Monday, January 17, 2011

Welcome back and The Vineyard News!

Welcome back to everyone! Remember the five elements of the Spirituality for the Vineyard co-curricular program that sets you up for lay ecclesial ministry and the national standards? Seeing, Learning, Discerning, Exploring, and Clarifying? You don't? Don't worry. We have helpful events set up:

1) Vineyard Colloquium #2: "The Lay Vocation to Ecclesial Ministry"
January 25, 2011, 4pm
President's Room/Toner Center
Todd Graff

Todd Graff currently serves as the Director of the Office of Ministry Formation for the diocese of Winona. Todd received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and his Master of Arts degree in Theology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Previous to coming to the diocese, he served as a campus minister at Creighton University and as a high school religion teacher and campus minister at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, IL. He came to the Diocese of Winona in August, 1990, to serve as the Coordinator of Social Action Programs for Catholic Charities. In December, 1999, he assumed his present position. Todd is married to Laurie Ziliak and the father of six children - Isaac, Jesse, Nathan, Samuel, Sophia, and Hannah.

2) Vineyard Colloquium #3: "On The Spirituality of Youth Ministry"
March 18, 4pm
Place TBA
Rich Curran

Rich Curran is a SMU alum (and current student in the Institute for Pastoral Ministries program) who, after being seriously injured sledding down our bluff (really), changed directions with his life and ended up serving for years as the director of youth ministry for the diocese of Green Bay. He has since been doing consulting with parishes, religious and secular organizations, and speaking on a variety of faith-based topics. A video of Rich's work these days is on his site, under "media." He is going to speak to our majors March 18th on the spirituality that is born out of engaging in youth ministry.

Soul trips! Check it out at OCM!
Volunteering--a new semester, so perhaps you want to try something new?
Think ahead to summer--where do you want to be, what do you want to experience, where do you need to grow? We'll let you know about opportunities as we find them....

Got internship? Want to tell us about it (through a one paragraph write-up for our blog?)?

If anyone is interested in engaging in spiritual direction this semester, please see Dr. Windley-Daoust or Lynn Streefland in OCM for the list of local directors who said they would be willing to be contacted for spiritual direction.

After looking at the short survey we sent out in December--we're working on it! More to come very soon!

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Peace and all good things this new year!
Dr. Windley-Daoust