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Catholic Watchmen Gathering

On January 21, Deacon Dan Gannon from the Archdiocesan Clergy Formation Office will be presenting on ‘True Leadership: Holiness in Our Daily Lives as Disciples of Christ’. In today’s society, it is easy to not hear our call to holiness as men. As Catholic men, we are challenged to not only hear this call for holiness for ourselves, but for our families and communities, as well. In Deacon Gannon’s talk, you will learn how the call to holiness relates to your true call to leadership, how to discern the will of God in our daily lives, and how to lead our families and communities to Jesus Christ. Self- abandonment to divine providence becomes the framework for expounding on the nature of true holiness. This consists in recognizing and doing the will of God in the present moment, in all our daily and ordinary activities and doing these activities with great love. 

This is the will of God, your holiness (1 Thess. 4:3)

 Deacon Dan Gannon serves full-time in his ministry as director of the Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation at The Saint Paul Seminary (SPS). He is ordained for the diocese of La Crosse and lives in Prescott, WI (Packer territory!) with his wife Lisa and four children. He holds a law degree from William Mitchell and a Master’s degree in Sacred Theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. Deacon is an adjunct instructor at SPS and is an instructor with the SPS Flynn Catechetical Institute, as well as in deacon formation programs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis and the diocese of La Crosse and also directs retreats on Carmelite spirituality. Deacon was director of New Product Development at Thomson Reuters Legal for sixteen years, and President and CEO of Catholic Senior Services for eight years. He serves as a biomedical ethicist for his home diocese of La Crosse and is a contributor to the National Catholic Bioethics Center and Minnesota Catholic Conference. Deacon is a member of the Archdiocesan ethics committee and serves on the Wisconsin Catholic Medical Association board of physicians as an ethicist and spiritual director. He presents on end of life issues and leads retreats at diocesan and parish levels.