Fall Formation Day 2018 – Register Early and Save!

Thursday, November 29
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Check-in 8:30 a.m.)
Guardian Angels, Oakdale

A Durable Hope: Sustaining Faith in a Time of Darkness
All parish clergy, staff, lay leaders and school leaders are invited to attend. This Formation Day will be a time of reflection for parish leaders to consider times of turmoil and division in the Church, and where we find faith and hope. What is the role of parish leaders in guiding parishioners to find a durable hope during times of division and darkness? Featuring: Bishop Robert Lynch and Dr. Catherine Cory. Cost: $25 (early-bird) until November 9. $35 after November 9. Registration closes November 26.

Register and find more details on the event page.

Questions? Contact Deacon Mickey Friesen at friesenm@archspm.org or 651-291-4445.

OPCY Curriculum Fair Announcement

You Are Invited – OPCY Curriculum Fair

The Office for the Protection of Children and Youth invites you to our elementary curriculum fair to learn more about new K-5 personal safety curricula choices for the 2017-18 program year.  Do not miss this opportunity to hear directly from the Executive Directors of VIRTUS and the Monique Burr Foundation on the unique elements of their curriculum, and learn about the newest edition of NCMEC’s KidSmartz.  After presentations, there will be time for questions, curricula samples to review, and even door prizes!

Following the fair, parishes and schools will be able to order their chosen curriculum electronically.  Also note, the new curriculum replaces all existing elementary curricula currently in use.  Curriculum orders are due to OPCY by June 26, 2017.  More details to follow.  (A link to order will be sent via email after the fair.)

Please register either an administrator or representative for one of the sessions at the link below; space is limited to approximately 150 per session.  In addition, please answer a few general questions concerning access and delivery of curriculum as it pertains to your parish or school.

Direct questions to opcy@archspm.org.

Option 1
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Mary Mother of the Church


Option 2
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – noon – Totino-Grace High School

Summer Professional Development Opportunities and more from the Archdiocesan Office for the Mission of Catholic Education

Summer Intensive Workshop: Discipleship & The Christian Life

Augustine Institute, Denver Colorado

June 26-30 $400 (contact AI for housing costs)


Continue reading

Murray Institute announces a new program at the undergraduate level!

Murray Institute is an endowed institute of the University of St. Thomas. Our governing board, the Murray Institute Faculty Committee, consists of faculty committed to Catholic education in its many forms and representation from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The Murray Institute is pleased to announce the start of
an undergraduate Certificate in Lay Ministry
beginning in Fall 2017

This is a tuition-free undergraduate certificate program for parish ministers and religious educators of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who are not eligible to enroll in a graduate theology or pastoral ministry program, because they do not have an undergraduate degree. Second-career people who are transitioning into parish ministries but who have no theological education are also welcome to apply. Open to full-time or part-time Archdiocesan employees or people who do substantial volunteering in their parish. Program details can be found under the Current & Upcoming Cohorts tab on the Murray Institute website. You may also click here to find answers to frequently asked questions about the Murray Institute.

Note: Applicants to undergraduate programs at the University of St. Thomas
must have a high school degree or its equivalent. 

Information sessions will be held at
the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul campus,

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 9:30 am – 11:00 am, McNeely Hall, room 108, OR
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, McNeely Hall, room 233.

Attendance at one of these information sessions is required in order to obtain application materials.

To RSVP for an information session, contact:

Katie Beery

ACRE Retreat Day – March 2, 2017

Please join us as we gather for our annual retreat day! We’re excited to announce that our retreat leader will be Dan Mulhall, sponsored by RCL-Benziger. Our retreat will be on the topic: More Than Words: Catechesis and Evangelization — Reflections of a Guilty Bystander.

See our retreat brochure for detailed information about the day, and send your registration in today!

ACRE Retreat Brochure March 2017

Current ACRE members will also receive a hard-copy of the brochure via US Mail early next week.

September 2016 event update

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Office for the Mission of Catholic Education along with Our Sunday Visitor invite you to a presentation by Dr. Joseph White: “The Way God Teaches – Catechesis and the Divine Pedagogy”

A message from Holly Raab: Because of low registration numbers, we are unable to proceed with the Saturday Sept. 17 event. Please note that the same event is scheduled for school principals on Friday, September 16 and you are invited to attend that day in instead. Details are below. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and hope that you are able to attend.

Please join us on Friday, September 16th at the Hayden Building on 328 Kellogg Blvd.

  • 8:15am – Gathering and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Welcome from Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Opening Prayer and Session 1
  • 10:30am – Session 2
  • 11:45am – Lunch
  • 12:30pm – Session 3
  • 2:00pm – Adjourn

To register, send an email with Name, Parish & Email Address to: Holly Raab at raabh@archspm.org

JoAnn Paradise: Disciple or Theologian? Forming the Hearts and Informing the Minds of Our Children

Thursday, September 22, 2016 – St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Brooklyn Center

View the registration brochure: Jo Ann Paradise

Invitations for Fall Professional Development Opportunities

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Office for the Mission of Catholic Education invites you to attend the following event:

The Way God Teaches: Catechesis and the Divine Pedagogy with Dr. Joseph White
Faith Formation Leadership Meeting
September 17, 2016, 9am – 12pm
Location: Church of St. Joseph, West St. Paul, MN

See the flier for more information: Joseph White flyer parishes

St. Catherine University invites you to Explore Continuing Learning.

Take a Graduate Theology Course for Continuing Learning for $100 a credit!

See the flier for more information: St. Kate Continuing Learning Fall 2016