2021 Triennial Business Meeting and Leadership Conference logo

August 6-8, 2021

University of St. Thomas • Saint Paul, MN

Join us for an enriching weekend focused on faith, finances and fellowship.

We’re bringing in world-class speakers with messages that will challenge and energize us to develop ourselves and our Catholic communities. Speakers include:  Dr. Michael Naughton, Odell Mitchel III, Patrick Conley and more.

Conference Speakers

Michael Ahles

Catholic United Financial

Protect and Connect: The Catholic United Impact

You’ll be impressed to learn just how big an impact the Association, Foundation and Credit Union make on our Catholic community. But what does the future hold? Come hear about our vision for Catholic United and the people and products that make it all possible.

Odell Mitchell III

Attorney, Kindness

Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations workshop gives people the skills to step into disagreement— rather than over or around it—and turn disagreement into dialogue for improved relationships and results.

Dr. Michael Naughton, Ph.D.

University of St. Thomas

Good Wealth: The logic of “Gift” in a culture of entitlement

The scriptures and the Church’s teachings are full of appeals of “good wealth”—how we create and acquire it, distribute it, and use and give it away.

Patrick Conley

Radio Host

Unwrapping the gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit brought with Him an abundance of specific gifts that have been given to us as unique individuals for living out our personal vocation in this life. Learn about how to discern the generous, gracious gifts that have been given to you!

Michael Laughery

Financial Consultant

Michael Laughery

Catholicism Post-COVID

Join us for discussion on ways your volunteer teams can lead the local parish on a path forward in a post-COVID world. Michael will use examples of leadership from the history of the Catholic faith to inform our response to current events and culture. Don’t miss this discussion as Michael will help attendees develop a framework for shaping the path forward for their teams 

The Most Rev. John M. LeVoir

Spiritual Director

The Very Rev John M LeVoir

The Most Rev. John M. LeVoir, Spiritual Director of Catholic United and retired Bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm, will preside over Mass on Friday and Saturday evenings in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.  


Friday, August 6

3 pm to 5 pm
Registration and Check In
for Overnight Guests
Koch Commons
3 pm to 5 pm
Reception and Socializing
Enjoy refreshments while browsing informational tables and socializing.
5 pm to 6 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel with The Most Rev. John LeVoir
6:15 pm to 8 pm

Dinner and Presentation:
"Protect and Connect - the Catholic United Impact"
Woulfe Hall
8 pm to 10 pm
Social Time
Enjoy a hosted bar, desserts, live music, and socializing

Saturday, August 7

7:30 am to 8 am
Peace Garden
7 am to 9:30 am
Check In and Breakfast
The View
9:30 am to Noon
Business Session
Woufle Hall
Noon to 1 pm
1 pm to 3 pm
Open Time
Open Time: Take part in a service project, tour the campus, browse the exhibits, socialize with friends
3 pm to 3:15 pm
Leadership Conference Kick-Off
Volunteer of the Year Award Presentation
3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Crucial Conversations Mini-Workshop with Odell Mitchell III
5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel
6:45 pm to 8 pm

Dinner and Keynote Speaker:
"Good Wealth: The Logic of Gift in a Culture of Entitlement" with Dr. Michael Naughton
Woufle Hall
8 pm to 10 pm
Social Time
Hosted bar, dessert, bowling, bingo, card games and socializing

Sunday, August 8

7:30 am to 8 am
Peace Garden
7 am to 9 am
The View
9 am to 9:15 am
Opening Remarks
Woufle Hall
9:15 am to 10:15 am

Unwrapping the Gifts of the Holy Spirit with Patrick Conley
10:30 am to 11:15 am
Breakout Sessions
11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Catholicism Post-COVID with Michael Laughery
Woulfe Hall
12:15 pm to 12:30
Closing Remarks and Prize Drawing
Woulfe Hall

Breakout Sessions

Join us on Sunday, August 8th for lively breakout sessions on practical issues involving group leadership, volunteering and more
Sunday Breakout Session: Casting Your Net Wide for Volunteers
Topic: Casting Your Net Wide: Capturing Multigenerational Volunteers
Join us to learn how you can (re)build your volunteer programs for long-term success with multiple generations post-COVID-19. We'll offer suggestions for ways to retain, recruit, recognize and inspire your volunteers. We'll also discuss how we can recruit more bright-eyed young people to complement your more seasoned volunteer base.
Sunday Breakout Session: Energized Event Publicity for Everyone
Topic: Energized Event Publicity for Everyone
Does your event publicity plan depend on the parish administrator's permission to make flyers on the church copy machine? Do you want no cost, low cost, super simple and out of the box publicity ideas for your next event? This breakout session will focus on a selection of publicity techniques and resources that you can use to promote your next parish event or fundraiser. Go beyond the bulletin with these ideas to hopefully put your publicity in front of more friendly faces.
Sunday Breakout Session: Medicare Made Easy
Topic: Medicare Made Easy
Frustrated or confused with Medicare enrollment, or shopping for Medicare Supplement insurance? You are not alone. The complexity and information overload can seem overwhelming. Attend our workshop and listen as our Medicare Supplement Specialists guide you through an easy-to-follow summary of Medicare and Medicare Supplement Insurance.

