Diocesan Ministry Day

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Diocesan Ministry Day

Hands of Justice

Monday, September 30, 2013

at the

River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud
(formerly called the Civic Center) Map to Convention Center

Exhibitor’s may set up at 4 PM on Sunday, September 29

We will be featuring workshops in numerous areas of ministry, Mass, exhibitors, and opportunities for fellowship with a dynamic keynote and other speakers.

 

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7:30 a.m. Continental breakfast, Registration & Exhibits

8:45 a.m. Welcome & Prayer

9:00 a.m. Keynote : Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J., J. D.

10:00 a.m. Learning Session I

11:15 a.m. Liturgy

12:30 p.m. LUNCH Buffet / Exhibits

1:45 p.m. Learning Session II

3:00 p.m. Learning Session III

4:15 p.m. Closing Prayer

Keynote Speaker, Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D.

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Fr. Fred Kammer is a priest, an attorney and a member of the New Orleans Province of the Jesuits.  Currently he is the director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University New Orleans.  From 2002 to 2008, he was the Provincial Superior of the New Orleans Province.  From 1992 to 2001, he was the president/CEO of Catholic Charities USA, the nation’s largest voluntary human service network.  Prior to that he worked primarily in legal services for the poor in Atlanta and in Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge.

He has written three books: “Doing Faithjustice: An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought [Paulist Press 1991, 1992, 2005], “Salted with Fire: Spirituality for the Faithjustice Journey” [Paulist Press 1995; Wipf and Stock Publishers 2008] and “Faith. Works. Wonders.—An Insider’s Guide to Catholic Charities” [Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2009].

His education includes a master’s in divinity in 1977 from Loyola University of Chicago, a doctor of jurisprudence from Yale University School of Law in 1972 and a bachelors degree from Spring Hill College in 1969.

 

 

Featured Speaker, David Walsh, Ph.D.

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David Walsh, Ph.D. has emerged as one of the world’s leading authorities on children, teens, parenting, family life, and the impact of technology on children’s health and development. He spent 10 years teaching and coaching high school students before joining Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis to develop and direct innovative counseling programs for youth and families. In 1995, Dr. David Walsh founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. He recently founded Mind Positive Parenting to help caring adults better understand how to help kids thrive in the 21st century.Dr. Dave Walsh has presented workshops to parents, educators, and professionals throughout the world. A consultant to the World Health Organization and the Ministries of Education in Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, he has testified before congressional committees on numerous occasions. Dr. Walsh’s workshops blend humor, warmth, scientific substance, and practical advice.

He is the author of nine books, including the national best sellers “Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen” and “No: Why Kids – of All Ages – Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It.” This last book serves as the focal point of the national Say Yes to No campaign, which teaches parents and educators how to instill self-discipline in America’s children and ensure our kids our success in school and life. His latest book is “Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier.”

Dr. Walsh has authored columns on numerous topics and his articles have appeared in newspapers across the country, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and others.

A frequent guest on national radio and television, Dr. Walsh has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline NBC, ABC’s 20/20, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and has been featured on three nationally broadcast PBS specials. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Council on Family Relation’s Friend of the Family Award.

Dr. Walsh is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, is a senior advisor at Search Institute and has published many articles in the professional and general press. He is active in many professional associations, is a licensed psychologist and has been the recipient of awards and an honorary doctorate.

He received his B.A. degree from Mt. Carmel College, his M.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Monica live in Minneapolis, have three adult children and four grandchildren.

WORKSHOPS

SESSION 1

A01 – Adverse Childhood Experiences
Amie Schumacher
This session will speak to the ripple-effects of these traumatic experiences across generations; how these experiences impact spiritual and faith development; relationship with God; faith and trust in God; vocational identity; capacity for discipleship; impact on the family; and the reality that this is a pro-life issue. Many of our central Catholic Social teachings speak to these “ACE’s” and why it is imperative that people gain a greater understanding of how the ripple-effects of ACE’s are felt throughout our church, families, and communities. My emphasis will be on how these impact families, since that’s a passion for me.

