Diocesan Ministry Day

  • 07:30 AM
  • River's Edge Convention Center
  • 320-252-4721

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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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Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., is the fourth archbishop and ninth bishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville. He was installed August 15, 2007. Before coming to Louisville, Archbishop Kurtz served as Bishop of Knoxville from 1999 to 2007. He currently serves as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. of the Archdiocese of Louisville

Born on August 18, 1946 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, Archbishop Kurtz earned bachelor (1968) and master of divinity (1972) degrees from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and a master’s degree in social work from the Marywood School of Social Work in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1976. Archbishop Kurtz was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Allentown on March 18, 1972.

Before becoming bishop of Knoxville, Archbishop Kurtz served for 27 years in the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in charge of social services, diocesan administration, and parish ministry. He was pastor of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Parish in Bethlehem, Pa., from 1996 to 1999, and St. Mary Parish in Catasauqua, Pa., from 1988 to 1996, associate director and later executive director of the Catholic Social Agency and Family Life Bureau from 1976 to 1994, and diocesan coordinator for health affairs from 1991 to 1998. He also served in formation at St. Pius X Seminary, as an instructor at Mary Immaculate Seminary, and as the assistant director and promoter of vocations for the Diocese of Allentown. Archbishop Kurtz received the distinguished title of monsignor in 1986.

Archbishop Kurtz has served on numerous boards, including service on the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference from 1977 to 1998, as the president of the board of directors of the Catholic Social Agency from 1988 to 1999, and in Knoxville, as a member of the Association of Christian Denominational Leaders from 2000 to 2007. He was a member of the 2002 class of Leadership Knoxville, and he served as vice president of the USCCB from 2010 to 2013. Archbishop served on the board of Leadership Louisville from 2008 to 2014.

Elected president of the USCCB on November 12, 2013, Archbishop Kurtz serves on the executive and administrative committees of that body. He is the vice chancellor of the board of the Catholic Extension Society. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of America and on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He also serves on the board of St. Charles Seminary (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and on the Advisory Board to the Cause for Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification. In February of 2014, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Kurtz to the Holy See’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

7:30 a.m.        Continental Breakfast/ Registration and Exhibits

8:45 a.m.        Welcome and Prayer

9:00 a.m.        Keynote Speaker – Archbishop Joseph Kurtz – Pope Francis: Prophet of Hope and Mercy

10:15 a.m.       Learning Session 1 (60 minute workshop)

11:30 a.m.       Mass – Bishop Donald Kettler

12:45 p.m.      Lunch Buffet/ Exhibits

2:00 p.m.       Core Session 2 (90 minute workshop)

3:45 p.m.        Bishop Kettler – State of the Diocese Address/ Commissioning Service/Closing Prayer

4:00 p.m.       Departure

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Caroline Brennan

Catholic Relief Services’ Caroline Brennan serves as a foreign correspondent from the frontlines of crises in some of the most devastated parts of our world, from the crises in the Middle East to catastrophic natural disasters in the Philippines. Recently, Caroline has spent time in northern Iraq, Gaza, the Central Africa Republic and eastern Ukraine. Since 2012, Caroline has traveled frequently to the Syrian border to meet with Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. In late 2013 and early 2014, she traveled to the Filipino islands struck by Typhoon Haiyan. Caroline grew up in a military family that eventually settled in Austin, TX. Her family’s parish is St. Thomas Moore. Caroline graduated with a Journalism/Spanish degree from Texas A&M. She has four sisters.

 

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Christina Capecchi


Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated Catholic column “Twenty Something,” which appears in 50 diocesan newspapers across the country. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, America, U.S. Catholic and Catholic Digest. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University. She served on the board of The Catholic Spirit in St. Paul, Minn., where she previously worked as a staff writer. She managed the CatholicMatch blog and currently edits SisterStory.org.

 

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Mary Howe

 

Mary Howe has been involved in Catholic education for over 30 years. Her varied experiences include over 20 years as a classroom teacher, director of faith formation, and confirmation catechist. Currently, she is a consultant for Our Sunday Visitor. Mary holds an M.A. in religious education and has a passion for theology. She imparts enthusiasm and a sense of awe for our most important endeavor of passing on the Catholic faith.

 

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Jackie Johnson

 

Jackie Johnson has worked for the last four years as the mission & ministry coordinator at Sacred Heart Parish in Sauk Rapids, where she implements the parish-wide use of the StrengthsFinder assessment. She loves to use her communication talents to connect parishioners with ministry! She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children.