Bus Transport

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Bus rides are available to attendees on the routes and at the departure times indicated below. To RSVP for a bus seat, email engage@catholicunited.org, or call 1-800-568-6670.

South Route – Friday Departures:

Stop 1: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, MN
12:25 pm
Stop 2: Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm, MN
12:55 pm
Stop 3: Our Lady of the Prairie Parish, Belle Plaine, MN
2:00 pm

North Route – Friday Departures:

Stop 1: Church of St. Mary, Melrose, MN
12:50 pm
Stop 2: St. Louis Catholic Church, Paynesville, MN
1:30 pm
Stop 3: St. Mary Help of Christians, St. Augusta, MN
2:30 pm

South Route – Sunday Arrivals:

Stop 1: Our Lady of the Prairie Parish, Belle Plaine, MN
2:30 pm
Stop 2: Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New Ulm, MN
3:35 pm
Stop 3: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, MN
4:05 pm

North Route – Sunday Arrivals:

Stop 1: St. Mary Help of Christians, St. Augusta, MN
2:35 pm
Stop 2: St. Louis Catholic Church, Paynesville, MN
3:35 pm
Stop 3: Church of St. Mary, Melrose, MN
4:15 pm

Directions and Parking

Driving directions and parking instructions are available in the Conference Handbook preview on page 2. They are also available below. The directions below will get you to the corner of Selby Ave and Cretin Ave S. in Saint Paul.

From the West

Follow East I-94 through Minneapolis to the Cretin/Vandalia exit. Go right (south) on Cretin. It is about 3/4 mile to Selby Avenue.

From the East

Take West I-94 through St. Paul (staying to the right on the interchanges) to the Cretin/Vandalia exit. Go left (south) on Cretin Avenue about 3/4 mile to Selby Avenue.

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From the North

When I-35 splits into 35E and 35W, follow 35E. Take 35E to Exit I-94 going west. Take I-94 west to the Cretin/Vandalia exit. Go left (south) on Cretin Avenue about 3/4 mile to Selby Avenue.

From the South

When I-35 splits into 35E and 35W, follow 35E. Take 35E north to the Randolph exit. Make a left on Randolph (crossing over 35E) and follow Randolph for approximately 2 miles to Cretin Avenue. Make a right on Cretin Avenue and go approximately 2 miles to Selby Avenue.

Conference Parking

Overnight Attendees: Delegates and Attendees using overnight accommodations in Morrison Hall can park in the ramp under the Hall.

All Other Attendees: All other Delegates and Attendees can park in the Anderson Student Center (ASC) Ramp on the corner of Grand Ave and Cretin Ave.

Business Partners

Catholic United members are invited to contact us about potential advertising opportunities to conference attendees and other audiences at little or no cost. If you own and operate a business, store, or service, please click on the link below to be alerted to possible partnership opportunities.

Click here to sign up


Do I need to be a member of Catholic United Financial to attend the conference?

No, membership is not required. We will welcome our delegates representing local Volunteer Teams and Councils, members, and non-members for this fun and enriching weekend! 

How old do I need to be to be a Delegate?

Delegates must be at least 16 years old to represent their Volunteer Team or Council.

Is there a cost to attend?

No, this event is free for all.

Where do I park?

If you are an overnight guest, free parking is available in the ramp under Morrison Hall for the entirety of the event. For those not staying overnight, free parking will be available in the Anderson Parking Facility. Maps will be sent to all registered attendees as the event approaches.

What are the overnight accommodations?

On-campus accommodations will be provided to anyone who registers for them Friday and Saturday nights in Morrison Hall on the university campus. These are apartment-style dorms, with three to four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a shared kitchenette/living room area in each suite. Bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments have air conditioning.

If I’m staying overnight, can I choose my roommates?

You can request specific roommates on your registration form. We will do our best to accommodate all requests. If you have questions, please call 1-800-568-6670.

Member Owned, Member Operated

As a member-owned, not for profit company, Catholic United Financial is governed by you, the member, through our Giving Network of local Parish Volunteer Teams and Councils across the Upper Midwest. Every three years, elected delegates from those bodies gather at our Triennial Conference to conduct company business, vote on policies set in our constitution, and elect candidates for leadership positions on our Board of Directors.

Member involvement is key in helping Catholic United Financial live out our mission and vision, as is the involvement of our many volunteers and Catholic leaders who connect with us to perform joyful service for those who live in and around our Catholic communities. To encourage equip all of us in that mission, we have added a leadership symposium. It’s going to be a ministry-expanding and encouraging event for all involved.



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2018 Convention Documents

August 4th, 2018
University of St. Thomas – St. Paul, Minnesota

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