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.


Minnesota church attendance starts slowly this weekend

Many Minnesota churches opened their doors to smaller than expected crowds Sunday, and most didn't open at all, facing COVID-19 safety concerns and civil unrest…


Minnesota churches reopen this weekend with excitement, questions in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Many Minnesotans relish a return to church, while others still unsure of safety.


Minnesota churches open for first time since March 18

While any group could open its doors, Catholics had the advantage because they tend to have daily services.


Trump's threat intensifies tensions over reopening places of worship in Minnesota

Catholic leaders and Gov. Tim Walz met again Friday but made no announcement about reaching common ground.


Minnesota church groups divided on Gov. Walz's orders

Minnesota's Catholic archbishop says churches can be reopened safely while others stepped forward in support of refraining from moving too quickly.


Tom Johnson, St. Paul Archdiocese clergy abuse ombudsman, steps down

Volunteer post, required by clergy abuse settlement, will be held by his wife, Victoria Newcome Johnson.


Minn. priest, composer of 'On Eagle's Wings,' pens viral hymn for COVID-19

The Rev. Michael Joncas hopes his new song will bring comfort.


St. Paul Archdiocese has strong protection policies, review finds

Archdiocese has policies among best in nation but they have room for improvement, according to findings released by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.


Muslim charities step up with iftar meals, food boxes this Ramadan season

Every night around 6:30, the cars begin pulling into the parking lot of a Columbia Heights nonprofit. The folks inside are Muslims checking out a…


After tackling suburban poverty for Interfaith Outreach for 40 years, director steps down

LaDonna Hoy gained a reputation as a tireless advocate who got things done.