A02 – Chimichanga Theology: Cultural Fluency with Today’s Latino Families
Victor Valenzuela
This workshop will take a look at cultural fluency,cultural competency, statistics of Latino population, re-imagining an environment that is culturally welcoming, outreach into the Latino community, and practical tips on best practices in education.

A03 – Engaging students with Multi-Touch Textbooks
Brian Hurd
In this session Brian Hurd will explain how Multi-Touch Textbooks on the iPad work, and how they engage students and enhance learning. Teaching strategies will also be provided for teachers who want to use this exciting new technology. As the author of a number of Multi-Touch Textbooks that are available for sale on the Apple iBooks Store, Brian will explain how teachers can use materials they are already using to create their own eBooks. He will also discuss the publication process and provide suggestions for teachers who want to assemble a Multi-Touch Textbook for use in their own classroom or possibly for sale

A04 – HIdden Gifts
Kelly Wahlquist
In every circumstance and situation, God’s grace can come to us through others. People who come into our lives and stay bring us continuing gifts, opportunities, and yes, challenges; and, each of us bring gifts of grace into the lives of others. Often these gifts, which bear the grace of God are hidden – at least to us – until God calls them out into action in His perfect timing. Many Old and New Testament saints had hidden gifts for the building of the People of God. We too have been given gifts to help build His Mystical Body, the Church, but at times we may feel we have no idea what they are. We need to learn to ask God to reveal our hidden gifts, to recognize them, and to put them into practice for the greater glory of the kingdom and the praise and glory of His Name.

A05 – Marriage Matters: Teaching a Catholic Perspective in Midst of a Changing Culture
Chris Codden
Students are bombarded with confusing messages regarding marriage, sexuality and morality on a daily basis. With pending changes in existing laws, this confusion will only escalate. Regardless of the secular message, the Church can and needs to be that voice of clarity. Come and explore how we can offer a clear, concise message regarding these topics from a Catholic perspective, so students will learn the difference between what the world is offering and what God’s plan truly is.

A06 – Mirroring the Parish
Sister M. Christelle Watercott, OSF & Sister Mary Dumonceaux, OSF
This session will focus on a Spirituality of Hospitality Ministry in the parish. “How do I/how do I want to/ represent our parish in my encounters with others?” “What are the first impressions of our parish that I give to those who come to the office or call on the phone?”

A07 – Mission Discipleship, Rooted in Baptism
Fr. Tom McQuaid
Using stories and examples from his many mission experiences, Fr. McQuaid will illustrate the baptismal call we all share to be disciples alongside our global brothers and sisters, and what resources are available to parishes and individuals striving to share this call.

A08 – Offer What You Have: From the Paralysis of Scarcity to the Vitality of Abundance
Jackie Witter, Ed. D.
In the face of reductions of staff and resources and in light of changes in diocesan, parish and school structures, we can become paralyzed by a sense of limitations and scarcity. We will consider the dispositions and practices that cultivate and foster a sense of abundance even in the midst of the realities we must address, so that our ministry is characterized by the vitality of abundance and a spirit of gratitude for God’s lavish generosity.

A09 – Prepare the Body so the Spirit Can Sing
Eileen Farrell
As we open, risk, learn and care for our voices, we also take that journey spiritually. It really is all about a life steeped in trust and prayer. Henri Nouwen writes, “In all moments we gradually make our lives more of a prayer and we open our hands to be led by God even to places we would rather not go.” Singing is such an intimate risk. How often we hear the lament of those who were told early on that they should “keep silent” and how that affects their whole life in terms of singing. To open, to release with abandon is risky – somehow there is a great connection between the opening of our lips (as the psalmist says) and the opening of our hearts to God. There is also the tension between muscle and breath (body and spirit). It must exist physically and spiritually – a balancing act of sorts. For church musicians this is most important; preparing the body so the spirit can sing. God gives us this wonderful instrument. For singers, it is what most vividly helps us experience him. This workshop will link the physical care of the voice and body to that care and growth in the spirit.

A10 – Tending Transitions – Cultivating Change
Sister Michaela Hedican, OSB
Life today is filled with transitions and changes. Ways to view these experiences in the light of our faith tradition will be the topic of this workshop. Ways to be with others as they experience transitions and changes will also be addressed.