 

 

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Jeffrey Kaster, Ed.D.

 

Jeffrey Kaster, Ed.D. is director of the Youth In Theology and Ministry Program for St. John’s University School of Theology•Seminary and an adjunct professor of theology at St. John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict. He also serves as the coordinator of Lilly Youth Theology Network. Jeff completed a MA in Scripture from St. John’s School of Theology•Seminary in 1984 and a doctorate of education from the University of Minnesota in 2008.

 

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Fr. Robert Rolfes

 

Fr. Robert Rolfes has served the Diocese of Saint Cloud for more than 35 years — 16 years as vice chancellor, 14 years as chancellor and currently serves as vicar general and moderator of the curia. In addition to his service at the diocesan offices, he also has been pastor of various parishes in the diocese.

 

 

 

 

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Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB

 

Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, is a monk of St. John’s Abbey. He teaches liturgy, liturgical music and Gregorian chant at St. John’s University School of Theology-Seminary. He is the founder of the National Catholic Youth Choir. He is widely published and frequently presents across the country on liturgy and music. He is the author of “Sacred Music and Liturgical Reform: Treasures and Transformations,” and of “Responsorial Psalms for Weekday Mass: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter.” He does priestly ministry at the local county jail and the neighboring community of Benedictine sisters in St. Joseph.

 

 

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Fr. Larry Snyder

Since February 2, 2015, Father Larry Snyder has served as the Vice-President for Mission at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
Prior to that, he served as President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the national office of more than 160 local Catholic Charities agencies nationwide that provide help and create hope to more than 9 million people a year, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Since joining CCUSA in 2005, Snyder was responsible for leading the overall direction of the Catholic Charities movement and the strategic leadership of CCUSA. He oversaw CCUSA’s work to reduce poverty in America, encouraging government, , business, and academia to raise the issue of poverty in the national conversation.
Father Snyder was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1988 and served as associate pastor at Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids, MN, from 1988 to 1990 and Nativity of Mary Church in Bloomington, MN, from 1990 to 1991.
Prior to entering the seminary, Father Snyder was a high school teacher for eight years, teaching music and German at St. Bede Academy in Peru, IL, and Marquette High School in Ottawa, IL. Father Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, IL. He also holds a master’s degree in divinity from the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and a MPA from Hamline University in St. Paul.

 

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Willow Sweeney Flaherty

Willow Sweeney Flaherty is co-founder of Top 20 Training, which provides training and materials to empower leaders, teachers, parents and students to develop their potential. She and her Top 20 team have trained over 200,000 leaders throughout the United States. Her work with schools and businesses focuses on developing more effective workplace teams and cultures. Willow has co-authored “Top 20 Teachers: The Revolution in American Education,” “Top 20 Parents: Raising Happy, Responsible and Emotionally Healthy Children” and “Top 20 Teens: Discovering the Best-kept Thinking, Learning and Communicating Secrets of Successful Teenagers.” Willow’s career has included high school teaching and coaching. She has been a national speaker and trainer since 2002. She and her husband, Brian, have two sons and live in St. Cloud.

 

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Julianne Donlon Stanz

 

Julianne Donlon Stanz is an international inspirational speaker living in Green Bay, Wis. Born and educated in Ireland, Julianne left Ireland in 2001 to pursue a career in America. Julianne is a parishioner at St. Mary’s Parish in Algoma, Wis. Currently she works for the Diocese of Green Bay as director of adult faith formation. Profoundly influenced by her life in Ireland and her interest in Celtic spirituality she infuses her talks, seminars and retreats with passion and a fresh perspective. Dynamic, energetic and engaging, Julianne’s unique message has touched countless lives.

 

 

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John Thavis


John Thavis is a journalist, author and speaker specializing in Vatican and religious affairs. He grew up in Minnesota, attending Catholic schools and graduating from St. John’s University in 1973. In 1983 he took a reporting job with Catholic News Service and began covering the Vatican daily. He traveled with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to more than 60 countries, and reported on other religious stories from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2012 Thavis retired from his CNS position to devote full time to writing, and moved back to the United States. His book, “The Vatican Diaries,” was published February 2013.

 

 

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Patrick Trueman

 

Patrick Trueman Esq., CEO & President of Morality in Media, Inc. is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, U. S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity. He managed an office of twenty of prosecutors and support staff, and worked with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions. Among his duties at MIM, Mr. Trueman directs the War on Illegal Pornography, a national coalition effort involving dozens of national, state and local groups that are educating the American public on the great harms of pornography and calling for vigorous enforcement of federal laws against illegal pornography.

