Return is a 7 session program aimed at equipping participants with tools, techniques and the confidence to draw their loved one back to the Catholic Church. The program cost of $50 covers a binder, session handouts, two books, live speakers, and simple snacks. The program dates are: Thursdays, October 4, 11,18, 25, November 8, 15, and December 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Each night features a guest speaker. These speakers come from different backgrounds and experiences, but all of them are passionate about helping the participants understand their role in evangelizing their loved ones. See below for brief bios and pictures.
"Before Return, I thought it was my story to tell. Now I understand that it is my loved one’s story to share and it is my job first and foremost to listen.”— RETURN Fall 2017 participant
Molly is the creator of the Return Program. She has been in ministry for over 15 years. She is currently the Director of Parish Life and Evangelization at St. Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park, MN. She holds a BA in Theology from the College of St. Benedict and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from St. John's University. She has a passion for sharing the Gospel and helping to equip people to share the joy of their own faith in Jesus Christ. She lives in Maple Grove with her husband and her two beautiful children.
Chris has a passion for helping people grow as disciples and encounter Jesus Christ. His degrees in theology and pastoral ministry and his 15 years of professional ministry aid him in helping others in their discipleship walk. Chris enjoys cooking, baseball, bonfires in the backyard, and family trips. Chris also is southern Maple Grove’s preeminent scholar on the subterranean ecosystems of Tennessee’s Mammoth Cave. Chris works at Holy Name of Jesus in Wayzata, MN. He delights in his wife Liz, two daughters Ella and Sophia and son Leopold.
Ryan O’Hara serves as the Director of Mission Resources for Saint Paul’s Outreach, a national Catholic organization that ministers to college students on campus. He is passionate about seeing Catholics come alive in Christ, grow to spiritual maturity and become apostles to the people in their life. Ryan has a B.A. in History from William Jewell College and an M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Jill live in West St. Paul, MN and are parents to four boys.
Pat Millea is blessed with a vocation of ministry to youth and families. He is a dynamic speaker, a gifted musician and a faith-filled youth ministry leader. Pat holds a BA in Sociology and Theology and a MA in Theology with a concentration in Catechesis both from the University of Notre Dame. Pat is currently blessed to serve the youth of Prior Lake as Director of High School Faith Formation & Confirmation at the Church of St. Michael. Pat currently prays and plays with his bride, Kenna, and their four wonderful children in West St. Paul, MN.