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

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


Religious shoppers less likely to be tempted to overspend

People of faith are more able to resist the temptation of impulse shopping than others, a new study suggests.


Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis clergy abuse victims to vote on settlement

Clergy abuse victims will begin voting on proposed settlement this month.


Luther Seminary in St. Paul gets record $21 million gift

Students are eligible for a tuition-free degree and experiments in learning.


As churches close in Minnesota, a way of life comes to an end

Minnesota's mainline Christian denominations face unprecedented declines, altering communities and traditions celebrated for generations.


Lutheran K-9 ministry links faith and fur in Minnesota

Bloomington church's "comfort dog" is one of a kind in the state


Catholic Charities sues St. Cloud Diocese over Children's Home property

Catholic Charities seeks to transfer ownership of Children's Home.


For Jewish seniors in the Twin Cities, kosher Meals on Wheels provides a 'way to connect'

Metro-area program, operating for more than 10 years, helps Jewish seniors stay true to their faith.


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.