Two ministries merging to form Arise Milwaukee

NOW: Two ministries merging to form Arise Milwaukee

Arise Ministries and WYRE Ministries are forming a new partnership called Arise Milwaukee.

“This is an absolutely wonderful opportunity for us to provide a broader scope of faith opportunities for people within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, young and old, married and single, those who are passionate about their faith as well as those searching for the Truth,” said Talia Westerby, Interim Executive Director of Arise Milwaukee. “Moving forward as Arise Milwaukee, we continue pursuit of our unified mission - inviting people to fall more deeply in love with Christ through the Catholic Church.”

Upon realizing they shared this single mission, the two communities developed a close relationship over the past year, which included multiple discussions, prayer, thoughtful and thorough planning, and discernment by key stakeholders of both former ministries.

Moving forward as Arise Milwaukee, all regular ministries will continue including Arise Saturday Nights, Cor Jesu (in partnership with the Vocations Office, St. Robert Parish, and Brew City Catholic), the Encounter Milwaukee young adult conference (in partnership with Franciscan University of Steubenville), the Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rallies for high school and middle school teens, and the Summit retreat for youth leaders. Anticipated new efforts of Arise Milwaukee include ongoing support of youth ministers better equipping them to serve their parishes, hosting Confirmation retreats on behalf of the Archdiocese, and the organization and administration of Archdiocesan trips to Steubenville conferences.

“I have been very moved to see the great impact these ministries have had in helping high school and middle school students and young adults experience the love of God,” said Father Enrique Hernandez, the newly appointed Spiritual Director for Arise Milwaukee. “I am very excited! I cannot wait to see what the Lord will do through this new ministry in our Archdiocese.”

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