SPO – Snapshots from the past 25 years

| August 3, 2011 | 0 Comments


The first St. Paul’s Outreach summer households are established with 25 men at the Catholic Youth Center and 25 women in two other houses.


Construction on I-35E forces the St. Paul Catholic Youth Center to close and the office of St. Paul’s Outreach to move to Brady High School in West St. Paul.


Several vocations were nurtured during the early years. Among them are:
SPO staff member Lori Lavern became Carmelite Sister Gloria Therese.
Father Kevin Finnegan was ordained in 1996.
Father Andrew Cozzens was ordained in 1997.
Father Peter Richards was ordained in 1998.
Father Thomas Margevicius was ordained in 1999.


Eight summer households, each with six to 12 members, draw participants from across the United States and Canada, who pay $200 per month rent.

Fifty people attend the annual end-of-the-year pig roast.


SPO moves to new offices at 110 Crusader Ave. in West St. Paul.


SPO launches the Summer Internship Program, now called the School of the New Evangelization.


Father Francis Fried, then pastor at St. Dominic in Northfield, commissions SPO to be responsible for the parish ministry efforts to students at St. Olaf and Carleton colleges, also in Northfield.


Gordy DeMarais and SPO are named Catholic of the Year by the Catholic Defense League.


SPO grows from 20 participants in 2004 to 150 in 2008, with houses on 30 university campuses in 11 states and two countries.


The SPO-Ohio chapter hosts its first benefit banquet for nearly 200 guests.


SPO begins working with students and potential staff members in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kansas and Arizona.


SPO begins a collaboration with the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul to offer its missionaries an opportunity to earn a master of arts degree in pastoral ministry or religious education while serving SPO.


SPO celebrates 25 years of evangelizing students on college campuses through personal invitation.

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