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.

Religious exemptions pose new challenges to COVID vaccine mandates

As employer mandates grow, rising number seek religious exemptions.

COVID-19 has changed the way we worship, faith leaders say

Adaptations such as Zoom services and digital donations are here to stay.

Kenneth Schoen, national leader in criminal justice reform, dies

A tribute posted on the Minnesota Department of Corrections Facebook page called him "The Father of Community Corrections."

Pope's crackdown on Latin masses draws mixed response among Minnesota Catholics

The phenomena has developed in few nations besides the United States, said one scholar, who called Francis' order the most significant of his papacy.

3 pastors leave Minneapolis megachurch amid 'painful and confusing moment'

The tensions at Bethlehem reflect the fractures rocking the nation's evangelical Christian community amid racial reckoning and the MeToo movement.

'Angels Unawares' sculpture, commissioned by Pope Francis, arrives at Basilica of St. Mary

Dramatic life-size sculpture depicts immigrant experience, with life-size men, women and children packed into an boat. A pair of angel wings rise above the group.

Minnesota's last survivor of Holocaust children's rescue offers lesson in history

Benno Black boarded a train 82 years ago to an unknown future.

Historic northeast Mpls. church gutted by fire holding fundraiser for demolition

The congregation hopes its fundraiser Saturday will cover the cost of demolition and provide seed money for the future.

Sister Joan Tuberty, spiritual leader and psychiatric nurse, dies at 92

An academic with a master's degree in psychiatric and nursing education, Tuberty carried her book learning to the inner city of Minneapolis where she worked for nearly 25 years.

Most Minnesota bishops decline to reveal vote on communion draft

The decision of U.S. Catholic bishops to draft a new document on communion, a move rooted in distress over President Joe Biden's abortion rights stance, continues to stoke a heated national debate.