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Emmaus” Program on Evangelization to Launch this Fall…

Our present Holy Father, Pope Francis, teaches that, by virtue of our baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples [and] agents of evangelization.” (Evangelii Gaudium #120). 

To support and promote our diocesan Church’s ministry of evangelization, the Institute of Lay Formation is offering – through its “Emmaus” component – a year-long formation program on, “Forming Missionary Disciples for Gospel Witness.”  (The “Emmaus ~ Together in Christ” component of the Institute provides continuing formation and renewal for lay leaders serving in the Diocese of Winona.)  This program is open to Institute alumni and to all other leaders in our local parishes, schools, institutions, and lay movements and associations

Set to begin this fall and to take place during the 2017-18 academic year, the program will include prayer and reflection, study and discussion, and discernment concerning our call – both as individuals and as a community – to live out our Christian witness more deeply and fully.

For more information on the Institute of Lay Formation’s 2017-18 Emmaus program, please click on the links below for an invitation letter, a program information page, and application forms.  You can also contact Todd Graff in the diocesan Office of Lay Formation & RCIA (Phone: 507-858-1270 / Email:  Applications to the program are due by Tuesday, August 1.

Emmaus Calendar

All weekend sessions will be held at the Alverna Center in Winona, and will take place from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. Overnight accommodations are available at the Center, and there is also a "Saturday-only" option for participants. The sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • September 15-16, 2017
  • November 3-4, 2017
  • January 12-13, 2018
  • March 2-3, 2018
  • April 27-28, 2017