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 priest who says COVID-19 is a scam told to halt such preaching

But the Rev. Robert Altier still insists the pandemic is a "lie.''


George Burbie, longtime social work leader, dies at 75

He oversaw a team in the employee assistance program at Ceridian Corp., and also worked as a nonprofit consultant, his wife said.


Twin Cities Jewish community has grown by 23% since 2004

Strong economy, interfaith marriages and new migration drive trend.


Two renegade priests deny COVID, condemn Democrats

Catholic priests — all faith leaders — are supposed to steer clear of endorsing political leaders, at minimum from the pulpit. But the two incendiary speeches reveal that the country's polarized political climate is drifting through some church doors.


Priest accused of child sex abuse was allowed at Minn. Catholic music camp

More fallout from the abuse reports against David Haas, one of the nation's most popular composers of Catholic liturgical music.


Faith groups grapple with economic fallout of COVID-19

In-person donations have shrunk or evaporated. While online donations have jumped, faith leaders worry that could dwindle.


Popular Catholic composer accused of sexual misconduct

David Haas, who worked at Benilde-St. Margaret, St. Paul Seminary and St. Catherine's, has been accused of sexual misconduct toward multiple young women who studied with him over the years.


In Minnesota, mutual aid groups surge in wake of Floyd death

Mutual aid societies revived to help with riot losses, pandemic


New Ulm bishop resigns, citing health reasons

The Rev. John LeVoir oversaw the diocese during sexual abuse lawsuits and bankruptcy.


Twin Cities Black clergy hope to seize power of the moment

A group of Twin Cities Black pastors has been discussing a proposal with Gov. Tim Walz to create a Minnesota "social compact" that would forge new investments and public policies to begin erasing racial inequities.