IMPORTANT:  Archdiocesan Information on

Unemployment Benefits

Many of our APM Members are now on unpaid furlough, while some might be facing layoffs due to Covid-19.  Because of this, you might not have access to your work email.  To ensure all of you received this information, we are posting this important message and document on unemployment for those working in the Archdiocese:

Dear Pastors and Business Administrators,

In light of the unemployment benefits provided in the recently enacted CARES Act, parishes are encouraged to have all furloughed or laid off staff members apply for unemployment compensation benefits even if the parish does not currently participate in the Minnesota unemployment program. Most, if not all, furloughed or laid off employees should qualify for the federal benefits under the CARES Act even if they do not qualify for state unemployment benefits.

Attached is a March 31 memo from the General Counsel’s Office of the USCCB that explains the unemployment benefits and relief provided to religious nonprofits and their employees in the CARES Act.

Sincerely, Joe

Joseph F. Kueppers, J.D.  

Chancellor for Civil Affairs


777 Forest Street |  Saint Paul, MN  55106

T: 651.291.4405  |  M: 651.291.4464

Important Update on the APM Banquet and the Mary Mulheron Award Presentation


Because of the Covid 19 pandemic and being attentive to the common good, the APM board had made the decision to cancel our May 27 banquet. The board is discussing options for "better days".

With the cancellation of this year's banquet, the APM Board will be discussing options for how and when the Mary Mulheron Award will be presented.  As soon as the Board has made a decision on when and how the award will be presented, membership will be notified via email and website posting.  When the recipient has been selected membership will be notified.  Thank you for your patience and support.


Prayers continue for all of you during these difficult and challenging times.

About Us

Did you miss APM's retreat, with Christine Luna Munger on March 5?
Read Sr. Mary Anne Schaenzer's article
Fragments of Our Day of Retreat on the Topic of
Facing Fragmentation through Dialogue with God, Self, and Others

APM is a community of caring people committed to the Church's human service ministries and the support of one another in those ministries.


The role of our members is one of leadership in calling people forth to respond to their baptism through ministry and in modeling new ways of ministering.


We are dedicated to nurturing relationships with individuals and organizations within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and beyond its boundaries.


We are a community of discernment seeking to discover and to implement ways that will strengthen and improve the quality of our ministry modeled after the life and teachings of Jesus.

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