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Issue: #17 June 2015

A door has opened. Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché have resigned. Now is the time to write to the papal nuncio to urge him to do a broad and open consultation with the people of this archdiocese before recommending appointment of an archbishop.


Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

Papal Nuncio to the U.S.

3339 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20008-3687 


Our Bishop Selection Process at the end of 2014 and correspondence with the papal nuncio since, have given Archbishop Viganò a heads up that our archdiocese is committed to positive change and eager to have a say in the kind of leadership we need for that change to happen.


This opportunity is urgent and important. Whether you've written to the papal nuncio on this topic before or not, please write to him now. Urge others to contact him as well. This is a tipping point for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and for the church. We must take action to support the papal nuncio in his decision making, and the church's healing and getting back to its true work of radical equality, unabashed inclusivity, and transforming love.


Thank you from the CCCR and the Council of the Baptized


Related link

Press release from CCCR and the Council of the Baptized in response to the Nienstedt and Piché resignations

A Push to Build

Building a communication network for the lay people of this archdiocese is becoming more and more important, so we can make our voices heard. Ideally, all Catholics will have the chance to think, pray, speak and take action. In fact, some will be more engaged than others. No matter the individual case, we all need to know what's going on and what can be done. Please continue to invite your friends, family and other interested folks to join the CCCR Lay Network. Join at Follow the link on the home page to the registration form requesting your name, mailing address, parish, and email address. Don't affiliate with a parish? Join the Network anyway. Everyone is welcome.
  IEC Gathering 2015 is June 26-28!

The Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IEC) National Gathering is coming up fast! Registration is $200 and closes June 22. This will be a jam-packed gathering beginning with the "Concert to End Homelessness - A Benefit for St. Stephen's Human Services" on June 25, and followed by a terrific line up of speakers and activities. Don't miss it!

June 22 - Last day to register for the IEC Gathering 2015. Registration fee is $200. The schedule on the IEC website shows Registration Open, which is actually an event check-in for those who have already registered. There will be no registration at the door.

June 25 - "Concert to End Homelessness - A Benefit for St. Stephen's Human Services" kicks off IEC National Gathering at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan. Tickets are $35 and $70. Click here for who's performing (!) and tickets.

June 26 - Pre-conference event called "Catholic Social Teaching: We Speak and Act for Dignity and Justice." Register when you do for the Gathering.  Price is $50. 

June 26-28 - IEC National Gathering at Concordia University in St. Paul. Click for more info.  
Keep Talking about Love and Sex

The Council of the Baptized continues to organize listening sessions and conversation about healthy sexuality. If you haven't already, read "Toward a Healthy Christian Theology of Sexuality," the position paper at the center of the discussion. It's short, but packed with material to spark thought and conversation. Want to talk more about it? Contact Mary Beth Stein at or 612-805-7091 to set up a listening session in your parish. Groups large and small are encouraged to share their insights to help U.S. bishops prepare for The Synod 2015 on the Family. 


Related links:

TPT interview with Mary Ellen Jordan and Mary Beth Stein.   

Evolutionary Christianity?

Can the Christian story and contemporary science co-exist? "Companions on the Journey: An Introduction to Evolutionary Christianity" is an interactive opportunity to learn about, reflect on and respond to this concept. Michael Bayly leads the discussion, which you can schedule for your parish, family or small group. The program is flexible to accommodate the time your group allows. Contact Michael at  

Think, pray, speak and take action.