Jean Hopfensperger | Star Tribune
Reporter | Reporter - Philanthropy/Nonprofits

Jean Hopfensperger is a news reporter covering religion, faith and values.


Marriage to a minister is mixed blessing, survey finds

A new survey of pastor spouses, conducted by LifeWay Research, found many feel isolated with few close friends and considerable financial worries.


Minnesota Muslim-Jew alliances multiply in new political climate

Thanks to groundwork laid by religious leaders over the years, and jolted by heightened anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic tensions, Minnesota leaders of the two faiths are forging new alliances and bolstering existing ones.


Archbishop Bernard Hebda has embraced Minnesota — and his flock

Archbishop Bernard Hebda never expected to land in the Twin Cities, but he embraced Minnesota life.


Mpls. church seeks for earth to power its heavenly work

The faithful at Mount Olive Lutheran Church just wanted to make their 80-year-old building energy-efficient, a tangible step to care for God's creation. They didn't know they'd be blazing a trail for geothermal heating.


Names of 3 more St. John's Abbey priests who sexually abused children are released

The Collegeville abbey still has more than 60 lawsuits pending.


Minnesotans gear up to help hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and at home

Relief workers and volunteers are heading to Texas, and now Florida, to help storm victims.


American Protestants believe more like Catholics, survey finds

Some U.S. Protestants are unaware of the Reformation, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.


Archdiocese bankruptcy plans face off in court

Judge hears competing plans to settle the claims, assigns the archdiocese some homework.


Obituary: Bill Hirabayashi, 93, survived internment camp

Bill Hirabayashi was eager to enlist in the U.S. Army after Japan bombed the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in 1941. At the recruitment…


Bloomington Islamic Center picks up pieces after explosion

Mohamed Omar, the center's executive director, was daunted by the prospects of hosting a community event Tuesday night expected to draw thousands of supporters. But he was also very grateful.