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What can I expect as a student of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and a member of the Conversatio cohort?

  • Develop an understanding for ministry and leadership
  • Build relationships with local rural parishes
  • Discover effective approaches for evangelization
  • Renew your heart and mind through prayer and worship
  • Belong to a vibrant community of learners
  • Pursuit of wisdom in the theological tradition
  • Participate in a cultural exchange with Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) through courses, community life, and immersive experiences

Parish Placements – Developing lay leaders for rural ministry


Students in the Conversatio cohort, you will be paired with a neighboring parish in the St. Cloud Diocese. Each student will work 8-10 hours a week in their assigned parish with a focus on youth ministry, liturgy, or faith formation. Bi-weekly meetings with cohort and director on parish related topics will enhance learning and growing for both you and those you serve.

Students will be mentored by Lay Ecclesial Ministers with decades of experience in parish and diocesan ministry. Students will not only get direct experience with ministry, but will also have opportunities to create new programming and build evangelization teams to help support their ministry.


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