Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"I'm in a mind-mapping state of mind"

(My apologies to Billy Joel)

In these last few days before break, you may want to set up a meeting with your advisor to discuss the National Standards for Lay and Ecclesial Ministry--either for the end of this week or just after break.  Creating a mind-map, or working with the Google docs form (in beta!), is an optional but important part of your own self-assessment as a student discerning lay ministry in the Church.  A completed mind map can be a useful introduction of yourself within a portfolio as well, electronic or not.

This option has been introduced in Th 209 and Th 460, but if you are interested, please feel free to fool around with the options and make an appointment with your Theology department advisor.

Youth Ministry position: Cold Spring, MN

Greetings from Cold Spring!
We are writing to inform you that we have a Youth Ministry position that will open in our parish on March 1.  Please share the following information with anyone in your school or Youth Ministry program that would be interested in applying for the position.  You can learn more about our parish at www.stboniface.com.  

Our mission statement is: 
We, the Church of Saint Boniface, as a Roman Catholic parish in the Diocese of Saint Cloud that has been served by Benedictine monks and Sisters since its founding in 1878, participate in the mission of the Church given by the Lord Jesus to proclaim His Gospel and make disciples of all nations, to welcome these new disciples in a praying and hospitable community, and to provide on-going formation in discipleship of Jesus Christ.

We are grateful for any assistance you can give us in letting qualified candidates know about this position.  Please give any one who is interested in the position the following instructions:
Please open the attached “Saint Boniface Employment Application.pdf” file and job description, and print the file.  
Send in the completed application along with a copy of your resume and letter of intent to the address provided at the top of the form.  
The position will remain open until filled.

Father Matthew, OSB

Fr. Matthew Luft, OSB
Church of Saint Boniface
501 Main Street
Cold Spring, MN 56320-2325
         In omnibus glorificetur Deus.  (1 Peter 4.11)

And the winner of the SMU Elevator Pitch competition is...

PYM major Kelsi Watters!

Congrats to Kelsi for crafting and delivering the best one minute pitch to convince an "elevator rider" to support her cause.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Congrats to PYM Major Ashley Walz

Ashley and her student colleagues in Psychology were accepted by the American Psychological Association (APA) to present their research at their National Conference in Washington, D.C.  The title of the project is "The Body is a Temple: Does One's Relationship With God Affect One's Body Image?"

The conference will take place this summer, August 7th-10th, 2014.

Ashley is presenting in the Health Psychology Division, rather than the Student Research Division, which is an additional honor!

Congrats, Ashley!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Faith and Sustainability Discussion, Feb 26th

Sustainability Forum:

Blending Faith & The Environment

Come Join a Discussion About How Our Lasallian Catholic Heritage Can Foster Environmental Stewardship

Wednesday, February 26th    
Watters Hall-Damien Commons @ 7:00 p.m.

Youth Ministry Internship and Year Long Volunteering Opportunity

Please pass along the following job opportunities to your students who want to spread the Gospel and inspire thousands in faith.
Youth Ministry Internships
Gain vital youth ministry skills by learning to: implement a comprehensive youth ministry program; engage youth and adults to call them into the ministry; plan, organize, and execute programming; present spiritual programs and retreats in dynamic ways; successfully collaborate with a parish staff; facilitate meetings and small groups effectively; disciple youth and young adults into the mission of Jesus.  You will receive the youth ministry skills and experience to get a job.
Catholic Youth Evangelizers
SPIRITUS is a dynamic group of young adults called to evangelize thousands of Catholic youth each years through retreats and parish youth ministry.  We are seeking passionate Catholics, 20-29 Years of age, who have a love for their faith and want to ignite the faith of others!  SPIRITUS team members live in community and travel to schools and parishes throughout Wisconsin, inspiring students in grades 3-12 through retreats, spiritual programs, bible studies, and parish-based youth and young adult ministry.
Both positions receive: God’s grace to evangelize His youth; a community of friends to live and work with; training in evangelization and youth ministry; housing, food, health insurance, $150 monthly allowance, spiritual direction, weekly formation classes, time off for holidays, $2000 stipend upon completion of program, and an awesome year of serving that will change your life forever.
God bless you in your ministry!
Andrea Gratton
Retreat Coordinator and SPIRITUS Recruiter

(920) 722-8918 ext. 6

Monday, February 10, 2014

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Position: Pax Christi Church, Rochester MN

Another job opening sent to us!

Pax Christi Catholic Church, in Rochester, MN, is seeking a Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry with the intent to form disciples of Jesus Christ, and His Church, through a unified vision for ministry to young people, from early adolescence through young adulthood. Responsibilities include assisting in the coordination of 6th-12th grade faith formation, leadership development, and young adult ministry, as well as preparing students for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Candidates should posses a passion for leading others towards Christ, strong organizational and communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. Ideally candidates would have a minimum of 1-2 years of volunteer experience in youth and/or campus/young adult ministry and, preferably, a bachelor’s degree in religious/pastoral studies, education, or a related field. This full-time position will include evening and weekend hours. All inquiries can be directed to Mark Oldenburg at 507-282-8542 ext. 104. Send resume and cover letter to parishadministrator@paxchristichurch.org by March 17th, 2014.

Youth Ministry position: Stevens Point, WI

They reached out to us....

More information and application here.

Reminder: Essay Contest, win $500 and scholarship money

Journal of Theology
Saint John’s School of Theology∙Seminary 

Call for Submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 edition of Obsculta, the theological journal published by Saint John’s School of Theology∙Seminary. 
·         Essays may be on any topic of theology as long there is a connection or comparison to Christianity.
·         Papers should follow the Turabian style with end notes.
·         Papers are to be submitted in electronic format, either as a Word document or a PDF file, to obscultaprize@csbsju.edu
·         Please also include for each submission:
o   The title and author name.
o   A single declarative sentence summarizing the highlights of your paper.
o   An abstract of 300 words or less.
o   Three key words that categorize relevant topics in your paper (i.e. for key word search).
o   A list of scriptural references used in the work, organized sequentially as found in the Catholic Bible.
·         Must be submitted by the deadline of March 1, 2014.
We look forward to hearing from you!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

 The 2014 Editors at Obsculta
Saint John's School of Theology
Collegeville, Minnesota

Samples of past journals can be found in our institutional repository:

St. John's School of Theology website:  www.csbsju.edu/sot

Submit entries to:  obscultaprize@csbsju.edu