Green Bay Discipleship Seminar II: Follow Jesus

Diocese of Green Bay Discipleship Seminar II: Follow Jesus

Burning Hearts Disciples is assisting the Diocese of Green Bay in continuing to deepening our friendship with Jesus Christ through Regional Discipleship Formation Seminars. These one-day seminars are designed to help key parish volunteer leaders and parish staff understand the challenges in forming disciples of Jesus Christ and the connection between evangelization, catechesis, parish life, and mission within the discipleship process. 

No Follow Jesus Seminars are currently scheduled.  

If you would like to schedule a Follow Jesus Seminar for your parish, vicariate, or parish cluster, contact us today!

In 2014, the Diocese of Green Bay launched a process into the new evangelization called “Disciples on the Way”. The goal of “Disciples on the Way” is the renewal of each person and in turn, our parishes through discovering Jesus, following Jesus, worshipping Jesus and sharing Jesus.

Those who will be his disciples are already seeking him (cf. Jn 1:38), but it is the Lord who calls them: “Follow me” (Mk 1:14; Mt 9:9). This seminar will introduce participants to Jesus’ method of discipleship, the habits of discipleship and the necessity of focusing on healing within the missionary discipleship process.


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The Encounter, Accompaniment, Community, Mission methodology is outlined in the USCCB document Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization. The appendix includes reflection questions for each of the four methodology areas.  Additional resources can also be found in the New Evangelization Library on the website for the Diocese of Green Bay.

If you missed Seminar I: Discover Jesus or are looking to continue the growth as a disciples you experienced during that day, we would be happy to come put on a seminar or follow up retreat for your parish leadership.

Many parish leaders find that attending a single seminar or retreat day is only able to provide a brief overview of some of the key elements to discipleship and evangelization. Spending time reflecting, praying, and learning both individually and as a group will help ensure you take the concepts from theories and apply them in practice in your own life and in your parish.

Here you can find the handouts and resources used during the seminars as well as a list of resources we recommend for both individuals and groups to help you on your path toward missionary discipleship.

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For Personal Reflection

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Scripture Reflection

Reflect upon Matthew 8:5-11, containing the story of the Roman centurion who begs Jesus for healing - not for himself, but for his boy servant. In the Gospels, we read that Jesus spent about 25% of his time healing the blind, the lame, the paralyzed, the hard hearted, the angry, and the despairing. He never turned away anyone that needed healing and as such, our parishes should be places of healing love and mercy. During Mass at Casa Santa Marta on February 5, 2015, Pope Francis described the Church as a “field hospital” that requires, he said, “healing the wounded hearts, opening doors, freeing [people], and saying that God is good, forgives all, is our Father, is tender, and is always waiting for us...”

Reflect on the Scripture:

"Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed." - Matthew 8:8

Reflection Questions:

  • Where are the places in my own life where I am in need of healing?
  • Who can accompany me on my healing journey?
  • Who can I accompany through their journey of healing?
  • How can I reach out with Christ’s healing love to those entrusted to my care?

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Road to Emmaus: Lectio Divina on Discipleship

By: Diocese of Green Bay 

Lectio Divina is an ancient tradition and a beautiful way of praying with the Bible. Pope Benedict says that “the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart. If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church – I am convinced of it – a new spiritual springtime.” Consider adding Lectio Divina prayer time to your meetings and gatherings. The Road to Emmaus Handout from the Discipleship Seminar is a great tool for connecting this prayer to our discipleship journey.


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Book / Video Study

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Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life

By: Bob Schuchts

This book helps open us to the spiritual, emotional, and physical healing available through the power of the Holy Spirit and the sacraments. The prayer-focused process for finding inner peace and healing in Be Healed has helped many people find hope in the risen Christ and opened up new avenues of prayer for them.

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Healing: Bringing the Gift of God's Mercy to the World

By: Mary Healy

In her book, Mary Healy answers these questions and more:

  • Is Jesus still healing people today?
  • Are these healings real and do they last?
  • How do we know if God wants us to pray for healing?
  • Isn't God asking us to endure suffering and hardships instead of asking for healing?
  • How can we pray for healing?
  • Can my broken heart be healed as well as my body?

