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APM Retreat:

Hope: the Sense of a Way Forward

with Julie Neraas

Friday, March 5, 2021

9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Virtual via Zoom

(link emailed prior to retreat)

$10 members, $15 Non-members

Registration Deadline Extended:
March 4, 2021

Flyer & Registration


9:30am  Welcome / Announcements

Nature of Hope: How it Works in Peoples’ Lives - Presentation followed by small group


11:00am  Brief break

Sources of Hope – Presentation followed by small group 

Noon-12:45  Lunch break followed by the afternoon session:

Habits and Practices That Encourage Hope – Presentation followed by small group

Gleaning Insights from Our Day Together and final thoughts


1:45pm  Final remarks

In this retreat we will reflect on the nature of hope and how it works in peoples’ lives. It is different than optimism, related to faith, and closely linked with the imagination, which is always helping us see options and possibilities. We think of hope as a private, interior resource, but it’s when we feel we have no more internal resources that we really need hope. In this way, hope is often birthed in community, whether that community be a few friends, a relationship with a therapist or spiritual director, a neighbor, or a parish community.

In our time together we will consider our individual heritage of hope, some legitimate sources of hope, the many things faith contributes to hope, as well as habits and practices that encourage hope. We will weave together short presentations with questions for quiet reflection, conversation, guided listening experiences, and a few short readings and poems.

APM Chair:
Lisa Fontecha
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Wisdom and Wonders in Ministry

Join APM board members Jean Thoresen and Barb Uschold Anderson

Thursday, March 18, 2021

3:00 to 4:00Pm

Drop in and gather with other pastoral ministers from your desk or home to check-in, share ideas, gain insight and knowledge about a variety of topics.  It seems like weekly there’s a new wonder to tackle! As we continue to minister through Covid-19, and beyond: we are faced with several challenges.  Here we will share about best practices, protocols, prayer, and gain camaraderie and encouragement, etc.

We meet for an hour on Zoom, to check-in, pray, discuss & share, timely issues like: homebound ministry during Covid-19, funeral lunch changes, formation of volunteers, etc.

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We hope you can join us and feel free to pass this on to others you may know in pastoral ministry.

About Us

APM is a community of caring people committed to the Church's human service ministries and the support of one another in those ministries.


The role of our members is one of leadership in calling people forth to respond to their baptism through ministry and in modeling new ways of ministering.


We are dedicated to nurturing relationships with individuals and organizations within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and beyond its boundaries.


We are a community of discernment seeking to discover and to implement ways that will strengthen and improve the quality of our ministry modeled after the life and teachings of Jesus.

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