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

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


Earth Day 'Big Sing' comes to Minneapolis church

Group sings, once mainly religious, are being embraced by social activists — including on Earth Day.


2 Easters, 3 languages and a community of faith at Trinity Lutheran

150-year-old Trinity Lutheran keeps its welcoming arms wide open


At Apple Valley worship service, faith and ravioli make a nice pairing

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church offers potluck smack in the middle of the service.


First clergy abuse settlement approved in Minnesota

The Crosiers, a small religious order in Onamia, will pay $25 million to 67 abuse victims.


American Indian teens head to Vatican, hoping to overturn historic papal decrees

They formed the basis of the so-called Doctrine of Discovery, which shapes U.S. Indian policy to this day and haunts Indians' well-being, the group says.


St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese objects to Crosier abuse settlement

Abuse victims argue late objection puts their hard-fought settlement in jeopardy.


Shakopee church keeps Easter passion play tradition alive

Passion plays date to the Middle Ages and are still popular in Minnesota.


Archdiocese bankruptcy is dragging on, taking toll on all

Victims and parishes in Twin Cities Archdiocese dwell in uncertainty as bankruptcy enters its fourth year with no settlement in sight.


Study shows why young Catholics leave the church

There are the growing numbers of young Catholics leaving the church — the focus of a new national study to examine why they're departing and where they're landing.


St. Cloud Diocese to declare bankruptcy after sex abuse claims

It's the fourth such bankruptcy in Minnesota.