assenga_massFor many years now the Mission Office has sponsored an annual event each Fall that highlights our mission connections and educates regarding mission, culture and the situation in varying areas of our globe.  Be sure to join us again next fall as we learn more about mission and our global brothers and sisters in Christ!

The next Fall Forum:  Watch here for information about our next Fall Forum event.


The Fall Mission Forum includes:

  1. Mass or prayer
  2. A presentation by a different missioner or speaker each year
  3. A light reception/snack
  4. Fellowship with other mission-minded folks gathered
  5. The event is completely FREE and open to everyone!

Fabulous Fall Forum Presenters

  1. 2016: Tolga Misirli, executive director of the Minnesota branch of the Niagara Foundation, an organization that works to bring different faith groups and cultures together to enrich one another and their communities, speaking specifically on Christian-Muslim Dialogue.
  2. 2015: Fr. Jerry Rogers, pastor and missioner at St. Mary’s Mission (parish and school) in Red Lake, serving the Native American people of Red Lake Reservation.
  3. 2014: Sr. Mary Dumonceaux, OSF, a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, originally from Foley, currently serves in adult formation ministry in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
  4. 2013: Caroline Brennen, field correspondent for Catholic Relief Services, sharing about her recent time on the Syrian border and the humanitarian crisis there
  5. 2012:  Bishop Rafael Conde and Trina Aguilar, delegates from our Partner Diocese of Maracay, Venezuela, sharing about the partnership and challenges between church and state in their country
  6. 2011:  Fr. John Schwieters, OFM, a missioner from Freeport, MN who has spent the past 40+ years in the Amazon region of Brazil, sharing about his life and ministry in Brazil
  7. 2010: Bishop Paride Taban, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Torit in Southern Sudan, and founder of the Holy Trinity Peace Village in Kuron, Sudan, sharing about his peace-building efforts in a war-torn country
  8. martello2009: Fr. Ernie Martello, OSC, returned Crosier missioner to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sharing about the realities of a war-torn country and need for the church’s presence there
  9. 2008: John Katunga, Regional Peace Building and Justice Advisor for Catholic Relief Services in East Africa, sharing about peace-building efforts on the continent
  10. 2007: Visiting delegates from our partner diocese of Homa Bay, Kenya, sharing about their daily lives and faith in Kenya
  11. 2006: Lisa Sullivan, former Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Venezuela and Latin American Coordinator for the School of Americas Watch, sharing about the call for peace and justice in many Latin American nations
  12. 2005: Fr. Fred Timp, SVD, Freeport-native and Divine Word missioner in Ghana, sharing about the culture and ministry of the West African country in which he lives and serves
  13. 2004: Fr. Dave Gallus, OSC, returned Crosier missioner in Paua, New Guinea, sharing about the people and Crosier’s ministry in Indonesia
  14. 2003: Liz Mach, Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Tanzania, sharing about her health care ministry and life in East Africa