A11 – The Year of Faith
Kathy Glatz
The Road to Emmaus Gospel story provides a framework for this workshop which includes prayer, a minister’s self-check, Pope Benedict’s “Door of Faith,” Eric Sammons “Three Branches of the Year of Faith,” and Sherry Weddell’s, “Forming Intentional Disciples.” Attendees will leave with knowledge of how we articulate faith, how to create ownership in our parishes during the Year of Faith and set goals for implementation.

A12 – What are My MAP Reports Telling Me?
Les Perry
When your MAP reports are available, do you ask yourself how to access them? Once you find them, do you wonder what they are telling you about your students and how you will use them? In this session we will discuss the essential MAP reports (Class Report, Breakdown Reports, Student Progress Report, Student Goal-Setting Worksheet, and Achievement Status and Growth Report). Where you find them, how you interpret them, and how you might use them.

A13 – Youth ministry Today: Engaging a New Generation (Part 1)
Frank Mercadante
Engaging A New Generation Workshop (Two-Part Workshop; part one covers the cultural changes and part two covers the evangelistic implications)
Engaging A New Generation Workshop is an eye-opening seminar that helps clears the haze behind many teens’ polite disinterest in church, religious education, and youth ministry. Moving well beyond what we are doing wrong, this interactive and media rich presentation carefully organizes and clearly articulates the needs and perspectives of Millennial Generation teens by examining three cultural shifts and their evangelistic and pastoral implications. And in the end, you will walk away with practical and reallife strategies for engaging 21st century teens.

SESSION 2

B01 – Challenge: Forming Kids in a Culture of “More, Fast, Easy, and Fun”
 – This two-session workshop begins  at 1:30pm – 
Dr. David Walsh
Character traits like self-discipline, perseverance, respect, integrity and responsibility are key predictors of success and happiness. Those traits, however, are difficult to foster in a culture that glorifies violence and screams “More, Fast, Easy, and Fun.” The result is a fast growing virus called Discipline Deficit Disorder, or DDD, with symptoms including distraction, disrespect, impatience, sense of entitlement and self-centeredness. Dr. David Walsh will connect the dots between cutting edge brain science and practical advice that lead to strategies that are not only important for our children’s well-being but essential for improving classroom performance for our community’s future.

B02 – Courageously Living Your Faith
Kelly Wahlquist
It has been said that families who have members with special needs are some of the most un-churched because they do not find opportunities in church to make connections and feel included. This workshop will share one approach
in developing a faith formation option that develops community, allows for faith development and offers support to the person with special needs as well as their family.

B03 – Creative Justice for the Artist: Copyright and the Parish Musician
Anita Fischer
Wait! Before you copy that piece of music… Some of the most frequent calls that come into the Office of Worship are in regard to copyright and music. What is a blanket license? What does a blanket license cover? Do I need a license to reprint the words of a song? What types of texts and music are copyrighted? Find out the answer to these questions and more.

B04 – Engaging and Forming Adults for Mature Discipleship
Jackie Witter, Ed. D.
The faith formation we receive as children and youth will not sustain us through adulthood as we experience the joys and sorrows of life. Adult faith formation is not simply ‘bigger people in bigger chairs’. We will explore the unique characteristics of effective adult faith formation and the specific principles that will help us truly engage adults and guide them in their lifelong faith journeys.

B05 – Fair Trade Fun
Shelby Vaske
Can an hour this delicious be called a WORKSHOP? Join the fun as we sample fabulous Fair Trade products while learning about the development and justice work of Catholic Relief Services around the world. Discover how (and WHY) to share Fair Trade, Catholic Social Teaching & more with young and old through games, activities and multimedia resources.

B06 – High School Theology of the Body 101
Fr. Ben Kociemba
This presentation will explore the wisdom of John Paul II’s monumental work of Theology of the Body and how this speaks to the relationships of high school students. We are made by God to be passionate people, living life to the fullest but rooted in the truth given to us by Sacred Scripture and philosophy. This will explore how we can provide the environment and encouragement students need to foster healthy relationships and sexuality within their crucial formative years.

