Save the Date: Archbishop’s Men’s Discernment Retreat

Save the Date: Archbishop’s Men’s Discernment Retreat

Saturday, December 28 – Monday, December 30, 2019
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo
Registration Fee: $75 to offset the cost of room and board. No one will be turned away because of financial reasons.
For Seniors in High School up to age 50

Men interested in priesthood are invited to this retreat, which takes place from Saturday afternoon to Monday afternoon at the beautiful Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo. Communal and private prayer, Adoration, Mass and presentations by Archbishop Hebda are designed to help participants discern their future vocation. See for more information and to register!

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Operation Andrew Dinner

Monday, October 21
6 – 8 p.m.
Archdiocesan Catholic Center, St. Paul

Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invite men discerning the priesthood, ages 16 – 50, to dinner and conversation with vocations testimonials on priesthood and religious life. It is typical for a pastor, religious or youth minister to accompany each discerning guest. 

Register online before October 17. Email or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890. Please share the flyer. For discerners under age 18, please provide the parental consent and indemnity form.

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Archdiocesan Synod – Upcoming Prayer and Listening Events

What’s working and what’s not in the Archdiocese? Archbishop Bernard Hebda wants to hear from you! Please prayerfully consider attending an upcoming Prayer and Listening Event, as part of the Pre-Synod Process and make your voice heard. Your input will help guide the Archdiocese over the next 5-10 years.

First three events:

  • Tuesday, September 24, 6 – 9 p.m. at St. Victoria (St. Victoria)

  • Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m. – noon at St. Michael (St. Michael)

  • Friday, October 11, 6 – 9 p.m. at Guardian Angels (Oakdale)

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Learn more about the Synod and see a full listing of Prayer and Listening Events at

Behold, 8-Week Series for Women Ages 21–29


Thursdays, October 3 – November 21
Time: 7 p.m. (Come at 6:45 p.m. for fellowship & hospitality!)
End Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Our Lady of Grace, Edina
More Information: Register Online

Young women ages 21–29 are invited to come hear the mission of Behold! The mission of Behold is that each woman will recognize the gift she is, realize the gifts she’s been given, and give to the world the gifts that only she can give. The Behold series was created to help encourage women to fulfill the special roles they have, and to do so with boldness, heroic virtue, and authentic femininity. The Behold 8-Week Series will include time for fellowship with other young adult Catholic women, Eucharistic Adoration, awesome presentations from our Behold team, and time for Q&A and small group discussion.

Cost: $50 per person.

Register online

Weekly Speakers and Topics

October 3: Dr. Deborah Savage on “What is Complementarity and the Feminine Genius?” (Part 1)
October 10: Deborah Savage on “What is Complementarity and the Feminine Genius?” (Part 2)
October 17: Video with Gloria Purvis on “Reclaiming the Gifts of God: The Public Square”
October 24: Father Jonathan Kelly on “Lectio Divina”
October 31: Nell O’Leary & Bridget Busacker on “The Art of Catholic Entrepreneurship and Blogging”
November 7: Dia Boyle on “The Home, Hospitality and Evangelization” (Part 1)
November 14: Dia Boyle on “The Home, Hospitality and Evangelization” (Part 2)
November 21: Mother Mary Clare Roufs on “The Laity: Set Apart To Engage the World”

Please share the flyer.

Learn more about Behold.

Archbishop Flynn Catechetical Institute

Experience the School of Discipleship!

October 1 – November 12 (Seven Tuesday evenings)
7 – 8:30 p.m.
St. Andrew, Elk River

Cost: $125 before August 31 / $150 after August 31

Join the 700 people who have become Activated Disciples this past year at the CI: School of Discipleship. Registration is NOW open for an 8-part experience unlike any other! Taught by Jeff Cavins, with guest teacher Fr. Mike Schmitz, this CI: School of Discipleship is open to all adults and will not only teach the basics of discipleship but will give you essential keys to living your life as a modern disciple and provide an ongoing initiative to help you to put what you learn into practice! For more information, promotional materials, and registration, visit


Miriam Dinner

Monday, October 1,  2019
6 – 8:30  p.m. 
Holy Cross Catholic Church

1621 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis
The Miriam Dinner, hosted by Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Bishop Andrew Cozzens and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, is an event for women, ages 16 – 35, who are discerning consecrated life. It is typical for women discerners to be accompanied by their pastor, consecrated religious, or youth minister. The evening begins with prayer, followed by dinner with consecrated women sharing their vocations testimonies. Priests, deacons, youth ministers and consecrated women in the Archdiocese are encouraged to invite women, ages 16 – 35, who present a sincere interest in consecrated life. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with Evening Prayer at Holy Cross Catholic Church, followed by dinner in Kolbe Hall, and conclude with a tour of Bethany House (Women’s Discernment House) with dessert and coffee.


Religious & Discerning Guests should register at  before September 26.  Questions?  Email stpaulvocations@10000vocations.orgor call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890.  For discerners under age 18, please provide the  parental consent & indemnity form. 

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Discernment Opportunities for Young Women

Fiat Ministries Discernment Retreat.

September 20 – 22, 2019 at Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo
Single women age 18-28 who are seeking to do God's will are invited to attend the Fiat Ministries Discernment Retreat. Religious sisters from various religious orders assist at the retreat by giving talks, leading small groups, giving their testimonies, and providing a joyful witness of what it means to be a consecrated Religious Sister. The Fiat Discernment Retreat seeks to foster prayer, self-knowledge, and authentic discernment in young women to re-center their focus back on God and the universal call to holiness. The cost of the retreat is $25 which includes meals, lodging and materials. Registration and more information can be found at Please share the flyer and brochure.

Bethany House Opening for September 2019 – May 2020 Season of Discernment! 

Applications are currently being accepted for women interested in Bethany House. Bethany House is a home for women who live in community, pray together, take meals together and discern whether they are called to consecrated life. It is sponsored by the Office of Vocations and is located in Northeast Minneapolis. Qualities of a good candidate for Bethany House include single women, ages 20 – 27, who are interested in dedicating a year to intentionally discerning a vocation to religious life. For those interested, please complete the interest form at Please share the flyerand brochure.

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