National speaker will highlight unity, diversity at Leadership Day

The USCCB’s assistant director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, will speak on the theme “Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers” at Leadership Day April 27 in St. Joseph. The day is designed for both lay and ordained ministry leaders from around the Diocese of St. Cloud. Read more.

 


Family life, discipleship will be workshop topics for author, blogger at Diocesan Ministry Day

Laura Kelly Fanucci will be a first-time presenter at two workshops during the event, which will be held Sept. 25 at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, sharing ideas she has gleaned through her writing and her experiences of family life. Read more.

 


 

Parishes’ Encuentro gathering fosters understanding

St. Joseph in Waite Park and St. Michael in St. Cloud held their first Encuentro session, and began the four-year process, parishes are hosting meetings that offer a scriptural basis for engaging with their neighbors. Read more.

 


Reflections on the themes of Encuentro (part 2)

The fifth Encuentro is a four-year, national process that begins in parishes with five sessions. The themes for these five sessions, rooted in the Emmaus Scripture story, are: 1) Called to a Loving Encounter with Jesus, 2) With Words and Action: Do It! 3) Walking Together with Jesus, 4) Bearing Fruits of New Life and 5) Celebrating the Joy of Being Missionary Disciples. Here is a brief look at the final three themes and questions for your own reflection. Read more.



Keynoter: To ‘encounter’ requires being open to God’s presence in every situation

There’s a quote by Pope Francis from the closing Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family in 2014 that has been an inspiration to Christina Lamas, who will be the keynote speaker for Diocesan V Encuentro on Sunday, Sept. 24, at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Read more.

 


V Encuentro: A process to be missionaries for each other

The main goal of this four-year process is “to discern ways in which the church in the United States can better respond to the Hispanic/Latino presence, and to strengthen the ways in which Hispanics/Latinos respond to the call to the New Evangelization as missionary disciples serving the entire church.” Read more.


Reflecting on the themes of Encuentro (part 1)

The fifth Encuentro is a four-year, national process that begins in parishes with five sessions. The themes for these five sessions, rooted in the Emmaus Scripture story, are: 1) Called to a Loving Encounter with Jesus, 2) With Words and Action: Do It! 3) Walking together with Jesus, 4) Bearing Fruits of New Life, and 5) Celebrating the joy of Being Missionary Disciples. Read more.


Bishop Caggiano: Missionary discipleship means being vehicle of God’s love

Widely known for his work with youth, Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, will give the keynote address at this year’s Diocesan Ministry Day, Sept. 25, at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

This is an opportunity to learn more about topics related to ministry in the church. Bishop Caggiano will share a message around the day’s theme, “Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love.” Read more.


Two major diocesan events will emphasize ‘encounter’

On Sunday, Sept. 24, Diocesan Encuentro (which means “encounter” in Spanish) will take place at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. On the following day, Sept. 25, Diocesan Ministry Day will be held at the convention center. Read more.