Professional Development Day

Professional Development Study Day – Building Skills for Conflict Management: When ‘Minnesota Nice’ Isn’t Nice

Tuesday, August 21
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Guardian Angels, Oakdale

Sponsored by the Coalition of Ministry Associations (CMA​) 

Professional Development Study Day, geared toward parish staff members and others working in church ministry, will include presentations from Carol Fowler, D.Min., former director of personnel services for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Her presentation will include opportunities for small group discussion.

In the afternoon, Carol will be joined for a listening session and panel discussion with Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Moderator of the Curia/Vicar General Very Rev. Charles Lachowitzer, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Parish Services Very Rev. Michael Tix, and Mary Ellen Moe, director of human resources and benefits for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Register early – the cost is $25 per person prior to August 1; $35 per person August 2 or later. Register online. Email with questions.

ACRE will host a Social Hour following Professional Development Day. Watch our communications for more details!

Easter Greetings

ACRE Board Members Needed

Easter Greetings ACRE Members!

We hope this finds you well as you continue to carry on in your important and grace-filled ministries. Our association would not be the same without each and every one of you and we are grateful for your membership. Whether you are a new member or have been a part of ACRE for many years, we hope you have been able to participate in some of our gatherings, resource fairs or retreats, and you have felt supported in your good work.

Each spring we like to check in with you to see if you have recommendations for additions to our ACRE Board. We are beginning the process of nominating Faith Formation leaders from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. We are asking you to prayerfully consider if you might be called to join or if you know someone whose gifts would be a good fit. In addition, if you have new colleagues (paid or volunteer) working to foster faith in our parishes, please invite them to join our membership. You can find our membership brochure on our homepage. As members, retreat fees are reduced and invitations to any fall events, our resource fair, archdiocesan events, and the ACRE appreciation luncheon are sent hot off the press.

Please like us on Facebook, too! We value your insights and, as board members, we are committed to bringing your visions, concerns, and wisdom to our wider community – including our liaisons at the archdiocese. As a board, we also will continue to strive to empower all of us to spread the Good News of the Gospel through our efforts.

If you are interested in becoming a board member or have a name of another leader to share please contact Chair-Elect Kelli Kester with the information.

Thank you! Peace in Jesus+

ACRE Winter Update

Hello, and warm greetings on these cold winter days! The ACRE Board continues to work collaboratively to bring you meaningful content and we hope you find the information contained here to be helpful.



Soul Collage with Barbara Sutton, sponsored St. John’s School of Theology March 1, 2018 Invite a ministry colleague to join you, and be sure to register everyone who plans to attend. Registration deadline is February 23, 2017.

Click here for online registration

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ACRE Appreciation Luncheon

Tbursday, May 3, 2018 11:00am – 1:00pm

St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church, St. Paul


We are One Body in Christ: Growing Unity and Diversity in the Church

Featuring: Chris Lowney and Sr. Theresa Ricard

Thursday, May 24, 2018  9:30am – 3:00pm

Pax Christi Church, Eden Prairie

All parish clergy, staff members, and parish and school leadership are invited!

Come and explore how parishes may foster greater participation of the all the faithful in the life and mission of the Church. How can parish leaders cultivate the diversity of gifts among our members and deepen our unity as the Body of Christ? How can we foster co-responsibility for the Church in the parish and in the world?

Registration will open on February 26!

Watch for more details at


  1. The Archdiocesan Catechetical Report has been published and was sent via email to each parish’s main Religious Education contact last Friday. A copy of the report is also available on our website.  2017-2018 ACR FINAL
  2. In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis renews the idea that we are called to missionary discipleship. Last Spring, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops published a resource entitled Living As Missionary Disciples: National Directory for Catechesis Worksheets. The worksheets offer “Context and Tools to Assess and Enhance Catechetical Formation in an Evangelizing Spirit”. The worksheets are available online for free – get them here:
  3. The Coalition of Ministry Associations (CMA) is a collection of representatives from each of the member ministry associations in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis who work collaboratively to address the needs of their members. In August, CMA is sponsoring an event that will focus on Conflict Resolution in Ministry. As a member organization, ACRE is asked to submit case studies for use at the event. If you have an example you’d like to submit, please strip identifying information to the extent possible and email it to All examples will be compiled and sent onto the Coalition team, who will screen them for privacy and relevance before they are used at the event.

In the field with ACRE

Let’s Shop in Each Other’s Imaginations


Reflection and sharing on what is happening in parish faith formation.

Please join us!

9:30-11:00am at all locations:

Thursday, November 2 – St. Joseph, New Hope

Tuesday, November 7 – St. Pascal Baylon, St. Paul

Tuesday, November 14 – St. John the Baptist, Savage

RSVP appreciated but not necessary. RSVP to

Murray Institute Colloquium

The Murray Institute
You and a guest or colleague are cordially invited to join us on
Monday, October 30, 2017,
for the Murray Institute’s annual colloquium.Educating in the Joy of the Gospel:
Pope Francis’ Call for Renewing the Missionary Impulse in
Our Archdiocesan Catholic Schools and Faith Formation Programs

After introducing the essential missionary aspect of the vocation to serve in Catholic education, this talk will highlight for Catholic leaders the important sources of renewing a culture of credible witness to the joy of Gospel in Archdiocesan schools and parish faith formation programs.

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus
McNeely Hall, room 100 at 7:00 p.m.
Dessert and wine will be served.

To RSVP, contact Katie Beery at or 651-962-4883.