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Lasallian Catholic formation and educational opportunities, summer 2021

April 27, 2021

Cardinal Update News Newsletters

Greetings colleagues,

While many of the Lasallian Catholic Mission Formation Programs have been postponed due to COVID-19, two such programs will be offered virtually this summer:

The Lasallian Social Justice Institute

You can find information on this year’s program at

The following current Saint Mary’s folks have participated in this program: Erin Mae Clark, Rachel McGee, Paul Christensen, Larry Price, Karen Sorvaag, Joseph Tadie, and Mary Louise Wise. I am sure these colleagues would be happy to have a conversation about their experience with the LSJI.

We can sponsor 2-4 participants for this program this summer.

Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and the Intellectual Life

You can read more about it at There, you will find a brief description and overview of the program, as well as other specifics under the tab “2021 Colloquy.”

In the past few years, Saint Mary’s participants included Matt Nowakowski, Mark Barber, Jimmy Bickerstaff, Pat Calton, Derek Jackson, Tycho DeBoer, and Joseph Tadie. I am sure they would be happy to chat with you about their experience of the Colloquy.

We can have two participants for this program this year; ideally, someone from the Winona Campus and a person from Twin Cities or Rochester campuses.

I invite all full-time staff and faculty to consider applying to participate in one of these programs.

I want to make the application process as simple as possible by using this form. Please fill it out and return to me via email at Consideration for participation in these programs will include such things as years of service at Saint Mary’s, contributions to and anticipated “takeaways” from the program, representation across the university and its various units, and so on.

Please return your application to me no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

Feel free to email me at for further information, clarification, or amplification of any of the above.

All the best.

Brother Robert Smith, FSC, Ph.D.
Senior vice president for university initiatives and special advisor to the president