 

 

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Mary Wright

Mary Wright has an MSW and a bachelors in science with a secondary teaching certificate. She has taught at the secondary and college levels and has presented at parish, diocesan and national conferences. She has over thirty years of working with the Catholic Church, including fourteen years with the Human Rights in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and twelve years at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Mary helped found a Rape Crisis-Battered Women’s Center, create the not-for-profit organization In the Child’s Best Interest, and develop the Center for Social Justice Education and Research at St. Louis University. She has served on the board of The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors with the National Pastoral Life Center and served on numerous committees at the USCCB

LEARNING SESSION 1

A-01 A Field Update from Today’s Top Humanitarian Emergencies

Caroline Brennan

Caroline reports from the frontlines of emergency and development work across the world, including recently in northern Iraq, the Syrian border, eastern Ukraine and the Philippines. She will share perspective, stories and insights from the most pressing humanitarian crises today.

A-02 Full Time Christianity: Creating a Culture of Intentional Discipleship in your Parish (Part One)

Juliann Stantz

It is clear that we are at a time of immense challenge and also possibilities as a Church. The 2008 Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) study entitled “Sacraments Today: Belief and Practice Among U.S. Catholics states that only 23% of U.S. Catholics regularly attend Mass once a week, yet 77% self-identify as proud to be Catholic. It is clear that our ministerial landscape is changing and we must be ready to meet those needs.
What does it take to move adults and particularly young adults from apathy and complacency to vibrancy and engagement? How can we intentionally form disciples who are “on fire” for Christ? Disciple-making doesn’t just happen because a church exists and people show up. Forming disciples implies intentionality and process, an invitation into a life giving relationship with Christ. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis asks of us “what steps we are taking so that the faith guides our existence because there are no part-time Christians, at certain moments, in certain circumstances, in certain choices”.
Whether you are a seasoned veteran or newly contemplating parish ministry you will leave this workshop with an enhanced understanding of the need for creating a culture of intentional discipleship in the parish and some practical strategies to do so.
Participants will…
 (1) Gain a greater understanding of the changing landscape of religious diversity nationally and globally
 (2) Examine national and trends that are influencing ministry
 (3) Identify creative strategies in ministering effectively and intentionally

A-03 Learning to Live Your Strengths


Jackie Johnson

God has gifted each person with unique talents. Identifying these talents is the first step in affirming them. Learning to live out our talents in daily life is the next step, the one that is most challenging. So much of our society has programmed us into believing that to achieve more we must first fix all those inherent weaknesses in ourselves. The Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment is a tool that can be used to reverse this negative thought process. In this session, we’ll learn how to recognize individual talents, explore the StrengthsFinder assessment, and discover its implications for our spiritual lives.

A-04 Living Above the Line: How Our Thinking Governs Our Experience (Part One)

Willow Sweeney Flaherty

This session focuses on becoming aware of our thinking so we know when it is working and when it is not working. It explores (1) the conditions that come up in our life that invite us to go Below the Line, (2) indicators telling us when we are Below, (3) how to handle Below the Line experiences with more grace and dignity and (4) how to trampoline back Above the Line. This session is part one of a two part workshop.

A-05 Papal Trips & Pope Culture: Behind the Scenes at the Vatican

John Thavis

Pope Francis arrives in the United States in September, carrying on the modern tradition of “pilgrim popes” who travel the globe. John Thavis, who has covered papal trips to more than 60 countries, takes a look behind the scenes at how these visits are planned and how they unfold – in sometimes unexpected ways.

A-06 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.

A-07 Singing Proper Antiphons: Why, What, How?

Fr. Anthony Ruff, O.S.B.

The official documents allow for broad freedom in selecting hymns, songs, or antiphons at Mass, and the antiphon option is a growing area of interest. This session will explore why to sing antiphons, what the various sources are for musical settings, and how to sing them effectively.

A-08 Strengthening Ministry for Latinos

Lucia Baez Luzando and Ricardo Luzando, M.D.

A-09 Synod on the Family

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, D.D.

A-10 The Face of Poverty Today: The Widow, the Orphan and the Stranger

Fr. Larry Synder

This presentation will explore the face of poverty today and why we should care.  It will be grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and present strategies for the future.

A-11 The Future of American Catholicism: Lessons from the Young Church

Jeffrey Kaster, Ed.D.

