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National Eucharistic Revival Diocesan Kickoff

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Join us for  the diocesan kickoff of the National Eucharistic Revival. The day includes keynoter Fr. Derek Wiechmann, witness speakers, reflections, small group activities and refreshments. Eucharistic adoration and confession will be available. The day concludes with 5 p.m. Mass with the bishop, including a Corpus Christi procession. The event is free and all are welcome.


The plan for the day:

  • Keynote address by Father Derek Wiechmann
  • Eucharistic love stories by Deacon John Wocken, Michael Haney and Mary Jo Legare-Hoffman
  • Fellowship and faith sharing
  • Small group activities
  • Opportunities for prayer, eucharistic adoration and the sacrament of reconciliation
  • Concludes with 5:00 p.m. Mass with Bishop Donald Kettler, including a Corpus Christi procession


Keynote SpeakerWitness Speakers

Father Derek Wiechmann

Father Derek grew up on a dairy farm near St. Rosa, MN. He was ordained a priest in 2017 and is currently pastor of Four Pillars in Faith Area Catholic Community, made up of St. Louis in Foreston, St. Mary’s, in Milaca, St. Kathryn’s in Ogilvie and St. Mary’s in Mora. His love for the Eucharist began at a young age when after finishing barn chores his parents would take him to Mass and to Adoration.

Deacon John Wocken

Deacon John is a permanent deacon serving the parish communities of St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Augustine and St. John Cantius in St. Cloud. For the past 30 years, he has served as an elementary school teacher, currently teaching at St. Katharine Drexel School in St. Cloud. He also serves as a part-time chaplain at the St. Cloud Hospital. He and his wife Laura have four adult children and seven grandchildren.



Michael Haney

Michael joined the Catholic Church in August 2010. He has experienced many ups and downs in his 12-year journey from then to where he is today. Michael’s first marriage ended in divorce leading to the annulment process where much healing started. Through the sacraments, God started to change him and the course of his whole life. Michael joined St. Anthony Parish in St. Cloud where he got involved as a greeter, usher, Eucharistic minister, and a member of the parish council. In 2015, he met Katie and through their relationship, God called them both closer to him and each other. Michael and Katie married in 2016, have welcomed three daughters and are expecting their fourth child in September. He enjoys learning and leading his family in the joy of the Catholic faith. He also enjoys sharing his story so others can experience the saving grace and find their own path to Jesus. Michael is the Sales Manager at D.J. Bitzan Jewelers and lives in Royalton with Katie and their three girls: Mariana, Lucy and Isabel.


Mary Jo LeGare-Hoffman
Mary Jo is a wife, mother and registered nurse who has served as a commissioned lay minister in the Catholic Church for the past 25 years in the role of Faith Community Nurse. Her personal life and healing ministry is centered on Jesus who is truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist, as our Divine Physician/Healer. As a faithful adorer of Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration, Mary Jo supports and encourages this devotion. As a means of personal Eucharistic Revival, she will be sharing about her consecration to Jesus through Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament based on Laura Catherine Worhacz’s book, “33 Days with Saint Peter Julian Eymard Apostle of the Eucharist.”

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