Jean Hopfensperger | Star Tribune
Reporter | Religion, Faith & Values

Jean Hopfensperger is the religion, faith and values reporter for the Star Tribune. She focuses largely on religious trends shaping Minnesota and the nation. 

A veteran reporter, Hopfensperger has covered religion, philanthropy, immigration, the state legislature, human services and Central American issues. Before joining the Star Tribune, she worked for several years in Central America, reporting on conflicts for U.S. newspapers such as The Christian Science Monitor. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota focusing on international politics and U.S. social policy.


Minn. churches buffeted by low temperatures, high heat bills

With increasingly tight budgets, and often shrinking membership, they're striving to both pay for heat and maintain their half-century-old heating systems generating it.


Nienstedt probe reveals flaws in investigating church leaders, Minn. Catholics say

Pope Francis will convene a historic clergy sex abuse summit this month, and many Minnesota Catholics are watching to see if it tackles an issue…


Minnesota religious leaders join forces at Capitol

For nearly 50 years, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and more recently Muslim leaders have forged a joint legislative agenda that crosses religious lines.


Pope Francis launches 'Click To Pray' app

Ever wanted to pray with the pope? A new app lets you join his prayers.


Target Foundation revamps funding priorities for Minnesota nonprofits

Priority changes mean some charities will lose longtime financing.


Women's March draws 4,000 to State Capitol in St. Paul

Bundled-up marchers rallied for LGBT rights, immigration reform, violence prevention and more.


Minnesota priest named in lawsuit filed in Guam against Vatican

Lawsuit claims Vatican knew of abuse by the Rev. Louis Brouillard and Guam archbishop.


Minneapolis law firm's tradition honors a colleague and his faith

Tribute turns into unique interfaith Torah study.


With one year to go, Twin Cities Archdiocese is meeting court-ordered child protection measures

Judge told archdiocese officials they also must plan for the end of court oversight next year.


Catholic, Lutheran are most common faiths among Minnesota's congressional delegation

In survey, 88 percent of members of 116th Congress say they are Christian, compared with 71 percent of the U.S. population.