The Gathering for Youth Ministry Leaders

The Gathering for Youth Ministry Leaders

• Spiritual growth and retreat
• Creative ministry resources
• A strong community of like professionals that provides collaboration and new resources
• Dynamic presentations to expand your knowledge of the Church and youth ministry

The Gathering for Youth Ministry Leaders meets the second Thursday of every month, from September to May.

View a PDF of the 2018-19 brochure.

Upcoming Gathering Dates

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Retreats: Teens and the Encounter with Jesus

Fr. Lenny AndrieSpeaker: Bob Swift, Youth Minister
Celebrant: Fr. Lenny Andrie, St. Therese, Deephaven

9:15am Check-In & Registration
9:45am Mass & Training Session
12:30pm End


In his apostolic exhortation Joy of the Gospel Pope Francis presents the invitation to a “renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ” for all believers.

In your role as a parish leader to young people have you considered how effective retreats can create the space for this personal divine encounter to occur?

Perhaps retreats in your ministry feel a little daunting, or you may have had some negative experiences leading retreats. Fear not! With a little guidance and wisdom, retreats can become a normal reality in your youth ministry.

In this session you will discover:

  • The “why” behind retreat ministry
  • Practical wisdom on how to lead your own retreats
  • Do’s and don’ts of retreat ministry and where to start

Bob Swift has nearly 20 years of parish youth ministry experience. He is a graduate of the Augustine Institute and is currently serving as the Faith Formation Director at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN.

Cost: This event is complimentary, but pre-registration is required.

Register by Feb. 6th for a complimentary lunch. Registrations after Feb. 6th are most welcomed, but no lunch can be offered. Online Registration closes Feb. 12th.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Conditions of Discipleship: An Extended & Specialized Gathering Event!

Speaker and Celebrant: Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

9:15am Check-in & Registration
9:45am Mass & Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR
2:30pm End

There has been a great deal of discussion in the last many years about making disciples, and this is a wonderful blessing in the Church. But, before we can make disciples we have to be a disciple.

It’s my belief that so many of the struggles in the Church are the result of Catholics’ failure to BE disciples.

Our day we will focus on:

  • What it means to be a disciple of Jesus
  • What the conditions are for discipleship
  • What the key elements and pitfalls are

Father Dave Pivonka, TOR is a nationally known speaker and author who has held several ministry positions at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is actively involved in the highly successful summer conferences program. He is featured on the “The Wild Goose” video series – a powerful series of short videos on the Holy Spirit (free and online). He is the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic outreach of his Franciscan Community.


  • Advance Registration and lunch deadline (until March 6): $15
  • Regular Registration (until March 12): $20
  • Walk-In Registration (after March 12): $25

Register by March 6 to be included in the lunch numbers. Registrations after March 6 are most welcomed, but no lunch can be offered. Online Registration closes March 12.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

What Does the Body Have to Do With Faith Formation?

Fr. Andrew JaspersSpeaker: Jen Messing, Into the Deep
Celebrant: Fr. Andrew Jaspers
, St. John Vianney Seminary

9:15am Hospitality
9:45am Mass & Program
12:45pm Lunch


The theology of the body has become a fairly popular topic over the years, but the degree of exposure for students and teachers alike is quite varied. Whether it’s seen as a chastity or sexuality program, just a term we’ve heard in passing, or understood to be a baseline for knowing who we are as persons, we can all go a little deeper. Just like math or science, it needs to be revisited over and over to really draw upon its benefits in everyday life.

In this session, you will discover how the theology of the body and our Catholic Christian faith are wholly intertwined. By revisiting our body-soul reality with particular vocabulary, we will get to the heart of everything from the story of salvation history to prayer and sacraments to the hard moral issues our culture is facing.

Jen Messing has been teaching both youth and adults how to apply the theology of the body since 2002. She founded Into the Deep in 2012 to formally speak, teach, and lead camping retreats around the country.

Cost: This event is complimentary, but pre-registration is required!

Register by Apr. 3 for a complimentary lunch. Registrations after Apr. 3rd are most welcomed, but no lunch can be offered. Online Registration closes Apr. 9.

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