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2024 Triennial Conference Logo

Save the Date  •  Sept. 13-14, 2024
Bloomington, MN

 

Location

Doubletree Bloomington Minneapolis South Hotel

The Doubletree Bloomington Minneapolis South Hotel

7800 Normandale Blvd in Bloomington

Schedule

Friday, September 13

Check In and Exhibits
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Lobby Conference Room
Reception
5:30 p.m.
Ballroom Foyer W. Enjoy food, refreshments and explore the exhibits.
Dinner
6 p.m.
Ballroom W. Dinner is served. Speakers will be Michael Ahles and Jeromy Darling
"Something So Big"
7 p.m.
Ballroom W. World premiere of this cabaret-style performance. Click here for a summary.

Saturday, September 14

Breakfast
7 a.m.
Grand Ballroom West
Registration
7 a.m.
Grand Ballroom Foyer
Rosary
7:30 a.m.
Ballroom C
Conference Keynote
8 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C/E. Keynote speaker is Jeromy Darling, artist, writer and composer. Click or tap here to read about him.
Break
9:15 a.m.
Business Session
9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom C/E
Lunch
12:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom West
Breakout Sessions
1:30 p.m.
Grand Ballrooms East A and B
Mass
2:30 p.m.
Ballroom C
Closing Reception
3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom C/E. Refreshments available for attendees to take with them on the journey home

Speakers

Michael Ahles

President
Catholic United Financial

Protect. Connect. Impact.

Coming soon.

Jeromy Darling

Artist, Writer, Advocate

Jeromy Darling, 2024 Triennial Conference keynote speaker

Seeing with the Eyes of Faith

Darling is known within the Minnesota Catholic community and beyond for his talents as an actor, writer and composer. As a key figure at Open Window Theatre in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Jeromy has captivated audiences with his compelling performances. Additionally, Darling is the Director of Mentorship for The Redemption Project, a nonprofit organization based in Bloomington that helps mentor inmates and prepare them for employment after their release from incarceration.

“My lecture will talk about the power of stories, referencing the unique individual story of our own personal lives, the drama of Salvation that we’re all a part of, and the unique ability for stories to convert a heart. Stories are transcendent – they take us out of world, and often our comfort zone, and activate the imagination, which is a crucial part of the Christian life. To see with the eyes of faith requires enormous imagination. The evil one knows this and is working overtime in these modern times, to hijack our imagination for lesser things.”

Performance

2024 Triennial Performance Title Graphic "Something So Big"

Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
World-premiere Performance

Conference attendees and guests are invited to attend the world-premiere of “Something So Big“, a cabaret-style performance written and performed by local artist Jeromy Darling,  and commissioned by Catholic United Financial.

Something So Big” blends elements of cabaret with an original story centered on faith and grief. Set in the future, the story follows a wealthy man in London seeking to erase the memories of his deceased daughter through the help of science. But nature and faith intervene to take this grieving father through a short lifetime of his child as experienced through her favorite memories. Through this journey, themes of faith and grief intertwine.

The 75-minute performance blends a compelling narrative story with original live music, hymns, humor, Catholic poetry, and Eucharistic theology to explore the profound question, “How could something so big be found in something so small?”

Registration

FAQs

Who can serve as a Delegate?

Any Benefit or Associate Member aged 16 or above, elected by their local Council or Parish Volunteer Team.

What is the commitment for Delegates?

Delegates are required to attend the business meeting at the Triennial Conference on Sept. 14, 2024, and participate in virtual voting during the non-conference years of 2025 and 2026.

What are the benefits of being a Delegate?

Delegates will receive complimentary hotel accommodation and meals at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, free entry to Friday’s entertainment, as well as a $75 stipend and mileage reimbursement.

How do I sign up as a Delegate?

To sign up as a Delegate, please contact your local volunteer team leaders or reach out to engage@catholicunited.org.