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Keynotes

Bishop Andrew Cozzens

Tuesday, August 27th at 2:00 p.m.

Living Obedience Daily

Speaker Bio
Pope Francis appointed the Most Rev. Andrew Cozzens as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Crookston on Oct. 18, 2021. 

Bishop Cozzens, who served as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis from 2013 to 2021, was born August 3, 1968. He is the son of Jack and Judy Cozzens and the youngest of three children. Bishop Cozzens graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he experienced a deepening of the faith through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. During a period of discernment after college, Bishop Cozzens served as a traveling missionary to young people around the country with Twin Cities-based NET Ministries. During his first month as a missionary, his NET team served in the Diocese of Crookston putting on retreats in the parishes and schools throughout the diocese. After serving with NET Ministries, he joined the
Companions of Christ, a fraternity of diocesan priests in Saint Paul, and worked for Saint Paul’s Outreach leading college Bible study groups.

After his year of discernment, he was accepted into the Saint Paul Seminary. Four years later, in 1997, he was ordained to the priesthood for the  Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Bishop Cozzens served as Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and then Faribault Catholic Community (now Divine Mercy) before being sent to Rome for doctoral studies. Upon his return to Minnesota, Bishop Cozzens served as a Professor of Sacramental Theology and a Formator at the Saint Paul Seminary from 2006 until 2013.

In the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Bishop Cozzens served as Vicar for Catholic Education and supervised the Archdiocesan Synod Process while overseeing the offices of Latino Ministry, Evangelization, and Marriage, Family and Life. He currently serves as the chair of the board for NET Ministries, St. Paul’s Outreach, The Institute for Priestly Formation and The Seminary Formation Council. Bishop Cozszens is also a member of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors Episcopal Board of Advisors. Additionally, Bishop Cozzens has served as chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis where on behalf of the bishops he is leading a three-year National Eucharistic Revival that began in June of 2022.

Rev. Brett Brannen

 

How to end your term as vocation director, a more holy priest than when you began.

Speaker Bio

Rev. Brett Brannen was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Savannah, where he served as vocation director (10 years, first term) and as a pastor of five different parishes.  From 2005- 2011, he was the vice-rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.  Fr. Brannen has preached numerous retreats for diocesan priests, seminaries and religious communities, as well as discernment retreats for vocation candidates.  He taught many years at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha and with The Theology of the Body Institute (TOB and the Identity of the Diocesan Priest).  He is the author of “To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood” (2010) and “A Priest in the Family: A Guide for Parents Whose Sons are Considering Priesthood” (2014).  Fr. Brannen was the Spiritual Director at The Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio from 2020-23.  He is currently the Vicar for Priestly Life and Vocations in the Diocese of Savannah, and pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Tybee Island, Ga.