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.


New network aims to link interfaith efforts in Minnesota

The Minnesota Multifaith Network kickoff is Dec. 16.


Minnesota Sikhs celebrate 550th anniversary of their faith

Minnesota adherents reach out to mark faith's founding.


'Blank Friday' offers Zen alternative to shopping in Minneapolis

Minnesota Zen Meditation Center lets visitors seek peace, not purchases


Minnesota radio station launched by Billy Graham marks 70th year

The traditional organ recitals and church melodies have morphed into contemporary Christian music on KTIS FM 98.5.


Great Big Challah Bake links 500 cooks, one faith in Twin Cities metro

The event in Hopkins offers a night of global solidarity for Jews.


Exorcisms make a 21st century comeback in Minnesota, U.S.

No official data are available, but church leaders say there are more Catholic exorcists in the U.S. today than at any time in recent memory.


St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese taps restorative justice to heal impact of sex abuse

The archdiocese is a national leader in using the techniques to address the lingering repercussions of clergy abuse, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice said.


Study explores what's replacing religion for young people

A new research institute has been launched in Minnesota specifically to explore this question, focusing on where 13- to 25-year-olds — from all religious backgrounds — are finding the support often offered at religious institutions.


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.