Monday, February 21, 2011

Apply now for Catholics on Call summer conference

August 9-13: A five day conference in Chicago with major theologians and Church leaders to help young adults across the nation, ages 18-30, discern their call.  Only $100 (I believe that includes room and board!).  Apply and get more information here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Retreat options this semester (or summer)

Hello everyone!
We've taken into account the students retreat survey from December 2010, and have decided to postpone a discernment retreat until Fall 2011. In short, the upperclassmen were not as interested in an SMU retreat as the 1st year folks, and because Th 209 had to be canceled for this semester, we will be offering it in the Fall...along with a retreat option for students who are interested in growing their discernment of vocation and "trying out" lay ecclesial ministry.

In the meantime, if you want to do a retreat this semester off campus, here are some options:

Of course, there are other options out there as well!

These retreat centers are rather different from each other, and you may want to do some research before making a reservation and hitting the road.

Also, if students are interested in spiritual direction, Dr. WD and Lynn Streefland in OCM each have a list of directors in the Winona area to contact.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Calling all seniors

If you think there won't be anything here for Theology/PYM/Re.Ed majors, look at the hiring list--and they have internships and volunteer-stipended positions at a number of Church-related nonprofits.

Attention SMU Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores:

Register NOW to attend the Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair. This fair is specifically designed for you, students of Minnesota's Private Colleges.
When: Tuesday, February 22, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday, February 23, 8:30 - 4:00 (interviews only)

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis MN

How much: There is a non-refundable registration fee of $14.00. Pre- registration is required.
Registration deadline is February 18.
To register:
1) stop by Career Services and Internship, 136 Saint Mary's Hall
2) or call ext. 6996
3) or email vmcdonal at smumn dot edu

Meet with over 150 company representatives!!!
During this time, employers will be collecting resumes and some will be scheduling interviews for that same day and the next day. The list of employers currently registered for the fair is at It is also recommended that you send cover letters and resumes to employers ahead of time to pre-arrange an interview at the fair. In addition, you can post your resume for employers to view at

Prepare for the fair.
A "How to Prepare for a Job Fair" workshop will be held Tuesday February 15th, at 3:30 in Saint Mary's Hall Room 132. Plan to attend to help you prepare for the fair!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fr. Lasuba on the Conflict/Vote in the Sudan

The Peace and Justice Club will present Father John Lasuba, who will give a presentation about the unrest in the Sudan at 7 p.m. on February 17th in the Presidents Lounge. Father Lasuba lost his father and his five brothers to war in Sudan. He was separated from his two sisters when he moved to the United States in 2004. Now he ministers to 22 new Sudanese families at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Rochester.

I think this is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about unrest in another part of the world. Since Fr. Lasuba will be speaking from personal experience, students will have a better understanding of the seriousness of the situation. He will also be addressing the recent secession that was voted on January 9, 2010. We would greatly appreciate it if you could spread this information on to your students. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email me at bmcoff07. Thank you so much.


Bridget Coffou

Class of 2011
Peace and Justice Facilitator

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Aquinas lecture cancelled, will be rescheduled

Due to arctic conditions in Texas. The irony of it all!

We'll announce the rescheduled date as soon as we have it.

26 Years of World Youth Day in Two Minutes

Faith Formation Director position available

Faith Formation Director: The Tri-Parish Faith Communities of St. Joseph, St. Leo, and St. Martin are seeking a Full-Time Faith Formation Director to focus on the faith formation of the youth and the adults in these 3 parishes. Qualifications: Practicing Catholic, Bachelors degree. Preferred: Degree in Religious Education. Send your resume, references and wage requirements to Fr. Gerald Kosse, St. Leo Catholic Church, PO Box 36, Pipestone, MN 56164 or pastor at triparishmn dot org by March 15th.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Doing research? You want to know about this.

Ever heard of Zotero?  It's a downloadable add-on to use with the Firefox browser that helps you organize and collect the documents you are using in your research.  I cannot communicate how great this little program is.  It is powerful point and click technology, and more importantly, can really help with research work throughout your college career.

Dr WD is in the thick of Zotero right now for a research project, so you can ask her how to use it. The librarians (especially Carol Daul-Elhindi) can help you out as well.

Friday, February 4, 2011

"Aquinas, MacIntyre, and the Reform of Catholic Liberal Education" lecture on Feb 10

Guest speaker Thomas S. Hibbs will present “Aquinas, MacIntyre, and the Reform of Catholic Liberal Education,” Thursday, Feb. 10, as part of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series.

Hibbs is a distinguished professor of Ethics & Culture and dean of the Honors College at Baylor University. The presentation — scheduled for 7 p.m. in the President’s Room — is generously sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Dean of Humanities and Sciences, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, in cooperation with the minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Tadie at jtadie or at Ext. 6652.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

New position listing

Church of St. Andrew, Elk River
Director of Music and Liturgy: Immediate opening for a full-time energetic and creative Director of Music and Liturgy to further develop present music ministry and liturgy in 2,000+ family parish. Responsibilities include liturgy planning, choir direction, and liturgical minister support. Desired background includes BA (required; MA preferred) in related field; parish experience preferred; current theology and liturgical background in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council; and proficiency in organ, piano and voice. A broad
knowledge of contemporary and traditional music is necessary. Send resumes to Fr. Joseph E. Korf, Church of St. Andrew, 566 4th St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330; e-mail to ; or fax to (763) 441-1485.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lost? continued....

Remember this post? There is a twenty-something response:

Agree or disagree, this is fascinating stuff. Carry the conversation into the classroom.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Retreat Center position available

We're passing this opportunity along. Please feel free to apply if you are graduating or have graduated, and contact them for more information.


WHERE: LaSalle Manor Retreat Center
Plano, IL (55 miles southwest of Chicago)

WHEN: Starting July 2011
TITLE: Retreat Staff Member

DESCRIPTION: Working with a team of 4 ministering to high school
students, mainly during two day retreats.

BENEFITS: Room and board; full medical/dental; vehicle usage and

SALARY : Negotiable

QUALIFICATIONS: Youth ministry experience preferred.
College degree preferred.
Theology courses a definite plus.

CONTACT: Bob Dressel
(630) 552-3224 x101 or

John Donahue Grossman
(630) 308-8281

(631) 552-9160 Fax or

Email: bobdressel at lasallemanor dot org

RETREAT STAFF MEMBERS: Well established program looking for faith-filled team members beginning July 2011. Work with a 4 person team ministering to high school students during 2 day retreats at LaSalle Manor Retreat Center located in a beautiful log cabin setting in Plano, IL (55 miles southwest of Chicago). Benefits include room/board, complete medical/dental, vehicle usage, salary and more. Youth ministry experience preferred.

Contact Bob Dressel at (630) 552-3224 x101 or John Donahue-Grossman (630) 308-8281;
Fax at (630)552-9160; or Email bobdressel at lasallemanor dot org. Website