“Embraced by Beauty” is a half-day conference suited for the busy college student or young adult.  The title, “Embraced by Beauty,” was created in a conversation with a focus group of students who have a deep desire to learn to see the Beauty that is Christ, revealed to us in the ordinary and extraordinary experiences of life. Based in the reality that we often fail to see the blessings and the beauty present to us in our fast-paced world and that we often miss the chance to see Christ present in the ordinary or extraordinary experiences of life, this conference is an opportunity to see with a more enlightened lens and to truly open ourselves to be embraced by the beauty that surrounds us.

Our experience will begin with a Keynote from Julianne Stanz, the director of evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay and nationally renown author and speaker, and flow into three major breakout sessions focused on seeing and embracing the beauty in the following sessions:

  • Relationships – Friendship, Romance and Family
  • Art, Film & Music – Finding the Sacred in the Profane
  • The Church and Its Life of Prayer – Encountering Christ in Word, Sacrament, the Saints and Prayer

Breakout sessions will be followed by a round-table discussion on these three major themes and tie them all together – just incase you wanted to go to the other two sessions and you had to pick one.

The afternoon will conclude with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Ricken in the College Chapel and an optional social at Luigi’s.


How much does this shindig cost? This is a question you might be asking yourself.  Well, we are asking folks to make a “freewill offering” at the event because we understand that poor college students and young adults who are just trying to get on their feet might not have extra funds to contribute to the event; however, we also understand that some folks might have some change to contribute to help keep the costs at a minimum.



julianne.jpgJulianne Stanz
Director of New Evangelization
Diocese of Green Bay

Julianne is a mother of three and a loving and caring wife. She has served in various areas of ministry and teaching and currently serves as Director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay. Julianne has served as a consultant to the United States Council of Catholic Bishops for Catechesis and Evangelization and has published two books and countless articles.

As a mother, author and full-time employee of the Diocese, she somehow finds the time and energy to speak at both local and national conferences, speaking most recently at the National Catholic Convocation of Leaders in Florida. Julianne weaves together her Irish heritage and spirituality, and theological formation in a meaningful way that engages audiences and participants so they can see and understand the presence of Christ in their lives.

Embraced by Beauty – The Church and Its Life of Prayer

fatherjim.gifFr. Jim Baraniak, O.Praem.
Prior of St. Norbert Abbey
Green Bay Packers Chaplain,
Prison Chaplain and Vocation Director

Fr. Jim Baraniak, O.Praem. is a Norbertine of St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wisconsin. In his role as Prior of St. Norbert Abbey, Father Jim keeps plenty busy providing spiritual nourishment and a ministry of presence for the Green Bay Packers and members of the Green Bay Correctional Institution. He also helps direct the focus and attention of the canons, and mentors men actively discerning a call to Norbertine life. Father Jim is a charismatic and approachable priest who is deeply in love with Christ and His Church.

Embraced by Beauty – Relationships

jane.jpgJane Angha
Young Adult Ministry Coordinator
Diocese of Green Bay

Jane Angha has been working in youth and young adult ministry for quite sometime and has spoken at the state and national level. She is passionate about her faith and longs to engage you in a conversation about how the Church provides us all the opportunity to dive deeper into the mystery of Christ’s love. Perhaps the best bio we could provide is one she has provided for herself on the Diocesean website. She states the following:

"I believe that conversion is an ongoing thing — I read, I pray, I celebrate sacraments, I serve, I make mistakes, I reconcile and that makes me more loving and able to be the Good News for others. I try to live my life so others might see a glimpse of the one who made them too."

Embraced by Beauty – Art, Film & Music

sarah.jpgSarah Bradford
Communications Coordinator
Diocese of Green Bay

Sarah is passionate about connecting young adults with one another and doing whatever she can to help make the love and friendship of Jesus Christ alive and well in Titletown. She

has worked in the communication and design field since 2013, always attempting to incorporate the true, the good and the beautiful into her work. Continuously inspired by Pope John Paul II's “Letter to Artists,” Sarah has been drawn toward beauty through art, music and nature her whole life. In the words of author C.S. Lewis,

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from … ”

Main Celebrant: Most Reverend David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay

reverend-david.jpgBishop David Ricken, DD, JCL
Diocese of Green Bay

Bishop David Ricken was born in Dodge City, Kansas. He was ordained as a priest in 1980 and continued his academic persuits earning a Licentiate degree (J.C.L.) in Canon Law degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1989. In January of 2000, Bishop Ricken was ordained a Bishop in the Diocese of Cheyenne by Pope St. John Paul II and then was later appointed the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay in 2008.

Bishop Ricken has served on many committees and boards of directors, and has most recently served as the chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. He is deeply passionate about forming missionary disciples through the lense of the new evangelization and has rolled out a strategic plan in the Diocese to help folks: Discover Jesus, Follow Jesus, Worship Jesus and Share Jesus.



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12:30-1:00 p.m.       Registration/Coffee

1:00-1:15 p.m.         Welcome & Opening Prayer

1:15-2:00 p.m.         Keynote

2:15-3:00 p.m.         Break-outs

3:15-4:00 p.m.         Roundtable – Bringing it all together

4:15-5:15 p.m.         Mass  with Bishop Ricken  –  College Chapel, Main Building

5:30 p.m.                   Optional Social  –  Luigi’s

All of the Conference takes place in the Generose Enrichment Center except Mass, that will be in the college chapel in the main building. Below is a map of the campus. Parking is provided outside Generose Enrichment Center and by Clare Hall.

The Address for Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is 2406 S. Alverno Road, Manitowoc, WI 54220.





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