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Archdiocesan Mens Conference

University of St. Thomas Field House 
St. Paul, MN

Date: 2/27/2016


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Pilgrimage Updates!

May 2016 "Come Follow Me" Holy Land Pilgrimage:

This pilgrimage May 9-19 is designed to help people discern the call of God for their lives, with a focus on vocations with Fr. Mike Schmitz as the spiritual director. Registration is now open: click here for forms.

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi, September 26 - October 6, 2016 

For the latest update on this pilgrimage, click here! Fr. Chris Walsh will serve as spiritual director. 

January 2017 Annual Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Dates for the January 2017 Pilgrimage will be determined soon and registration will begin in March.  Click here for information about our previous 2016 pilgrimage. 

Please view our photo gallery for a glimpse of some of our past pilgrimages.

Here is what a recent pilgrim had to say about our annual Holy Land pilgrimage!

 Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

Please feel free to contact us at Cavins Tours phone number --763-420-1074.



Acts Plays In Peoria

Cavins Gray PeoriaThis last weekend I had a wonderful time with Dr. Tim Gray as we went through the Acts of the Apostles with over 350 people in Peoria Illinois. Many of those who attended are coordinating Great Adventure Bible Studies in their parishes around Illinois. We were amazed to find out that over forty of Peoria's parishes are currently using the Great Adventure system.

A big thank you to Doug Grandon who headed up the conference and is the director of the office of catechetics. Doug is one of the great leaders in our church today. Next year we will be back to do the book of Revelation in a day.


Music by Danielle Rose!

On our last pilgrimage to Israel we were blessed with great music from both Paul Vogrinc and Danielle Rose. The music added so much to our pilgrimage that folks are still emailing me about it. I wanted to make the music of Danielle Rose available to you and I know you will want to listen to her for years to come. Rarely have I been so moved by a musicians humility, transparency and love for Christ. Below you will find all the links and numbers to get her music. At the beginning of August she will be entering religious life so she will not be touring any longer.

To purchase Danielle's CD's "Defining Beauty" and "Mysteries" (double CD with a meditation on each of the 20 mysteries of the rosary) call 1-800-566-6150. Her soon to be released CD entitled "I Thirst" (a musical biography of Blessed Mother Teresa) will be available in July or August of 2007.

CDs are available through amazon.com and iTunes as well. When 'I Thirst' is released, it will be available through amazon as well.

And all songs are available to purchase and download onto your computer through itunes. "I Thirst" will be available on itunes when it is released as well.

Click Continue Reading below for a message from Danielle:

"Two weeks before my entrance into religious life, I will be returning to Nashville to record a live album of songs following the journey of my discernment. My hope and prayer was that the Lord might grant me an opportunity to share this journey in song in case it might help strengthen someone else who is discerning---particularly with regards to the fears and questions that are faced in a discerning a religious vocation. I wanted the CD to be made available for free to religious communities and vocations offices to be able to give it to someone who was discerning, and then have the CD available for anyone else who wanted to purchase it. The Lord, in his great love, allowed this to take place beyond my hopes and expectations! My publisher, World Library Publications, is a division of a large company called JSPaluch, (who prints church bulletins for thousands of churches across the country). JSPaluch tithes 10% of their profits each year (which is a LOT) specifically to support religious vocations. I only recently learned that they already have a catalog of resources that are sent directly to all of the religious vocations offices and communities! So World Library Publications, and the Paluch Family Foundation, have agreed to generously support this album. When it is completed (which will be after I have entered the convent), then it will be made available for free to any vocations office or religious community who desires to give it to someone who is discerning a religious vocation. Then it will be also available for anyone to purchase, and the proceeds are going to be donated to the vocations office in my Diocese of Duluth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD IS SO AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This album is going to be entitled "Pursue Me." I have no idea when it will be available, but I would imagine it would probably not be until the late fall/winter of 2007. At that point in time, it will also be available through World Library Publications 1-800-566-6150. It will also be available through their website--but i'm not sure if it will simply be listed with my other albums, or if it will be in a different spot on the website, as the proceeds will all be going for a specific cause. Then the CD will also be available though the National Coalitions for Vocations by calling 1-800-671-NCCV, or going on their website www.nccv-vocations.org, or through their catalog."


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Core Team!

This spring I was privileged to teach a ten-week course called "Catholicism 101" at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings Minnesota. I was so blessed to have met the more than 750 people who participated. The success of these courses is largely due to the great core teams with whom we work. The core team at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was stellar. I want to thank all of you on the core team and all the small group facilitators for the great job you did this year.

From left to right...

Gary Youngstrom, Jan Featherstone, Penny Knoll, Blessed Mother, Jesus, Mary Grace Westman, Fr. Jim Perkl, Fr. Abraham George, me. Not pictured is Garrett Schloesser.


Dr. Francis Beckwith’s Announcement of his Return to the Catholic Church!

Dr. Francis Beckwith is the now former President of the Evangelical Theological Society and is a professor at Baylor University. His recent reconciliation with the Catholic Church has become the buzz on the Internet for the last few days. As you can understand, there are those that wouldn't see his return to the Catholic Church as favorable. I would ask you to pray for him and leave an encouraging comment. To read his moving statement about returning to the Church click here.



The Resurrection - An Anchor For The Soul!

John 20:1-9

What a shock for the disciples to arrive at the tomb and behold the empty linen in which the body of Christ had been wrapped! John tells us that they did not understand the Scripture, that Christ must rise again. These men, so shaken by the past few days, were now faced with something even more bewildering than the death of their leader by crucifixion. What could an empty tomb possibly mean?

The entire story of salvation history turns on this singular, most powerful event. Without it, everything that Jesus had said and done would have been forgotten or seriously questioned. No doubt the enormity of the resurrection caused his followers to rethink, "just what did he say?" Throughout His many discourses, Jesus retold Israel's history, but cast himself as the last Adam, the new Moses who gives the new law of liberty, the son of David, the suffering Messiah and the new Temple that would be destroyed only to be raised in three days.

The resurrection is proof that Jesus is who he said he was. When all the scripture references and prophecies about himself were pointed out to the disciples, they finally saw Jesus as the Messiah and understood what type of Messiah he was: the suffering servant sacrificed for the atonement of sin. It all fell into place for them. They knew the story of their people and how God had lead the nation of Israel, so when it was revealed to them that Jesus provided a New Covenant for them in His blood, they were able to preach the surety of the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. It became clear to the disciples that the mission of the Messiah was to lead all people out of sin and bondage into righteousness and freedom.

The resurrection of Christ should act as an anchor for our souls in times of doubt and in stormy situations. After the resurrection Jesus met up with some of his followers who had hoped in him but were greatly discouraged about his death. They didn't recognize him until he revealed himself in the breaking of the bread. Once his followers understood that he was alive and available, their entire life turned around. Think about it, a handful of people who knew that Jesus rose from the dead went on to turn the world upside down.

Every time we receive communion we are reminded that Jesus is not dead but alive. Our lives are not in vain because we are in Christ and he gives our lives meaning both here on earth and in heaven. We were crucified with Christ, buried with him. and we rose from the dead with him. We can celebrate the resurrection of Christ knowing that death has been swallowed up in Christ's victory. If we are "in Christ" then his victory is our victory. St. Paul said, "I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. The life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and delivered himself up for me" (Galatians 2:20).

Things To Do:

Reflect on the text below. How might the resurrection of Christ change the way you live your daily life?

"I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).