B07 – How to Minister in a Multi-Cultral Parish
Victor Valenzuela
The headlines are alarming and vexing. They point to a multicultural population that is exploding and a church that is rapidly transforming into various shades of culture and languages. For ministers in the Catholic church this makes for a very confusing pastoral landscape. This workshop aspires to demystify the cultural, linguistic and socio-economically challenges that are before us. In the end, each person will leave this workshop with a cultural fluency that will not only enhance their ministry but will enliven and bring new focus to it. Cultural competency is about becoming more than just proficient in another culture.

B08 – Sacramental Record Keeping
Fr. Robert Rolfes
Everything you wanted to know about sacramental records but were afraid to ask. Question and answer session on documenting sacramental records for Baptism, First Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, and Death.

B09 – The Community Discourse in Matthew 18
Sister Margaret Michaud, OSB
In the context of Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 18 sets forth the values and practices which characterize a Christian community. This session will explore the text, making note of its implications for communities today.

B10 – The Year of Faith
Kathy Glatz
The Road to Emmaus Gospel story provides a framework for this workshop which includes prayer, a minister’s self-check, Pope Benedict’s “Door of Faith,” Eric Sammons “Three Branches of the Year of Faith,” and Sherry Weddell’s, “Forming Intentional Disciples.” Attendees will leave with knowledge of how we articulate faith, how to create ownership in our parishes during the Year of Faith and set goals for implementation.

B11 – Welcoming the Stranger: The Catholic Approach to Immigration Reform
Fr. Fred Kammer
This session will address the continuing agenda for Catholic social teachers and activists—what is unfinished business and what lies ahead for us; what needs further development; what has not be developed sufficiently or adequate to changing circumstances; and what future issues will call on the Catholic social tradition and challenge it to change and grow dynamically.

B12 – Wonderfully Made: Special Needs Students in Faith Formation
Molly Weyrens
It has been said that families who have members with special needs are some of the most un-churched because they do not find opportunities in church to make connections and feel included. This workshop will share one approach
in developing a faith formation option that develops community, allows for faith development and offers support to the person with special needs as well as their family.

B13 – Youth ministry Today: Engaging a New Generation (Part 2)
Frank Mercadante
Engaging A New Generation Workshop (Two-Part Workshop; part one covers the cultural changes and part two covers the evangelistic implications)
Engaging A New Generation Workshop is an eye-opening seminar that helps clears the haze behind many teens’ polite disinterest in church, religious education, and youth ministry. Moving well beyond what we are doing wrong, this interactive and media rich presentation carefully organizes and clearly articulates the needs and perspectives of Millennial Generation teens by examining three cultural shifts and their evangelistic and pastoral implications. And in the end, you will walk away with practical and reallife strategies for engaging 21st century teens.

SESSION 3

C01 – Becoming a Stewardship Parish: A Leap of Faith
Stewardship Committee at Sacred Heart Parish
Representatives from the Stewardship Committee at Sacred Heart Parish in Sauk Rapids discuss their ongoing transition to a Stewardship Parish. Learn the process, struggles, and reasons that make taking that leap in faith towards total stewardship a worthwhile effort. Join the discussion in this ideas-sharing session.

C02 – Challenge: Forming Kids in a Culture of “More, Fast, Easy, and Fun”
Dr. David Walsh
Character traits like self-discipline, perseverance, respect, integrity and responsibility are key predictors of success and happiness. Those traits, however, are difficult to foster in a culture that glorifies violence and screams “More, Fast, Easy, and Fun.” The result is a fast growing virus called Discipline Deficit Disorder, or DDD, with symptoms including distraction, disrespect, impatience, sense of entitlement and self-centeredness. Dr. David Walsh will connect the dots between cutting edge brain science and practical advice that lead to strategies that are not only important for our children’s well-being but essential for improving classroom performance for our community’s future.

C03 – Cultural Hour: A Meet and Greet with St. Cloud Missioners
Various foreign and returned missioners of the St. Cloud Diocese
The Diocese of Saint Cloud has been blessed with many mission connections and individuals serving as missioners here and around the world. Join us for a fun “meet and greet” with many of these missioners who will share artifacts, pictures, stories, experiences and cultural joys from numerous places around the world, including Asia, east and central Africa, Latin America and more.

