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THURSDAY Workshops

August 29, 2019 | 3:00pm – 4:15pm

How to Run a Retreat

We all know how important retreats can be for discerners (we’ve been there), but what makes a good retreat? What works and what doesn’t? Join us for a presentation and discussion on planning a discernment retreat.

Rev. Brian Fallon

Fr. Brian Fallon is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ordained in 2012, Fr. Fallon served as Assistant Vocation Director and later as Vocation Director since 2015. He is the pastor at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish.

Stress Free Time and Task Management

In this workshop you’ll learn the key skills needed to live and work in a stress free environment by developing your multi-tasking and time management skills.

Mr. Matthew Manion

Matt is the Faculty Director at the Center for Church Management and a Management Professor in the Villanova University School of Business.  His responsibilities include the two year online Master of Science in Church Management degree, the Certificate in Church Management program for seminarians, and research and writing on relevant church management issues.  He is also the Principal Investigator for Villanova’s grant as part of the Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.

Prior to joining Villanova, Matt was a Strategic Business Unit Director for the Franklin Mint and was responsible for a $100 million line of diecast collectible cars.  He also spent 18 years with the Catholic Leadership Institute and served as President and CEO for 13 years.

Matt has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Church Management from Villanova.  He and his wife, Kerri, live outside of Philadelphia and have three children.  In his free time, Matt enjoys marathons, triathlons, and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Whispers in the Maelstrom: Accompaniment in a Climate of Crisis

This workshop will address some of the challenges of helping discern a vocation in the midst of the current climate of tension. In every age, the voice of the world makes it very difficult to hear the Lord calling. As today’s super-connected young men encounter tensions within the Church, they are also invited to follow a wide variety of informal leaders. In a seminary, this can turn into the phenomenon of “formation by blog.” How does a Vocation Director help young men navigate these dangers and follow the voice of the Lord, especially when he is himself beset by weakness?

Rev. Daniel Barnett

Fr. Daniel Barnett was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Spokane in 2000. Prior to his ordination, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Gonzaga University, a Licentiate in Philosophy from St. Michael’s Institute, and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Angelicum. Since his ordination he has served as Pastor in a total of 8 parishes in the Diocese of Spokane. Bishop Daly appointed him Rector of Bishop White Seminary, Director of Vocations, and Director of the Office of Spiritual Healing. He was appointed as a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis.