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   Lifelong Learning for Ecclesial Ministers

As a center for theological learning and ministerial formation, Saint John's School of Theology•Seminary offers the Conversatio retreats and programming. With Benedictine spirituality at its source, Conversatio ("lifelong conversion") seeks to:

  • Serve as a resource for clergy and lay ecclesial ministers
  • Repond to the changing needs of Christian life
  • Offer time and space for prayer, reflection and study
  • Create networks of support among peers in ministry
  • Assist ministers in becoming resources to one another
  • Help create healthy, vital parish communities

Please explore our upcoming events on the calendar to the right, or contact us with questions at (320) 363-3052 or

Read more about Conversatio.

    Conversatio Events

    Testing the Waters

    A workshop and peer group program on cultivating healthy parishes.

    Redeeming Administration
    Special day program and 4 follow-up sessions for administrators of schools, parishes, and other institutions to help them recontextualize their spirituality and work as vital to ministry.
    August 8, 2014

    Victor J. Klimoski Lifelong Learning Lecture and Dinner
    A day of special events supporting the ongoing work of Conversatio, featuring keynote speaker Marilyn McEntyre.
    October 2, 2014

    Toolbox for Pastoral Leadership
    The Toolbox for Pastoral Leadership is for new Catholic pastors who understand that management skills are essential for creating and sustaining the dynamic and vibrant parish that is vital for living out the Gospel.
    October 12 - 17, 2014