C04 – If You Want to Thrive, Change!
Jackie Witter, Ed. D.
If living organisms do not continuously change they perish. This is also true for organizations and institutions. There is a natural resistance to change, however, that can prevent us from dealing with it in positive and effective ways. If we want to thrive we must effectively address the reality of change. We will explore the impact of change on us personally and on our school and parish communities and consider effective ways of introducing and dealing with change.

C05 – Sacramental Record Keeping
Fr. Robert Rolfes
Everything you wanted to know about sacramental records but were afraid to ask. Question and answer session on documenting sacramental records for Baptism, First Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, and Death.

C06 – The Farm to Fork Movement: Creating winning outcomes for Communities
Doug Scott
Participants will explore the growing Farm to Fork movement in Central Minnesota and discover that opportunities abound for schools and businesses who wish to support the local economy by buying produce from people they know and farms they can visit . Focus will be on agricultural principles that align with Catholic social teaching and are experiencing renewal because of this movement.

C07 – The Future of Solidarity: Challenges and Changes in Catholic Social Teaching
Fr. Fred Kammer
This workshop will explore how Catholic social thought has framed the immigration question: rights, responsibilities, and reform in light of Judeo-Christian scriptural and theological insights.

C08 – The Liturgy Committee: Is It All About Environment?
Julie Ludwig
The duties of the parish liturgy committee vary from parish to parish. Some may ask, “Do I need a liturgy committee? What does a liturgy committee do? Who can/should serve on a liturgy committee?” This workshop will address the Liturgy Committee from formation to implementation. Participants will receive a first hand look at the Liturgy Committee Handbook developed by the Office of Worship.

C09 – Two Biblical Shorties: The Book of Ruth and the Book of Jonah
Sister Margaret Michaud, OSB
These brief texts, each only four chapters long, proclaim powerful messages about God’s tender love for all people. This session will explore the extraordinary literary skill of the anonymous authors of these stories.

C10 – War, Never Again?
Ben Caduff
This presentation will look at Church teaching around issues of war and peace. The tenets of the Just War theory will be addressed as well as pastoral implications regarding current issues of war and peace like pre-emptive military action, the reality of terrorism and the use of torture in attempting to acquire military intelligence. Overall, this workshop will look at the ongoing challenge of the biblical call to be peacemakers in a world that continues to suffer from much violence and brokenness.

C11 – “You Can’t Make Me!” – Concerns with Religious Liberty in the Public Square
Fr. Tom Knoblach
The HHS Mandate. The redefinition of marriage. Taxpayer funding of abortion. Government definitions of religious organizations. The “Fortnight for Freedom.” These and other concerns led the U.S. Bishops to form an ad hoc committee on religious liberty in 2011. What is it all about? Are there threats to our freedom? How do we make a moral voice heard in a highly-politicized and divided society? Fr. Tom Knoblach, ethics consultant for the Diocese of St. Cloud, will discuss these issues and the Church’s response.

C12 – Youth Ministry in the Parish: The Essentials
Kent Schmitz
What are the basic ingredients to have a successful and engaging Youth Ministry? Participants will look at different models of ministry and how to apply these in their pastoral setting with youth and families.

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Ben Caduff  currently serves as the director of Campus Ministry/Social Concerns at Christ Church Newman Center in the Diocese of St. Cloud.  He has served in that position for the last seven years.  He has a theology degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and a master’s of divinity degree from St. John’s School of Theology/Seminary in Collegeville.

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Chris Codden has been the director of the Office of Marriage and Family for the last 26 years.  She is the past president of the National Association for Catholic Family Life Ministers and a consultant to the USCCB Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.  Chris has been married to her husband, Rich, for 36 years and is mother of three children and grandmother of two.

 

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Sister Mary Dumonceaux, OSF, has ministered as a teacher from elementary through university level.  She served as a missionary in Venezuela and Mexico and as a religious education coordinator/consultant in parishes and at the diocesan level.  As a certified spiritual director she has guided individuals, helped in formation of spiritual directors and regularly led retreats.  In each ministry,”I have been coached and supported by the long term staff to understand the continuity, customs, leadership and relationships needed to serve.”

