Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Retreat, “Conversations – The Sacred Art: Presence in an Age of Distraction.”

  • 09:00 AM
  • Sacred Heart Parish 2875 10th Ave NE Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
  • 320-251-0111 ext. 4

About the Retreat

This retreat is designed for all parish leaders who aspire to cultivate a more contemplative way of being in conversation. During our time together, we will reflect upon the wisdom to be found in Scripture, poetry, and within our hearts. The retreat will consist of brief presentations, contemplative conversations, personal and communal reflection.

Our day will also include some fun interaction with group play and trivia type competition.

About the Speakers

Diane Millis, PhD

Diane enjoys offering presentations, retreats, and workshops related to the themes of her books, Conversation–the Sacred Art: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction (SkyLight Paths, 2013) and Deepening Engagement: Essential Wisdom for Listening and Leading with Purpose, Meaning, and Joy (SkyLight Paths , 2015).

Diane holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies and a Ph.D. in Family Studies from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Since completing her doctorate, she has studied theology and trained in spiritual direction, retreat direction, and the practice of interfaith dialogue. Diane has taught at a number of schools including the University of Minnesota, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, and Saint Catherine University (MN).  She currently teaches at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Dr. Millis works with leaders, small groups, and communities to increase their capacity to communicate more authentically.  Her recent publications highlight her commitment to developing dialogue and deep listening in a wide array of sectors.

Tony Ducklow


Bio: Tony Ducklow is a ministry entrepreneur based out of Minneapolis. He currently serves as director of creative programming for Youth Leadership, where he helps train youth leaders and direct Summer Festival Camp a four-day summer retreat experience focused on sharing Jesus with teenagers. When he’s not entrepreneuring, Tony loves playing Batman themed video games, traveling with his wife Lacey, and volunteering at his church. Tony loves sharing messages that encourage listeners to follow Jesus in a way that feels authentic, seems attainable, and invites transformation. He loves to speak to teenagers, congregations, and adults who care about the next generation.


Tentative Schedule

8:45 Registration and refreshments

9:15 Welcome and Mixer

9:30 Prayer

9:45 Session 1 with Diane

10:45 Break

11:00 Session 2 with Diane

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Business

1:00   Session 3 with Tony

2:00  Session 4 with Diane

3:00   Dismiss


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