John Paul II Center - Milwaukee

Missionary Discipleship Institute

Missionary Discipleship Institute Workshop

What is the Missionary Discipleship Institute?

The Missionary Discipleship Institute is a life-changing opportunity for growing Catholic disciples who seek deeper formation to be equipped for a life of mission.


The Institute consists of impact sessions and impact experiences that are essential to living the the life of a missionary disciple. Upon completion of the prerequisite session, participants complete impact sessions and impact experiences at their convenience. Register Now



Each impact session equips disciples with the knowledge and skills essential for reaching, calling, forming, and sending other disciples on mission. Registration fee for each Impact Session is $15, which covers food and materials. No one will be denied due to financial circumstances. Download This Year's Schedule


  • The Mission of the Church: Introduction to the Institute of Missionary Discipleship

(Prerequisite for all other sessions)

Mission statements are very popular in the business world today. Have you ever thought, “What is the ‘core’ mission statement of the Church”? This impact session will provide you with the overarching view of the missionary call Christ has given the Church, as well as some practical tools and resources to help you to be on mission.


  • Knowing the Mission Field: Being on Mission in a 21st Century Context

Our world is full of "-isms" that greatly affect our thoughts on who God is and who we are as his sons and daughters. This impact session will focus on knowing the prevailing cultural milieu and how to respond in an evangelizing way.


  • School of Prayer: The Disposition of a Missionary Disciple

Prayer is at the heart of missionary discipleship. This impact session will aid you in learning how to pray in light of the tradition of the Church, explore the dispositions of a prayerful heart, and give you opportunities to encounter Christ through prayer in a powerful way.


  • Conversion Conversations: Walking with Others

Every disciple has been mentored in some capacity by another disciple. The missionary disciple is able to discern where someone is on their journey of faith and lead them closer to Christ. This impact session will give you the practical tools for walking with someone through conversations that lead to conversion and the fullness of Catholic life.


  • Sharing the Great Story: Practical Ways to Tell the Good News

The great story of God’s plan for His people has been told through the centuries and we, as missionary disciples, need to be able to tell it simply and convincingly to others. This impact session will equip you for sharing the Kerygma (the great story of Christ), and help you tell how the great story of Christ’s love has come alive in your life.


  • The Social Dimension of the Gospel: The Lay Vocation to Transform the World

Pope Francis reminds us: “To evangelize is to make the kingdom of God present in our world” (Evangelii Gaudium, #176). This impact session will explore our missionary calling to engage in social issues through the wisdom and practice of Catholic Social Teaching.  


  • Scripture for Mission: Understanding the Big Picture of Scripture

Our God is a missionary God! He has been on mission to seek and
save us from the beginning of time. This session will explore the
Scriptures in light of God’s missionary outreach to us and to the world.


  • School of Prayer: Discernment of Spirits  

Discernment of Spirits is the prayerful practice of listening to our
Interior movements to follow God’s will for our lives. This session will
help participants understand and use discernment in their daily prayer.



Offered less frequently than Impact Sessions, the Impact Experiences provide a unique retreat-like experience over a number of days to take the participant deeper into the life of missionary discipleship.


  • Called and Gifted Workshop

The Catherine of Siena Institute offers this Saturday daylong workshop to help disciples understand and discern their God-given gifts or “charisms.” When we allow the Holy Spirit to work through our charisms, we discover a sense of joy and peace as we live according to our divine purpose. This workshop involves learning about 26 of the most common charisms, completing the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory to identify which charisms you may have, and scheduling a personal gifts interview to explore how to begin experimenting with your charisms. Registration fee for Called and Gifted is $40, which covers materials and meals. No one will be denied due to financial circumstances. MORE INFO AND REGISTER HERE


  • Healing the Whole Person

Jesus sent his disciples to heal people in his Name. This seminar, offered by the John Paul II Healing Center, provides the opportunity to learn about and experience the healing power of God. Teachings are augmented by private activities for personal application and healing, including journaling, optional in-depth prayer ministry, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, daily adoration, and daily Eucharist. MORE INFO AND REGISTER HERE


What is the Timing for Impact Session Saturdays?

8:30 Continental Breakfast and Fellowship

9:00 - 12:00 Morning Impact Session

12:00 Lunch and Processing with Parish Group 

(lunch is included in your registration, please let us know if you will not be staying for lunch)


No one will be denied due to financial circumstances. Please let us know if you need financial assistance to participate.


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St. John Paul II Office for the New Evangelization

3501 South Lake Dr.
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912


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