 

eileen_farrellEileen Farrell is a Minnesota native. She has a bachelorís in vocal performance from the College of St. Benedict and a master’s in education from North Dakota State University. As a vocalist, she has been featured with the Dallas Bach Society, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Montana Chorale, The Carmel Bach Festival and The Robert Shaw Festival Singers. Eileen served as a vocal instructor to the cantors of the Diocese of Dallas before taking a position at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud, and was the music liturgist for the Church of St. Edward in Waterloo, Iowa. While in Iowa, Eileen worked as vocal music director at Columbus High School and vocal coach at Wartburg College.

 

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Anita Fischer is the director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Saint Cloud. She holds a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from St. John’s University. When not reading about, talking about, preparing for, or celebrating liturgy, she enjoys her family, running and reading. She resides in St. Joseph with her husband, Don, and three children.

 

 

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Kathy Glatz has over 20 years serving as a parish director of religious education in Iowa and currently is a curriculum consultant for Our Sunday Visitor. Her education includes a bachelor’s of science in home economics, a master of science in family studies, and a master’s of ministry degree. She recently has retired from parish ministry to pursue other interests such as reading, biking, quilting and traveling (the latest being a bike ride along the northeastern coast of Spain).

 

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Sister Michaela Hedican, OSB, is prioress of St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph. She has served as a middle school and high school religion teacher, retreat director, and in other areas of administration.  She has a master’s degree in religious education from Seattle University, Seattle Washington and a master’s in theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville.  She enjoys being with people, being in nature, movies, music and reading.

 

 

brian_hurdBrian Hurd

started his career in education as a paraprofessional in special education at Sartell Middle School in 1992. After seven years of working with special needs students he went back to St. Cloud State University and earned his teaching license in social studies in the spring of 2001. Since 2002 Brian has been at Mary of Lourdes Middle School in Little Falls, and is currently teaching social studies and computers. He has published a number of multi-touch textbooks that are available for sale for use on iPads through the Apple iBooks Store, including titles on the Civil War, Holocaust, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the Oregon Trail. His students have been using these e-books to learn instead of traditional paper textbooks. A self-proclaimed “travel addict,” Brian has visited many of the places he teaches about, including Rome, Greece, China, Egypt, Israel, Germany, Poland and others and all 50 states.

 

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Fr. Fred Kammer is a priest, an attorney and a member of the New Orleans Province of the Jesuits.  Currently he is the director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University New Orleans.  From 2002 to 2008, he was the Provincial Superior of the New Orleans Province.  From 1992 to 2001, he was the president/CEO of Catholic Charities USA, the nation’s largest voluntary human service network.  Prior to that he worked primarily in legal services for the poor in Atlanta and in Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge.

He has written three books: “Doing Faithjustice: An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought [Paulist Press 1991, 1992, 2005], “Salted with Fire: Spirituality for the Faithjustice Journey” [Paulist Press 1995; Wipf and Stock Publishers 2008] and “Faith. Works. Wonders.—An Insider’s Guide to Catholic Charities” [Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2009].

His education includes a master’s in divinity in 1977 from Loyola University of Chicago, a doctor of jurisprudence from Yale University School of Law  in 1972and a bachelors degree from Spring Hill College in1969.

 

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Fr. Tom Knoblach was ordained in 1987 for the Diocese of Saint Cloud.  He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Winona in 1983 and studied at the North American College and the Angelicum University in Rome.  He was asked to return to graduate studies in Houston (master’s in philosophy, 1994) and St. Louis (Ph.D. in health care ethics, 2003).  Fr. Knoblach is pastor of Holy Spirit, St Anthony and St. John Cantius parishes .  In addition to his parish work, he is the consultant for Healthcare Ethics for the Diocese of Saint Cloud. He also serves on several committees and boards on issues related to theology and ethics.  Fr. Knoblach enjoys reading, biking, walking, woodworking and auto mechanics.

