lay formation



EMMAUS ~ TOGETHER IN CHRIST provides a program of continuing formation and renewal for Institute alumni and other lay leaders serving in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. Offerings include academic sessions, days of reflections, retreats, workshops, etc. The program provides lay leaders with opportunities for growth in the four core areas of formation: intellectual; human; spiritual; and pastoral.


2022-2023 Year - Spring Semester

The Spring Semester of Emmaus will be focused on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ “National Eucharistic Revival”. To learn more about the spring offerings, click on the links below:

Registration information will be available soon. For more information, please contact Todd Graff, Director of Lay Formation, at: Phone: (507) 858-1270 / Email:

During the spring semester, we will offer three opportunities to study and to enter into a deeper devotion to the Eucharist:

  • Book Study and Discussion sessions on two recent books by Catholic theologian, author, and teacher, Dr. Timothy P. O’Malley (“Real Presence” and “Becoming  Eucharistic People”)
  • Video-based Study and Discussion sessions on, “The Mass,” featuring our own Bishop Robert Barron (and produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries)
  • True Presence Night” – A one-night program of Eucharistic Adoration and Praise led by The Vigil Project.

Two weekend sessions will be held at the Alverna Center in Winona, and will take place from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. (Overnight accommodations are available at the Center.) There will also be three Saturday morning sessions during the semester (all planned to be in person). And, we will have a special Monday evening of Eucharistic praise and adoration during Lent.

The program and calendar for the spring is:

Real Presence: What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter? (Book Study & Discussion)[]
 - January 13-14, 2023 (Weekend Session [Alverna Center, Winona])

Becoming Eucharistic People: The Hope and Promise of Parish Life (Book Study & Discussion)[]
 - March 10-11, 2023 (Weekend Session [Alverna Center, Winona])

"The Mass ~ Encountering Heaven on Earth” (Video Study & Discussion)
 - February 11, 2023 (Saturday morning session [Saint Joseph Parish, Owatonna]): Session I
 - April 1, 2023 (Saturday morning session [Sacred Heart Parish, Owatonna]): Session II
 - April 29, 2023 (Saturday morning session [Sacred Heart Parish, Owatonna]): Session III

“True Presence Night” (Eucharistic Adoration and Praise) [This is a free event.][]
 - March 6, 2023 (Monday evening gathering [Parish Site TBD])

The fee to participate in the weekend sessions (at the Alverna Center) is:
• $65.00 per session (individual) / $125.00 per session (married couple)
• $50.00 per room, per session (on the Friday evenings).

The fee to participate in the Saturday morning sessions (at the parish sites) is:
• $50.00 for all sessions (individual) / $90.00 for all sessions (married couple).

Registration will be available soon!