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October 5, 2016 | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Practical Tools for Inspirational Preaching and Teaching on Vocations 

Monsignor Hirsch shares years of experience inspiring vocations through his preaching and teaching. He shares his very practical approach of using images, analogies and themes which invite, challenge and inspire young people to consider God’s call to holiness and to discern their particular vocation, with a special focus on the priesthood. Whether you are just beginning as Vocation Director or you have years of experience and are looking to expand your approach, you will walk away with a giant toolbox of ready-to-use ideas from Msgr. Hirsch’s years of success teaching high school, giving parish talks, youth retreats, vocation ministry and his shared experiences with many other veteran vocation directors. Msgr. Hirsch is presently the Director of Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II in Lima, Peru, which is a mission of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Rev. Msgr. Joseph Hirsch

Msgr. Joseph Hirsch is a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Ordained in 1986 he has served in grade school and high school teaching, Pastor of rural parishes, ministry to Hmong and Hispanic communities, Vicar for Clergy. He worked as  Vocation Director for ten years. Last year he was Administrator of the diocesan mission parish in Santa Cruz, Bolivia for five months and is presently Director of the diocesan orphanage Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II near Lima, Peru., which is a mission of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is also presently the Promoter in the process of canonization of the founder of the diocesan missions in Bolivia and Peru.

Configured to Christ the Man & Shepherd:
Measuring Human & Pastoral Formation

PPF 280 says: “The annual evaluation should include a well-founded judgment concerning the suitability of the seminarian for advancement to the next year of formation.” The PPF provides a list of qualities & aptitudes that are considered “benchmarks” for such a well-founded judgment. But how do we measure a man’s growth toward – and attainment of – those benchmarks?  Looking at human and pastoral formation, Dr. Hogan will show how we can develop objective yet flexible tools to improve how we measure a seminarian’s growth in priestly qualities & aptitudes along the gradual path of formation.

Dr. Edward Hogan

Ed Hogan is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He serves the Archdiocese of St. Louis as Director of the Pontifical Paul VI Institute of Catechetical and Pastoral Studies. Ed is a member of the Mission Advisory Council of the Institute for Priestly Formation, where he serves on the Program Review Committee.

Ed has a PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston College, specializing in the relationship between Theology and Science. Ed served under (then) Bishop Carlson as Director of Deacon Formation, Director of the Center for Ministry, and Director of the Department of Formation for the Diocese of Saginaw, MI. He has taught theology on the high school, college, and graduate school levels, as well as in parishes and adult faith formation programs.

Mantle of Mercy: Inviting Mary into Your Vocation Ministry


The Church looks to Mary as the first follower of her Son and a model for every disciple. She acted in the lives of the Apostles and disciples. She desires, receives and responds to the will of the Father. Jesus says to us, “Behold your mother!” She clearly has an active role in the Kingdom of Heaven, but what is Mary’s role in our vocation ministry? Who is she for us individually and specifically as Director of Vocations? Who is she for a seminarian preparing to be “alter Christus?” How do we invite her into our work and into the lives of those who are discerning their vocation? In our world of vocations, how can we better imitate her trust, receptivity and response to the Father, not getting caught up in ourselves.


Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP

Sr. Joseph Andrew is one of the four foundresses of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, MI. As the Community’s vocations director, she travels throughout the U.S. (and beyond) giving talks that employ Sacred Scripture, anthropology and psychology, guiding audiences to a greater understanding of the Divine Image in both male and female, and the authority God has entrusted to each. Sister has published in various Catholic journals and magazines as well as led retreats for high school and university students, parishes, religious priests and seminarians in the USA, Canada and Austria. She has appeared on television including EWTN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and, more recently, NPR, CBS, and Fox & Friends to speak about the amazing success of the Community’s first CD, “Mater Eucharistiae.” In November of 2014, a second CD was made — “The Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations, Music.” In her Community’s 19 years of existence, it has grown from 4 to over 120 members, with women coming from 30+ states in the USA as well as from Canada. For more information about this Dominican Community in Ann Arbor, Michigan, please go to www.sistersofmary.org.