Start with Jesus.

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It is not too late to register!

As of September 23, 2021, Catholic Educators’ Conference will be an all virtual event. See the schedule below. Please note that Friday, October 1 will include three livestreamed sessions and live collaboration breakout rooms. Even though we will not be together in-person, we want to be able to support you in your ministry. Please join us for the live sessions Friday, and then you may take advantage of pre-recorded workshops through Dec. 31, 2021.


Virtual Keynote with Julianne Stanz!

Start with Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church

Ask yourself: does every activity in my school and parish point more deeply to Jesus? Julianne Stanz wants to make sure the answer to this question is a resounding, “Yes!” Listen in as Julianne helps us see how people can be transformed from the inside out by growing in relationship with Jesus Christ.  Start with Jesus is an essential resource for decision-makers and thought-leaders in parishes and schools, but its true strength lies in its value for the countless Catholics longing for peace, healing, and hope.

Keynote One is at 9:30 a.m. MDT October 1

Keynote two is at 2:00 p.m. MDT October 1


Julianne was born in Ireland and raised in the Wicklow mountains–she possesses a unique cultural perspective and passion for ministry.  Her life in Ireland and interest in the early Irish monastic church results in a commitment to creating a culture of intentional discipleship in parishes, communities and within the family.  Julianne is currently serving as the Director of Parish Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay and is the author of “Start with Jesus:  How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church.  Her keynote addresses will be presented to all participants through live streams.

Virtual Talk with Joe Melendrez!

Chosen: God chose you! How to discover and respond to His call in your life.

Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you.” (John 15:16) If we have been chosen by God, what does this mean for our lives? How can we better respond to God’s Call? What are we chosen to do? As a teen, Joe Melendrez was featured on MTV and had hopes to be a mainstream musician. However, after encountering Christ on a parish youth retreat, Joe realized he was called to share the Gospel in relevant and radical ways.

Joe’s talk is at 10:45 a.m. MDT Friday October 1

Joe Melendrez has forged a unique path to becoming one of America’s most exciting Catholic performers. It was at a Teen A.C.T.S. Retreat, Joe encountered the awesome love of God. It was then that he decided to dedicate his life to sharing the Good News. Joe holds a BA in Religious studies and for the past 10 years has served as a Religion Teacher and Youth Minister. Joe shares his spiritual gifts of evangelization and music at major youth rallies, conferences, and national events.

Saturday, October 2nd

Saturday Virtual Workshops Open Up

Schedule for the Event (updated Sept. 23, 2021)

Friday, October 1, 2021

8:45 a.m.                             “Doors open” for prayer and keynote

9:00 a.m.                             Opening Prayer and message with Bishop Peter

9:30 a.m.                             Julianne Stanz Keynote #1 “Start with Jesus”

10:45 a.m.                            Joe Melendrez “Chosen: God Chose You! How to Discover and Respond to   His call in Life”

12:00 p.m.                           Lunch on your own.  Take a screen break!  Go for a walk, Stretch and drink some water!

1:45 p.m.                         “Doors open”for Keynote 2 with Julianne

2:00 p.m.                        Julianne Stanz Keynote #2 “Start with Jesus”

3:15-4 p.m.                      Collaboration Breakout Groups with Sal, Jackie, and Sarah


Saturday, October 2, 2021

12 a.m.                                  Virtual Workshops open–they will be available through Dec. 31, 2021

**New content will be added after the event.