2020 Collegeville National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Lay Ecclesial Ministry National Symposium

Originally set for June 2, 3, and 4, 2020, watch for it June 2021!

Hosted at Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary

Registration: $300.00, which includes room and meals

A Note from Dr. Barbara Sutton to registrants:

Dear Colleagues:

I hope this email finds you well!  These are trying weeks with the coronavirus and all the implications it brings.  Saint John’s University has turned to online learning until the end of the semester.  With the uncertainty of when the shelter in place will be lifted, the symposium will be moved to June 2021.  I just finished a good and supportive conference call with our partners and it seems the best decision for all.  The partners spoke about ways to continue the momentum over the coming year, leading up to June 2021.  I hope to have a plan for this after Easter, and will provide it to you once it is established

Over the next weeks, I will make arrangements with our Business Office to return your registrant fees.   If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask.

I wish you well. 

Barbara Sutton
Director of Ministerial Formation and Field Education
Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary
Luke Hall 202
PO Box 7288
Collegeville, MN  56321


We are convinced that sustaining healthy ministerial workplaces, built on covenant relationships and a commitment to justice, equips parishes for communio and mission. Healthy workplaces result when pastoral leadership teams actively cultivate trust, community, fairness, financial well-being, shared values, manageable workload, appreciation and vocational commitment. Still inspired by the USCCB pastoral letter, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord (2005), we invite you on this journey to help foster healthy workplaces for all who minister in the name of Christ.

What is the ministry this symposium seeks to sustain?

Prayer Leaders, Speakers, Witnesses and Writers

Schedule for Prayer, Presentations and Workshops

Tuesday, June 2

1:30 pm     Welcome
1:45 pm     Prayer - Bishop Donald Kettler, Diocese of Saint Cloud
2:30 pm     Sustaining A Healthy Ministerial Vineyard:  The Intersection of Lamentation and Hope - Barbara Sutton and Nathaniel Samuel
5:00 pm     At the Vineyard:  Trip to Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery for insight, community building and dinner

  Wednesday, June 3

9:00 am      Morning Prayer - Jessie Bazan
9:45 am      Moving Towards A New Story - Kerry A. Robinson
11:00 am    A Healthy Ministerial Workplace:  Collaborative Learning (session 1)

  • Community, Dorice Law
  • Control, Bridget Klawitter
  • Fairness, Timothy Johnston
  • FinancialWell-being, James Wahl
  • Reward, Kyle Lechtenberg
  • Values, Robert Choiniere
  • Vocation, Kristi Bivens
  • Workload, Yaret Macedo

1:30 pm     A Healthy Ministerial Workplace:  Collaborative Learning (session 2)
3:00 pm     A Self-assessment Tool on a Healthy Ministerial Workplace for Dioceses and Parishes
5:00 pm     Eucharistic Liturgy - Archbishop John C. Wester, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
7:00 pm     SoulCollage®: An Intuitive Process for Imagining the Ministerial Vineyard

Thursday, June 4

8:45 am      Morning Prayer - Deacon Keith Davis
9:00 am      Creating a Covenant for a Healthy Ministerial Workplace: Collaborative Learning - Table Groups
10:30 am    Witness Response - Edward P. Hahnenberg, Rev. Hector Madrigal and Zeni Fox
11:00 am    Closing Prayer Service - Vanessa White


Brief History

2011 Lay Ecclesial Ministry Symposium Blog

For more information

Dr. Barbara Sutton
Symposium Chair
Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary
[email protected]