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Office of Religious Education

Office Description:
The Office of Religious Education provides consultation, resources, and training to parish staff, pastoral leaders, and catechists in the area of child, and youth formation.



Two Lay Ministry Programs

for Catholics in the Diocese of New Ulm


Started in 2004, Foundations is a one-year formation program for Catholics in the Diocese of New Ulm. It’s the first of two formation programs sponsored by the diocese, the other being Together in Mission. They alternate every other year.


Participants meet one Saturday a month between September and April at the diocesan Pastoral Center in New Ulm. Each day-long meeting contains presentations on the Catholic faith, prayer, and lunch.

While anyone can participate, these formation programs are especially recommended for persons involved in parish ministry, such as catechists, DREs, Catholic school teachers, and Catholic school principals.

The next session will be Foundations. The cost is $110, which includes materials and meals. Scholarships are available.

Deadline registration is Aug. 1, 2015. Space is limited. Click Foundations Information and Application for 2015-2016 to download an application or contact Paulette Kral, 507-233-5318; pkral@dnu.org

             FOUNDATIONS 2015-2016 SCHEDULE

Sept. 19, 2015

"Introduction to Catholic Philosophy" with Dr. Kevin Rickert

Oct. 17

"Salvation History I" with Dan Wambeke, M.T.S.

Nov. 7

"Salvation History II" with Dan Wambeke, M.T.S.

Dec. 5

"Introduction to Catholic Theology" with Sr. Myriam Rose Schaffer, ACJ

Jan. 23, 2016

"Theology of Sacraments" with Bryan Reising

Feb. 27

"Theology of the Catholic Church" with Bishop John M. LeVoir

March 19

"Morality and Social Teaching" with Sr. Candace Fier, ISSM

April 16

"Lay Ministry and Spirituality" with Bryan Reising



  • Saturday, September 26, 2015
  • 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (8 a.m. early bird Mass)
  • Church of St. Catherine, Redwood Falls
  • "The Catholic Faith and Religious Orders," presented by Fr. Otto Bettler, OSB, and "Evangelization and Catechesis and Ministry with Hispanics," presented by Hector Obregon-Luna.
  • Click here for a poster



Scholarships available!
Hilary and Elizabeth Mohr Scholarship

Lay Ministry Scholarship Application



Have you ever thought about serving the Diocese of New Ulm as a DRE, teacher, canon lawyer, or pastoral care supervisor? Do you wish you could further your education in these fields, but don't have the resources to do so?

The Diocese of New Ulm offers the Lay Ministry Grant to individuals pursuing a master degree in theology, pastoral ministry, pastoral administration, liturgy, or canon law. Applicants must intend on serving in the Diocese of New Ulm upon receiving the degree, and they must attend one of the following schools: St. Mary's University, Winona - Institute in Pastoral Ministry; St. John's School of Theology, Collegeville; University of St. Thomas, St. Paul; St. Meinrad University, St. Meinrad, Ind.; or the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.

For a description of the grant and an application form, click here. If you have further questions, contact Bryan Reising, 507-359-2966.



"The Future of Religious Liberty in America"

with Fr. Raymond de Souza

Fr. Raymond de Souza was ordained a Catholic priest on July 20, 2002, for the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario. Since 2004 he has served as chaplain at Newman House, the Roman Catholic chaplaincy at Queen's University. Since 2006 he has been pastor of the Sacred Heart of Mary Parish on Wolfe Island, where he lives.

Fr. de Souza currently teaches at Queen's in the Faculty of Education and in the Economics Department. He is a longstanding weekly columnist for the "National Post," and contributes a weekly column to "The Catholic Register," Canada's largest Catholic newspaper. He is also the editor-in-chief of "Convivium," a magazine examining the role of faith in our common life.

For a DVD copy of Fr. de Souza's presentation, contact the diocesan Office of Communications, 507-233-5333; spatet@dnu.org





The Diocese of New Ulm Partners with the University of Dayton for Online Learning.

For more information or to register for an upcoming course, click here.

  • Upcoming Sessions
    1. Cycle 4: MAY 31-JULY 4, 2015
    • Registration opens April 15, closes May 27; Scholarships available for those involved in catechetical ministry. Contact Bryan Reising, 507-233-5324; breising@dnu.org



This is the only national organization dedicated solely to the ministry of catechesis. Its membership consists of catechetical leaders from diocesan offices, parish catechetical leaders, academics who work in the field of catechesis and publishing partners.

Click here for more information.



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