Through the study of Catholic tradition, the lives of the saints, and ordinary people, participants will begin to understand how the message of inward healing is also a message that we as Catholics are empowered to take outward to the world.

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Fearless:  A Documentary on the Holy Spirit and Evangelization

FEARLESS is a new documentary on the role of healings and miracles in evangelization. Veteran film maker Maura Smith, takes us on a compelling journey of discovery to find the missing piece of the New Evangelization - the Divine Power. We witness how ordinary people in the parish, on the streets, and on college campuses encounter God's love and presence. Featuring Dr. Ralph Martin, Dr. Mary Healy, and Fr. Mathias Thelen, it follows Fr. Thelen and others who demonstrate that everyone can evangelize in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Retreat Experiences

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Healing the Whole Person

The John Paul II Healing Center supports the Church in the New Evangelization by offering healing and training experiences to priests, seminarians, religious, lay leaders, and families. They offer conferences and resources to help facilitate transformation in the hearts of the people who in turn bring about transformation within the heart of the Church. The John Paul II Healing Center's Healing the Whole Person Retreat provides the framework for understanding and receiving Christ’s healing and peace in the heart of the Catholic Church.

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Koinonia is a Catholic retreat and an invitation to encounter Jesus while continuing life's journey. Koinonia strives to meet everyone where they are at and assist them on their spiritual journey. Koinonia brings the Paschal Mystery to life so that the dying and rising of Christ are experienced in a real and powerful way. The weekend consists of talks, discussions, reflections, sharing, prayer, and liturgical celebrations. A team of lay people, clergy, and religious lead the experience, which is held in a loving and accepting atmosphere. Koinonia brings each person into one community, one body gathered in the name of Jesus, who is the center of the weekend.

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Cursillo seeks to uplift Catholics in their faith by deepening three actions of the Holy Spirit: piety, study, and action. The world-wide Cursillo movement has centers in most countries. The first Cursillo in the United States was in 1957 in Waco, Texas. A priest and two Spanish Air Force trainees were the key figures. The first Cursillo in the Diocese of Green Bay was in 1965 and has been going since. Four Cursillo retreats are held per year. The basic Cursillo weekend format has remained constant, but as in all things, changes and updates have been made in the retreat format. There have been 200+ weekends in the Diocese of Green Bay with over 7,000+ Cursillistas meeting the challenge of Pope Pius XII to penetrate our environments and bring the world back to Christ.

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Christ Renews His Parish

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a parish and prayer renewal process that began in Ohio in 1969 and has since spread to nearly 1,000 parishes in more than 34 states. It has been very popular in the Diocese of Green Bay and many parishes have hosted a Christ Renews His Parish retreat. The weekend retreat at the local parish provides an opportunity to experience Christ in a renewed way through talks, seminars, and prayer experiences.

For more information on CHRP in the Diocese of Green Bay, contact: Deb Wegner-Hohensee | 
(920) 272-8286 | 1-877-500-3580, ext. 8286 (toll-free in 920 and 715 area codes)

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Small Faith Sharing Series

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Source: CCO Faith Study Series

By: Catholic Christian Outreach

This book helps open us to the spiritual, emotional, and physical healing available through the power of the Holy Spirit and the sacraments. The prayer-focused process for finding inner peace and healing in Be Healed has helped many people find hope in the risen Christ and opened up new avenues of prayer for them.

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Following Christ

By: ChristLife

Following Christ is an 7 week series designed to help those who have encountered Jesus to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through the grace of God by praying together, teaching, and supporting one another in some of the basic disciplines and truths practiced by Christians since the early Church. Topics include: Prayer, Hearing God in Scripture, The Power of the Sacraments, Forgiveness, and Living a Spirit-Empowered Life.

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Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

By: Ascension Press

Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John guides participants through a personal encounter with Christ. The eight 30-minute videos are presented by Dr. Edward Sri and guides participants through the Gospel of John. Dr. Sri will explain how Christ’s encounters with his disciples, the Samaritan woman, the man born blind, and others, are examples of how he lovingly and persistently calls each of us to a more intimate and life-changing relationship with him

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