Seminary applications are being accepted - 1/5/2015
If you have been discerning the priesthood and would like help with your next step, please contact Father Troy Przybilla, the Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He is currently meeting with men ready to apply to be considered for acceptance as a seminarian. To make an appointment to talk about your options, Father Przybilla can be reached at or 651.962.6892.

N.E.T. Lifeline - ''Is God Calling Me?'' - 2/7/2015
Offered by N.E.T. Ministries and the Vocation Office

N.E.T. Ministries hosts Catholic teens Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, for a high-energy event. With us for this great evening is our very special guest, Archbishop Nienstedt. He will be joined by Fr. Troy Przybilla from the Archdiocesan Vocation Office. We especially welcome a great team of priests, religious Brothers and Sisters from various Religious Orders around the country.

The time is now as the modern world awaits the emergence of a handful of spiritual heroes and heroines who will serve the Church as Priests, Religious Sisters and Religious Brothers. Those specially called as witnesses of hope to a world in desperate need of the Good News. The question is not, Will God raise up great men and women for the Church’s mission? The question is, Who will God raise up?
And the answer is, Those you least expect. Is God calling you?

Mass is at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 and event ends at 9:30. NET Center, 110 Crusader Ave. W., West St. Paul; 651-450-6833. Check out

A free-will offering is suggested.

Religious Open House 1 - 4 p.m. - 2/8/2015
The Religious Open House is planned in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Year of Consecrated Life events.

On behalf of the Religious Communities of our Archdiocese, we invite you to stop in for a visit. Visitors of all ages are welcome! Families are most welcome!

You are invited to attend the Year of Consecrated Life Religious Open House! Sunday, February 8, 2015 1 - 4 p.m.

"The Church must be attractive. Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of acting, of living! It is possible to live differently in this world...It is this witness I expect from you!" Pope Francis

Religious Open Houses hosted within the Archdiocese:
Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia
10711 Penfield Avenue Circle, N
Stillwater, MN 55082
Contact: Sr. Mary Juliana, OP
Ph: 651-707-2152

Franciscan Brothers of Peace
Queen of Peace Friary
1289 LaFond Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104-2035
Contact: Br. Conrad Richardson, fbp
Ph: 651-646-8586 Ext. 305

Franciscan Clarist Congregation
115 West Main Street
Vermillion, MN 55085
Contact: Sr. Tresa Margret
Ph: 651-438-8689

Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN
3228 Portland Avenue, South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: Sr. Gertrude Brixius
Ph: 612-822-2623

Missionaries of Charity
1500 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN
Contact: Sr. Davis
Ph: 612-721-8614

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Retreat House)
621 First Avenue South
Buffalo, MN 55313
Contact: Fr. Harold Fisher
Ph: 763-682-1394

Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver
265 Century Avenue South
Woodbury, MN 55125
Contact: Sr. Genevieve
Ph: 651-738-9704

Order of St.

Cor Jesu for Young Adults - 2/6/2015
Offered by the The Saint Paul Seminary

Eucharistic Adoration, Confessions, contemporary worship music, and fellowship with other young adults, college-age and older, at Saint Mary's Chapel in the Saint Paul Seminary at 8:00 p.m.

Cor Jesu is held on the first Friday of every month during the academic year, except January.
The 2014-2015 schedule is as follows:
Sept. 5
Nov. 7
Dec. 5
January Hiatus
Feb. 6
Mar. 6
May 1
Summer Hiatus

Join us for this series.

WHO: Join men and women of all ages and faith backgrounds for the “Following the Spirit” series, designed to provide prayerful tools to help discern – or recognize – your calling by God and take your next best step in life.

WHAT: Following the Spirit is a five-part series led by Visitation Sister Katherine Mullin of north Minneapolis; Visitation Companion Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde; Fr. Ernie Martello of the Crosier Brothers and Fathers of Onamia, MN; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Pastor, Rev. Karen Wight Hoogheem of Faith Lutheran in Coon Rapids; and Sister Jill Underdahl and Jennifer Tacheny, from the Sisters of St. Joseph/ Celeste’s Dream community in St. Paul.

Anchored in the rich tradition of discernment resources, each session will offer a different form of prayer, feature a vocation story, and include time in small groups to unpack participants’ discernment journeys, focusing on vocation. Attendance at all five discernment evenings is strongly encouraged.

The Visitation Community is happy to partner with the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research using their adapted curriculum material for the series.

WHEN: Following the Spirit participants meet five times each semester from 7-9pm – with opportunities to connect and pray between sessions. Dates for the 2015 Spring Semester are:
Tuesday, February 17; 7-9pm
Tuesday, March 3; 7-9pm
Monday, March 16; 7-9pm
Tuesday, March 31; 7-9pm
Tuesday, April 14; 7-9pm

WHERE: The discernment series is held at the St. Jane House, a center for Salesian Spirituality and Hospitality sponsored by the Visitation Sisters of Minneapolis. Address: 1403 Emerson Avenue N., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411.

COST: Suggested donation: $50, payable at registration time. We are happy to accept a sliding scale fee.

REGISTER: Online registration by Friday, Januar

Come and See Weekend with the Sisters of Mary Morning Star - 2/20/2015
February 20 - 22

Contact: Sr. Aude, Vocation Director
318 W McQuestion Street
Ghent, MN 56239
(507) 428-3919

Visiting Women's Religious Communites - 2/21/2015
Visiting Women's Religious Communities

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Visit five different religious communities to meet, learn, share meals, and pray with Catholic Sisters. We will be with local communities of Benedictines, Franciscan Poor Clares, School Sisters of Notre Dame, Visitation Monastery, and Sisters of St. Joseph. Carpooling will be arranged.

This event is free; the day is a gift to participants.

For more information or to register, e-mail Jill Underdahl, CSJ or call 651-696-2873 by February 16.

Also, consider attending The CSJ Way, a half-day retreat, to learn more about how you can connect with the Sisters of St. Joseph as a program participant, volunteer, advocate for justice, Consociate, or Sister. We offer The CSJ Way once in the spring and once in the fall. For more information, contact Joan Pauly Schneider by e-mail or call 651-690-7063.

A Discernment Retreat with the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus - 3/20/2015
Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus Come and See Discernment Retreat

Friday, March 20 - Sunday, March 22, 2015

For single Catholic women ages 20 - 30.

To register, contact Sr. Maris Stella at

Come and See Weekend with the Sisters of Mary Morning Star - 4/17/2015
April 17 - 19
Contact: Sr. Aude, Vocation Director
318 W McQuestion Street
Ghent, MN 56239
(507) 428-3919

(Personal retreats can also be arranged at other times)

Theology on Tap - 1/28/2015
Wednesdays at O'Garas Bar and Grill (164 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul)

6:30 p.m. Social
7:30 Speaker

January 7 Called by God, Q & A with Dominican Sisters
January 14 John Henry Newman, by Dave Deavel
January 21 Life Issues, by Teresa S. Collett
January 28 Grill the Priest, by Fr. Michael Becker
February 4 Immigration, by Jean Stolpestad
February 11 Love and Differences, by Prof. Mariana Hernandez Crespo

Follow Your Heart - 1/31/2015
Discernment is not just making a decision, it is a way of life.
Many things call for our attention and we can not attempt to respond to everything.
We may ask, "To what is God calling me?"
This day will examine the spiritual practices that guide us in living a discerning life.
Sister Joanne Dehmer, SSND, will lead the day. She has a background in spiritual direction,
teaching and pastoral care. She joins us from Loyola Spirituality Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Office of Vocations - Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis - 2260 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105 - (651)962-6890
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