 

ben_kociembaFr. Ben Kociemba is currently the chaplain at Cathedral High School and an assistant pastor in the Diocese of Saint Cloud. He went to St John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas. He attended University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, for graduate level theology. He finished with a master’s degree in divinity at St. Paul School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, hunting, snowboarding, reading and spending time with his family

 

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Julie Ludwig holds a bachelor’s in liturgical music from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University and a master’s in liturgical music from St. John’s School of Theology.  Julie currently serves as the director of Music and Liturgy for St. Boniface Parish in Cold Spring, where she has chaired the parish’s Liturgy and Environment Committee for the past 15 years.  She also serves on the Liturgy Committee for the Diocesan Office of Worship.

 

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Fr. Tom McQuaid works with Catholic Relief Services Regional Office out of Chicago, and serves as the CRS representative for St. Cloud Diocese.  Fr. McQuaid has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 33 years.  He served as a priest associate with Maryknoll, ministering primarily in Kenya for seven years. His experience also includes serving in Costa Rica and Bolivia. He received a doctor of ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

 

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After experiencing a powerful conversion at 17, Frank Mercadante could think of nothing better to give his life to than sharing with teens the same good news that so transformed his life during his teen years. Frank received his bachelorís in christian education from Wheaton College, a master’s from Loyola University, Chicago. For 10 years he served as director of youth ministry at St. John Neumann in St. Charles, Illinois, which was recognized as one of the most successful Catholic youth ministries nationwide, being featured in the book “Parishes That Excel”, by Fr. Patrick Brennan. Since 1991 Frank has served as executive director of Cultivation Ministries. He has designed and written extensive youth ministry training planning manuals used to help train and equip student leaders and adult youth workers internationally. Additionally, Frank has authored the books “Growing Teen Disciples,” “Positively Dangerous,” and “Make It Real” from St. Mary’s Press and “Disciples in Mission Small Group Leaders Guide for Teens” from PNCEA. Frank received the National Catholic Youth Ministry Award in Training from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in 2008. Frank is married to Diane, and they have six children (Sarah, Michael, Rebekah, Angela, Deborah, and Daniel.

 

Margaret Michaud

Sister Margaret Michaud, OSB, formerly of St. Bede Monastery in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is a member of St. Benedict’s Monastery.  She has a master’s degree in theology from St. John’s University.  For 16 years she taught a Scripture class for the Diocese of La Crosse.  In each of the four four-year sessions this class covered the entire Bible.  Sister Margaret works at the Spirituality Center at the monastery, and is available for presentations on Scripture and other aspects of the spiritual life.

 

 

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Les Perry has worked with NWEA for six years ñ five years with professional development and the past year as the Partner Accounts representative for Minnesota.  Prior to joining NWEA, he spent 36 years in Minnesota schools as a teacher, administrator,and curriculum coordinator.  Les is married with two children and lives in Detroit Lakes.

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Fr. Robert Rolfes has served the Diocese of Saint Cloud for more than 33 years, 16 years as vice chancellor and for the past 14 years as chancellor and currently serves as vicar general. In addition to his role as vicar general, he is the moderator of the Curia. Since 1977, he has served in various parishes in the diocese and is currently the pastor of the St. Mary, Help of Christians Parish in St. Augusta.

 

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Kent Schmitz is the consultant for religious education and youth ministry for the Diocese of Saint Cloud. He has been in church ministry for over 25 years and holds a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from St. Mary’s University in Winona. Kent is married to his wife Diane and they have three daughters and live near St. Joseph.

 

Scott Doug copyDoug Scott is the rural life coordinator for the Social Concerns Department of Catholic Charities.  An avid gardener and hobby farmer, Doug has taken a special interest in the local food movement in central Minnesota, believing that concerns over food health and safety, growing calls to strengthen the local family farm economy and an increased awareness of our fragile soil and water resources have created the perfect storm to propel this movement forward.  Doug lives on ë120 acres of heaven,í in rural Benton county along with is wife Amy and three teenage children.  He has a bachelorís in philosopohy from St. Johnís University and an masterís in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a concentration in Ethics and Aesthetics.