Catholicism is in trouble in the United States.  Pew research suggests that one third of Catholic adults born and raised in the United States no longer affiliate with the Catholic Church. We all know that people are leaving the church, but do we also know that young people have much to teach us about the future of American Catholicism. They are seeds of a hopeful future unfolding before our eyes. Over the last twenty years the Lilly Endowment has invested a hundred million dollars fostering the next generation of young leaders for church and society. This presentation will discuss the amazingly positive lessons learned from Lilly’s youth theology initiative and explore its implications for the future of American Catholicism.

A-12 The Three Cs of a Successful Catechetical Program: Catechist, Curriculum, and Caregivers

Mary Howe

This workshop will provide Coordinators and Directors information on recruiting, training, and retaining Catechists; how to ensure a vital Curriculum that encompasses the total Catechetical Program (not just the text); and finally engaging the parents, or Caregivers, as primary educators of their children in the Faith.

A-13 Young Adults and the Church: What do they want? What do they need? How can we serve them better?

Christina Capecchi

One third of young adults do not affiliate with any religion, a record high. Why are we losing them? This session will share eye-opening data on young Catholics along with case studies on what does and doesn’t work to engage them in the Church.

 

CORE SESSION 2

B-01 A Catholic Response to the Sexual Exploitation Culture

Patrick Trueman

The talk will discuss the sexual exploitation culture that we have constructed for our children and how it damages their young lives, destroys the futures of many, leads to the destruction of marriages and to increased prostitution and even sex trafficking.  It will incorporate information on the influence of television, movies, and pornography.  Solutions and optimism for the future will also be discussed.

B-02 Encounter: Live the Francis Effect!

Mary Wright

Workshop participants will explore the Holy Father’s messsage of encounter, of “standing towards” the world and the other.  Come to the workshop ready to engage the dialogue and to learn about program options, for youth, schools and parishes.

B-03 From the Front Lines of Crisis – Humanitarian Emergencies Through the Lens of Women

Caroline Brennan

The images from the world’s global crises rarely feature those at the heart of them: Women. Caroline Brennan will shine a spotlight on the issues facing women in today’s most pressing humanitarian crises, and the unique needs and impact of support for women and girls.

B-04 Full Time Christianity: Creating a Culture of Intentional Discipleship in your Parish (Part Two)

Juliann Stantz

It is clear that we are at a time of immense challenge and also possibilities as a Church. The 2008 Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) study entitled “Sacraments Today: Belief and Practice Among U.S. Catholics states that only 23% of U.S. Catholics regularly attend Mass once a week, yet 77% self-identify as proud to be Catholic. It is clear that our ministerial landscape is changing and we must be ready to meet those needs.
What does it take to move adults and particularly young adults from apathy and complacency to vibrancy and engagement? How can we intentionally form disciples who are “on fire” for Christ? Disciple-making doesn’t just happen because a church exists and people show up. Forming disciples implies intentionality and process, an invitation into a life giving relationship with Christ. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis asks of us “what steps we are taking so that the faith guides our existence because there are no part-time Christians, at certain moments, in certain circumstances, in certain choices”.
 Whether you are a seasoned veteran or newly contemplating parish ministry you will leave this workshop with an enhanced understanding of the need for creating a culture of intentional discipleship in the parish and some practical strategies to do so.
Participants will…
 (1) Gain a greater understanding of the changing landscape of religious diversity nationally and globally
 (2) Examine national and trends that are influencing ministry
 (3) Identify creative strategies in ministering effectively and intentionally

B-05 Living Above the Line: How Our Thinking Governs Our Experience (Part Two)

Willow Sweeney Flaherty

This session focuses on becoming aware of our thinking so we know when it is working and when it is not working. It explores (1) the conditions that come up in our life that invite us to go Below the Line, (2) indicators telling us when we are Below, (3) how to handle Below the Line experiences with more grace and dignity and (4) how to trampoline back Above the Line. This session is part two of a two part workshop.

B-06 Pope Francis and the Promise of Vatican II

John Thavis

Pope Francis has no interest in rekindling debates over the Second Vatican Council. Instead, he wants to bring its teachings more fully into the life of the church. The church as a “field hospital,” the role of mercy in theology and morality, the call for pastors to be close to their people, the embrace of liturgical reform – all this is earning Francis a reputation as the “pope of Vatican II.”

REGISTRATION:

Registration is non-refundable and includes continental breakfast and lunch:

Through August 21, 2015:
$60 per person

After August 21, 2015:
$65 per person

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