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THURSDAY Workshops

September 28, 2017 | 2:00pm – 3:15pm

For Freedom Christ Has Set You Free

Confronting spiritual realities in the context of seminary formation and how to work through Spiritual Warfare in the life of a priest.

Jane Guenther

Jane Guenther is Director of the Catholic Renewal Center for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She has a degree in Architecture Education and acquired her Master in Divinity in 2005. She is a spiritual director, teacher, and served on the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, as a member for 4 years and Chairman for 2 years. Jane enjoys a variety of opportunities to connect with seminarians, religious, and parishes promoting the power of the Holy Spirit. She has coordinated the implementation of the Discover Your Spiritual Gifts Program and has spoken at numerous retreats, conferences, and healing seminars. Jane also served as Chairman of the Editorial Board of “Pentecost Today” for the NSC for 4 years. While teaching continuing education at Paul VI Institute, Jane realized the need for those who teach in Catholic schools to have a comprehensive understanding of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. When serving as a prayer minister at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, she encourages those entering the priesthood to be open-minded about the value of the charisms for laity. Given the increased number of laity who desire to be more deeply involved in the renewal of the Church, Jane is dedicated to promoting unity among clergy and laity. Her involvement in the Archdiocesan Lay Formation program indicates her dedication to this.

Making a Good Leave

A practical guide to helping a man journey out of seminary formation. What should you do when the guy comes to you and when do you know when you should go to him?

Rev. Msgr. David Toups

Monsignor David Toups was ordained a priest in 1997 for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and since 2012 he has served as the Rector/President of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. He has previously served in parish ministry, as a seminary professor and dean, and in the office of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations. He is responsible for numerous articles and his doctoral dissertation has been published under the title Reclaiming Our Priestly Character (IPF Publications).

Preaching on Vocations

Practical approaches to preaching about vocations when speaking with middle school, high school and college age students.

“Lord, look upon our troubled times, which need preachers of the Gospel, witnesses to you, persons who can point the way toward ‘life in abundance!’ Look upon our world and feel pity once more!  Look upon our world and send us laborers!”   – Pope Benedict XVI

Rev. Benedict Croell, O.P.

Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P., a Dominican friar, hails from Colorado. He studied at Colorado State University, Providence College (RI), the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. He has served in parish, university and itinerant preaching ministries. He also served 5 years in the Order’s East African missions where he was novice master for friars in their initial stage of formation from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Southern Sudan, Angola, Mozambique and South Africa. He has been Director of Vocations for the Eastern Province Dominicans since 2010 and lives with over 80 friars in the largest Dominican house in North America: the Dominican House of Studies in our nation’s capital. He was named a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s along with 21 other US Dominican Friars during the Ash Wednesday Mass 2016.