 

amie_schumacherwebAmie Schumacher serves as a chaplain at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. She also works part-time as a psychometrist at St. Cloud Neurobehavioral Associates, where she conducts assessments.  Amie currently attends St. John’s University School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, and is working towards the master of divinity degree. She completed a two-year residency clinical pastoral education and training at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. She also holds a master of science degree in counseling from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Amie worked as a psychometrist for almost 10 years at the Benton Neuropsychology Laboratory, within the Neurology Department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City, Iowa.

 

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Victor Valenzuela  has a bachelor’s of arts from St. Joseph Seminary in Menlo Park, California and a master of arts in education from the University of San Francisco, ICEL Program.  He has been in ministry for 20 years including classroom teaching, youth ministry, teacher training and participating in writing and developing of new materials.  And he has presented workshops to numerous groups both regionally and nationally.

 

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Shelby Vaske is a Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Ambassador, a volunteer role dedicated to educating, advocating and promoting Fair Trade.  Ambassadors around the country work to help connect U.S. Catholics with the farmers and artisans around the world who grow and make products to support their families and help build and strengthen their communities. Shelby lives in Paynesville and is a member of St. Boniface Parish, Cold Spring.

 

david-walshDavid Walsh, Ph.D., has emerged as one of the world’s leading authorities on family life, and the impact of technology on children’s health and development. He spent 10 years teaching high school students before joining Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis to develop and direct innovative counseling programs for youth and families. In 1995, David founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. He recently founded Mind Positive Parenting to help caring adults better understand how to help kids thrive in the 21st century.

He is the author of nine books, the latest of which is ìSmart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier.”A frequent guest on national radio and television, he has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline NBC, ABC’s 20/20 and many others.

Dr. Walsh is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, is a senior advisor at Search Institute and has published many articles in the professional and general press. He is active in many professional associations, is a licensed psychologist and has been the recipient of awards and an honorary doctorate. He received his bachelor’s degree from Mt. Carmel College, his master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Monica live in Minneapolis and have three adult children and four grandchildren.

 

kelly_wahlquistKelly Wahlquist is a dynamic and inspiring Catholic speaker whose gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice allows her audience to enter more fully into what Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict have called us into – to be witnesses of our faith and part of the New Evangelization.

Kelly is the assistant director of the Evangelization and Development Office for Parish Evangelization for the Association of Marian Helpers and also serves as the program manager for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute at the St. Paul Seminary. She is a contributing writer for The Integrated Catholic Life and also for CatholicMom.com, NewEvangelizer.com and The Divine Mercy and The Marians of the Immaculate Conception websites. She is the editor of Catholicism 101, a program by Jeff Cavins on the basics of Catholicism

 

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Sister Christelle Watercott, OSF has ministered 40 years in the Diocese of Saint Cloud in parish schools, religious education, and pastoral ministry.  Currently she is serving in hospitality ministry for her Franciscan Community in Little Falls.  “Wherever I have ministered, I have always felt that the clerical workers and support staff have some of the most important positions of ministry on the team.”

 

Weyrens_MollyMolly Weyrens is currently the director of faith formation at Christ Our Light Catholic Parish in Princeton/Zimmerman.  Her ministry has included teaching high school theology in Rochester, serving as campus ministerat the College of St. Scholastica and creating opportunities for spiritual companioning at the College of St. Benedict and helping to start the Central MN Catholic Worker in St. Joseph. She is a member of St.. Francis Xavier Parish in Sartell.

 

jackie_witterJacquelyne Witter is a retreat leader, presenter, facilitator and spiritual director.  Her areas of expertise include spirituality, ministry, liturgy, staff and organization development.  She designs and leads days of reflection, adult formation presentations, parish retreats, staff development and training.  Jackie has been a presenter at parish, regional, diocesan and national conferences as well as an instructor at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  Jackie was the founding director of  iLLUMINARE: Called for Service, Formed in Christ MINISTRY TO MINISTERS in St. Paul, a Lilly Endowment-funded initiative designed to foster pastoral excellence among church ministers.  Jackie is the executive director of ArtiSon Ministry Designs, a consultancy providing a range of formation and development services to dioceses, parishes, schools and faith-based organizations.  Jackie holds a doctorate in leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul; and graduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame and St. John’s University in Collegeville.

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