How To Build a Culture of Vocations in our Parishes/Homes

Please join the Office of Vocations in welcoming Fr. Brett Brannen, acclaimed author and speaker, to our Diocese.  Fr. Brannen will present a workshop on Thursday, April 27th @ 5:30 pm at St. John the Evangelist in Ft. Pierre and repeat the same workshop on Friday, April 28th @ 5:30 at Terra Sancta Retreat Center in Rapid City.  The evening begins with dinner and includes a presentation by Fr. Brannen and time for prayer. Fr. Brannen will share insights from his own vocation journey as well as his extensive experience and wisdom on how to inspire a culture of vocations.  This workshop is open to all.  If you are interested in starting a vocations ministry in your parish, this workshop will be helpful to you.  If you are already helping with a flourishing vocation ministry, this workshop will encourage and inspire you to continue!  If you are a parent or grandparent who would like to learn how to better encourage and support vocations, you will appreciate what Fr. Brannen has to say.  There is no charge for this event, but registration is required. 


Fort Pierre - Thursday, April 27th - 5:30pm CST

Terra Sancta Retreat Center, Rapid City - Friday, April 28th - 5:30pm MST



From Father to Son: Helping Boys Embrace Authentic Masculinity



Join Fr. Mark McCormick on Wednesday, April 26th at 5:30 at Terra Sancta for a very special Father/Son event.  The evening will begin with dinner and be followed by a talk by Fr. Brett Brannen, acclaimed author and speaker, titled:  From Father to Son:  Helping Boys Embrace Authentic Masculinity.  There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.  Registration deadline is:  April 18th. This event is open to middle and high school young men and their fathers, grandfathers, older brothers, godfathers and mentors. There are a lot of voices out there and many conflicting and confusing messages about what it means to be a man in the 21st century.  How many of us take the time to listen to what God has to say about the matter?  Note: Young men must be accompanied by an adult. 



Registration deadline is: April 18th



Guest Speaker: Fr. Brannen


Fr. Brett Brannen was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Savannah, Ga.  He graduated from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary with an M.Div and an MA-Theology; Sacred Scripture.  He has served as pastor of five different parishes and was diocesan vocation director for 10 years.  From 2005-2011, he was the vice rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.  Fr. Brannen has preached nearly 50 diocesan priest retreats around the U.S., as well as numerous retreats for seminaries, discernment retreats for men and parish missions.  He has taught a course on the Identity of the Diocesan Priest at The Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE for the last 11 years and he preaches an annual retreat for priests with The Theology of the Body Institute.  He is the author of two books: To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood (2010) and A Priest in the Family: A Guide for Parents Whose Sons are Considering Priesthood (2014).  Fr. Brannen is currently the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Savannah, Ga. 





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