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10th annual Diocesan Assembly to feature Augustine Institute

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This year’s Diocesan Assembly, now in its tenth year, will bring in speakers from the Augustine Institute focused on “Transforming Catholics for the New Evangelization.”

The speakers and presenters include Lucas Pollice, Martha Tonn, Douglas Bushman and Scott Solom.

The event will be held Oct. 10 at Marshall School in Duluth, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding after the Mass with Bishop Paul Sirba at 4 p.m.

As in past years there will be a continental breakfast, lunch, exhibitors and keynote addresses — “The New Evangelization: The Extraordinary Mission of our Time” and “Being Imitators of Christ.”

New this year are the breakout sessions. Sessions will be held for religious educators, adult faith formation and RCIA.

For religious educators the focus is bringing the transforming power of Jesus Christ into the lives of children and youth. For adult faith formation it is developing a pastoral plan that re-evangelizes the adult faithful and forms intentional disciples. For the RCIA sessions the focus will be implementing a dynamic RCIA process that forms life-long disciples.

Organizers say the overall focus is on making lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.

The early registration deadline has passed, but see the diocesan website,, for registration information. Cost is $40, students $25 and clergy and religious free (but please register).

The Augustine Institute serves the formation of Catholics for the New Evangelization. According to its mission statement, “Through our academic and parish programs, we equip Catholics intellectually, spiritually, and pastorally to renew the Church and transform the world for Christ.”