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Things to Do

Night on the Town for new vocation directors!

Saturday, August 24 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Join the Laboure Society for dinner at the iconic Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis on Saturday, August 24th.
Stay for fellowship and lawn bowling on their rooftop British bowling green. Come hungry and ready for some fun!

Unlocking Vocations: Implement Impactful Strategies

Monday Breakfast at 7:00am with Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry

Are you ready to ignite a vibrant culture of vocations within your diocese?

In this interactive and engaging presentation, Rhonda, author of Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry, will share her expertise garnered from partnering with over 100 Vocation Directors.

Highlights Include:

  • Insightful Vocation Data: Understand the trends affecting vocations: discern out rate, ordination rate, and retirement rate.
  • Identify Key Collaborators:  Create a network of support that includes both clergy and laity, ensuring a holistic approach to vocation ministry.
  • Effective Funnel Strategies: Develop the pathways that lead and engage discerners.  

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain practical strategies and walk away with resources that grow vocations.

Register Now to reserve your spot!

2024 Archdiocese of Military Services Sponsored Breakfast

Please join us for breakfast at the NCDVD Convention to discuss forging future priests for service at home and abroad.
Tuesday, August 27th at 7:00 a.m.

Registration is required.

Forming a Vocation Team

Wednesday Breakfast at 7:30am with Vianney Vocations
with Fr. Brett Brannen and Sam Alzheimer

Vocation Teams fail without defined roles and responsibilities. Learn how to work with your bishop to form a team, then assign common duties to all members and special roles for some members. We’ll cover training, how to keep priests engaged with frequent meetings, and making a plan for turnover. Plus, learn about Vocation Pathway, a new strategy that forms Vocation Teams, then identifies and accompanies young men as they discern their vocations. This will be an engaging presentation with a huge number of practical takeaways. Whether or not you partner with Vianney Vocations, come steal all our ideas—we are going to unveil the entire system!

Dinner and a Ball Game!

Join the Laboure Society for dinner and a Twins baseball game on Wednesday night, August 28th.  What better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying time together with your peers in fellowship! We will walk to nearby Gluek’s, an historic bar and restaurant, which can be traced back to 1855 and is known as the oldest bar in Minneapolis. After dinner we will take a short walk to Target field to see the Twins play the Atlanta Braves. Sponsored by the Labouré Society.

Minnesota State Fair

What began in 1854 as a territorial fair to highlight agriculture and encourage farming in the region became the Minnesota State Fair in 1859, a year after Minnesota was granted statehood.

Today, often referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” the annual Minnesota State Fair in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region.

To learn more about the fair visit: www.exploreminnesota.com/list/25-must-dos-minnesota-state-fair

Visit Minnesota

Minnesota’s capital St. Paul and its biggest city, Minneapolis stand side-by-side along the Mississippi River and boast some of the Midwest’s best cultural institutions, award-winning restaurants, sprawling green spaces, and attractions with year-round family appeal.

To learn more about the State of Minnesota visit:


To learn more about the city of Minneapolis visit:


To learn more about the city of St. Paul visit:


Saint Paul Cathedral

The Cathedral of Saint Paul was the dream of Archbishop John Ireland over a century ago. He remarked: “There should be no one, who entering this Cathedral, is not able to say- It is mine.”   Today, it stands as a physical manifestation of the Church’s mission to invite people to open the doors of their hearts to Jesus Christ.

The Cathedral is the co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, along with the Basilica of Saint Mary.

To learn more about the Cathedral and its museum visit:


Basilica of St. Mary

The Basilica of Saint Mary is the co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis.  It was established as a minor basilica by Pope Pius XI in 1926, making it the first basilica in the United States.

The basilica was formally consecrated by Archbishop Dennis Dougherty of Philadelphia as part of the Ninth National Eucharistic Congress, which was taking place in Minneapolis and Saint Paul at the time.

To schedule a tour or to learn more about the Basilica visit:


Dinner in Town

For those of you looking for dinner options in downtown Minneapolis please visit the MEET MINNEAPOLIS website.