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Missionary Discipleship

Missionary Discipleship Institute

Be formed for a life of mission in a community of Catholic leaders from around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee through the Missionary Discipleship Institute (MDI).

The MDI offers formation in the essentials for living the life of a missionary disciple through impact sessions and impact experiences. Fall 2020 sessions will be offered virtually using Zoom. Participants will need a free Zoom account to participate. 


Thursday April 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. Virtual

Impact Sessions:

School of Prayer: Disposition of a Missionary Disciple with Margaret Rhody
Entering the Battle of Evil with Doug Ulaszek



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  Anatomy of a Catholic Disciple

As Church leaders, we often hear that we are "called to be disciples" and "to make disciples", but what does this actually look like? Learn the inner workings of living and teaching discipleship based on Sacred Scripture, the Catechism, and the General Directory of Catechesis.

  Cultivating a Heart for the Lost, Least, Last, and Lonely

Jesus went to those on the margins and loved them as they had never experienced before. A missionary disciple following in the steps of the Master, seeks to grow in that love for and truly see those on the margins of our own neighborhoods, workplaces, and community. Participants in this session will seek God's grace to stretch our hearts to love the lost, the least, the last, and the lonely.

  Cultivating a Home of Discipleship

Parents are the first teachers of the faith. Learn practical ways you can structure your home life to bring your children up to be happy, healthy, holy disciples.

  School of Prayer: The Disposition of a Missionary Disciple

Prayer is at the heart of missionary discipleship. This impact session will aid you in learning how to pray in light of the tradition of the Church, explore the dispositions of a prayerful heart, and give you opportunities to encounter Christ through prayer in a powerful way.

  Sharing the Great Story: Practical Ways to Tell the Good News

The great story of God’s plan for His people has been told through the centuries and we, as missionary disciples, need to be able to tell it simply and convincingly to others. This impact session will equip you for sharing the Kerygma (the great story of Christ), and help you tell how the great story of Christ’s love has come alive in your life.

  How to Share God's Great Story in You

Every disciple has a story of how they have experienced God in their daily life. The world needs your story, and God longs to bless others when you share it. Come learn how to recognize and share the stories of God's loving action in your life.

  Knowing the Mission Field: Being on Mission in a 21st Century Context

Our world is full of "-isms" that greatly affect our thoughts on who God is and who we are as his sons and daughters. This impact session will focus on knowing the prevailing cultural milieu and how to respond in an evangelizing way.

  School of Prayer: Discernment of Spirits

Discernment of Spirits is the prayerful practice of listening to our Interior movements to follow God’s will for our lives. This session will help participants understand and use discernment in their daily prayer.

  Conversion Conversations: Walking with Others

Every disciple has been mentored in some capacity by another disciple. The missionary disciple is able to discern where someone is on their journey of faith and lead them closer to Christ. This impact session will give you the practical tools for walking with someone through conversations that lead to conversion and the fullness of Catholic life.

  The Social Dimension of the Gospel: The Lay Vocation to Transform the World

Pope Francis reminds us: “To evangelize is to make the kingdom of God present in our world” (Evangelii Gaudium, #176). This impact session will explore our missionary calling to engage in social issues through the wisdom and practice of Catholic Social Teaching. 

  Scripture for Mission: Understanding the Big Picture of Scripture

Our God is a missionary God! He has been on mission to seek and save us from the beginning of time. This session will explore the Scriptures in light of God’s missionary outreach to us and to the world.

  Evangelizing Apologetics – Speaking the Truth with Love

At some time, all of us are in a situation where someone speaks about the Catholic faith in a questioning, confused, or hostile way. This calls for apologetics which is simply the “defense of the faith.” This impact session will explore how to prepare for and practice evangelizing apologetics, with specific practice on some of today’s most disputed Church Teachings.

  Accompaniment – The Long View of Discipling

Walking with someone into discipleship happens on the Holy Spirit’s timetable. In some cases, this can mean accompanying someone over a period of months and years. So how do we do that? This impact session will equip missionaries with the spirituality, practices and perspectives for discipling over the long haul.    

  Where is Jesus Leading Me Now?

Bible study, small group, service project, parish committee member, festival volunteer, mass server...there are so many things to do. But, how do you know where and how Jesus is calling you to serve? This impact session will equip you with tools to discern his call to your particular mission. 

  Missionary Made Simple

Do you look for the nearest exit when someone says evangelization? Does living as a missionary disciple bring about feelings of anxiety, confusion, or apprehension? In this session you will learn a simple and natural approach to invite the people in your life to know Jesus.

  Your Mission Setting: Workplace

Evangelization and discipleship is an all-weather, all-setting sport. This practical training explores how to be on mission in your workplace.

  Accompanying Others in the Ways of Discipleship

Discipleship grows in relationship. Do you know how to meet people where they are and accompany them to the destination of a lived discipleship? This impact session is basic training for how to: person-to-person discipleship.

  Mission of the Church

It's not so much that the Church has a mission, as that the mission has a Church. In this impact session, we explore the essentials of this mission, how to get or stay on mission, and tools/resources for the mission.

  Entering the Battle of Evil

The life and ministry of Jesus clearly demonstrates the existence of evil in this world - not just physical evil manifested through sin, but spiritual evil as well, present in the Devil and his demons. When we enter into the mission of Jesus, we enter into the same battle He waged against both physical and spiritual evil. This impact session will address the reality of evil (especially spiritual evil), how to prepare for its attacks, and how to wage spiritual battle on behalf of our family and friends. 

Called and Gifted

The Catherine of Siena Institute offers this Saturday daylong workshop to help disciples understand and discern their God-given gifts or “charisms.” When we allow the Holy Spirit to work through our charisms, we discover a sense of joy and peace as we live according to our divine purpose. This workshop involves learning about 26 of the most common charisms, completing the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory to identify which charisms you may have, and scheduling a personal gifts interview to explore how to begin experimenting with your charisms. Registration fee for Called and Gifted is $40, which covers materials and meals. No one will be denied due to financial circumstances.

Details on Called & Gifted opportunities for 2020-2021 coming soon!

Healing the Whole Person

As we grow as disciples on mission, we accompany others who struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, illness, or patterns of sin they can't seem to break. The closer we grow in relationship with our Lord, He also shows us our own brokenness. Do you know how to help others (and yourself) bring these wounds to God and receive His gifts of healing and peace? In Healing the Whole Person, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, and Dr. Bob Schuchts (author of Be Healed) will help us to understand and receive the healing our Lord longs to give through the sacraments and prayer in the heart of the Catholic Church. 

Our next in-person Healing the Whole Person in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is in 2022. For virtual opportunities or opportunities in other dioceses see

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