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.


Catholics turn to foreign priests to ease clergy shortage

An estimated one in six Catholic priests in the U.S. now hail from other countries, including more than 50 of the 203 full-time priests active in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese.


Minnesota church is model for new way to help kids in need

The Rev. Tom Pfotenhauer, pastor at Woodbury Lutheran Church, said letting the children pick the person was "empowering" for them.


John Kinney, retired bishop of St. Cloud, dies at 82

Bishop John Francis Kinney arrived at the Diocese of St. Cloud in 1995, and soon began focusing on support for the poor and disadvantaged.He asked…


Hundreds attend funeral mass for former St. Paul archbishop

Flynn had been a popular and personable archbishop, known for his advocacy of the poor and disadvantaged and other social issues. He gained national prominence as one of the American bishops who penned a key document outlining church policy on clergy sex abuse.


Israeli TV series 'Shtisel' has megafans in Minnesota

The show has generated "Shtisel mania" among Minnesota's Jewish community and many other followers.


Minnesota volunteers take a different approach to disaster relief

Mike Anderson monitored the destruction of Hurricane Dorian on the news in recent weeks, pondering the massive reconstruction efforts that would be needed in the…


Study dispels 'generosity gap' between younger and older Christians

Pastors have long worried about the gap in giving between the young and old. A new study says it's not so simple.


St. Paul's Hebda to investigate Crookston bishop accused of pressuring victim

The Rev. Michael Hoeppner becomes first sitting U.S. bishop to face new Vatican rules.


Civil rights leaders want Hennepin County attorney off case in Minneapolis bus shelter crash

Driver who hit 6 people should have been charged with hate crime, they say.


A strange phone call leads to a Minneapolis Jewish artist's brush with fame — and zombies

Claude Riedel's glasswork plays a starring role in Sunday's episode of "Fear the Walking Dead" on AMC.