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

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


Trust grows with new archdiocese system to address clergy sex abuse

New process subjects clergy abuse reports to prompt, tight scrutiny.


Traveling exhibit of more than 150 saints' relics shows staying power

The exhibit, "Treasurers of the Church," draws the Catholic faithful to an old tradition.


Twin Cities parishes step up to help pay the $210M for clergy sex abuse

The $210 million settlement brought somber closure to years of disputes that have transformed the archdiocese.


Victims of clergy abuse settle with archdiocese for $210M

More than 400 victims of sexual abuse will share in the settlement, which ends a protracted bankruptcy dispute, attorneys said. It still must be approved by a judge.


New Minnesota faith alliance takes on racism

Black and white church leaders are banding together to take on a "national crisis."


Pulse Twin Cities Christian music fest and pillow fight comes to U.S. Bank Stadium

The May 18 event is the first major religious event to be held in the Vikings stadium.


Minnesota priest accused of abusing 60 boys in Guam

Dozens of men accuse a 96-year-old priest of molesting them when they were boys.


'Blessed Ramadan' lawn sign campaign in Minnesota is unexpected success

A campaign to support Muslims during their holiest month has attracted thousands of churches, schools — and the Minnesota National Guard.


Parishes can't be forced into archdiocese bankruptcy, court affirms

Appeals court affirms assets of parishes, other entities not available for bankruptcy settlement.


Earth Day 'Big Sing' comes to Minneapolis church

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