Immersion 2019

Immersion 2019

Evangelization Training Intensive

June 5-9, 2019 | Detroit, Michigan


All of us are called to mature in our work as evangelizers.
All of us are called to offer others an explicit witness
to the saving love of the Lord.
Pope Francis

Immersion 2019 is a summer evangelization intensive where evangelists from all over the country gather for prayer, worship, and street evangelization. Our summer intensive is unlike anything you’ve experienced in the Catholic Church before. This is not a normal conference, it is a dynamic hands on experience (15+ hours of street evangelization). It was designed from the ground up to help train, equip, and mobilize Catholics as disciple-makers who proclaim Jesus Christ in the world.

Immersion 2019 includes prayer, different kinds of direct evangelization, worship, dynamic talks, breakouts, and fellowship. We will gather together as a community for Mass each day to be spiritually equipped for the encounters the Lord has for each of us. We will have a chance to learn from the other active evangelists as we share best practices and the stories of our daily encounters. Everyone will have the opportunity to receive ministry and to minister to others.


Doubletree Hilton
525 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

Hotel Room Block Rate

3 Areas of Formation

The Evangelist Track

This track is for any Catholic who wants to learn how to become an effective, fruitful evangelist. Participants will attend all of the main sessions and worship times, all evangelist track breakout sessions, join a small group ministry team, and go out and evangelize with your team. You will have the opportunity to practice different types of ministry during your evangelization outings.

This track is led by Mark Hornbacher (VP, Programs & Operations).

Cost: $129 per person

($49 Formation Day Only; Wednesday June 5)

The Team Leader Track

This track is for all of our evangelization team leaders who want to learn how to launch, build, and run a successful evangelization team. Team leaders attend all of the main conference talks, team leader breakout sessions, and lead a street ministry team during the event.

This track is led by Brian Lee (National Director, St. Paul Street Evangelization) and Beth Schuele (Associate Director, St. Paul Street Evangelization).

Cost: $79 for verified St. Paul Street Evangelization Team Leaders

The Regional Missionary Track

This track is for team leaders, team members, or other Catholics who want to learn how to become a leader in the New Evangelization. Regional Missionaries are active volunteers who represent the St. Paul Evangelization Institute. Regional Missionaries serve in different ways including as public speakers, liaisons between teams and local dioceses, they help plant and launch evangelization teams, they assist local teams, work on projects with the national office, and much more.

Those who complete the application process and are accepted into the program attend all main sessions of the conference, join the regional missionary break out sessions, lead a street ministry team during the conference, and work closely with our current regional missionaries.

This track is led by Adam Janke (Chief Operating Officer) and Dr. Deb McManimon (Local Director of Teams, Midwest Region).

Cost: $39 for accepted applicants. Limited to 25 particpants.


Arrival Day (Optional Activities)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

We understand that some people may be traveling today. All sessions are optional.

Pre-Conference optional activity for those who arrive on Tuesday


  • In conference area starting at 3pm

Evening Evangelization Session

  • Street Evangelization with Steve Dawson, Founder of St. Paul Street Evangelizati

Day 1 – Formation Day

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

A day of dynamic presentations on evangelization followed by an evening of prayer and ministry to prepare us for street evangelization.

Morning Mass and Worship


  • Light Breakfast Available

Morning Formation Session

  • Why Are We Here? with Steve Dawson
  • Relationship, Identity, & Mission with Joe Philip

Afternoon Formation Session

  • Full Proclamation: Good News, Bad News with Mark Hornbacher
  • Evangelization in the Holy Spirit with Patrick Brennan
  • Healing in Evangelization with Brian Lee

Evening Praise Sessions

  • Eucharistic Adoration, Preaching, Prayer Ministry, and Worship (Music with Noelle Garcia)

Day 2 – Ministry Day 1

Thursday, June 6, 2019

A day of evangelization, fellowship and formation wrapped in prayer

Morning Mass and Worship

Morning Prep and Evangelization Outing

·       Street Evangelization near Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers game

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

·       Evangelist Track – Evangelization Skills: Sharing the Kerygma, Christian Testimony, Praying with Others

·       Team Leader Track – Team Leader Welcome, Identity & Mission of SPSE Team Leader

·       Regional Missionary Track – RM Basics I – The Person and Role of the RM; Healing in Evangelization – The Method I

Evening Evangelization Outing

·       Direct Street Evangelization

Night Prayer and Fellowship

Day 3 – Ministry Day 2

Friday, June 7, 2019

Morning Mass and Worship

Morning Breakout Sessions

·       Evangelist Track – Evangelization Skills: The Art of Christian Listening, Continuing the Conversation, Apologetics to remove roadblocks

·       Team Leader Track – Team Leader skills: Building a team, overcoming common roadblocks, and working with SPSE

·       Regional Missionary Track – Healing and Evangelization Training

Afternoon Evangelization Outing

·       Direct Street Evangelization

Evening Evangelization Outing

·       Direct Street Evangelization

Night Prayer and fellowship

Day 4 – Ministry Day 3

Saturday, June 8, 2019

A day of evangelization, fellowship and formation with final Evangelization and Invitation event

Morning Prayer

Morning Evangelization Outing

·       Direct Street Evangelization at Eastern Market and Detroit

Afternoon breakout Sessions

·       Evangelist Track – Evangelization Skills: meeting Christ in the poor, Spiritual warfare, Evangelizing the “nones”

·       Team Leader Track – Team Leader Skills: Successful outings, Leadership, Evangelization skills

·       Regional Missionary Track – Spiritual Gifts of Evangelization,  Planting teams and Kick off events, Leadership and Evangelization

Pentecost Vigil Mass

Evening Evangelization Outing

·       Bring in the Night – Evangelization and Invitation Event at local parish.  Invite those on the street to come into church for adoration, prayer, confession, prayer ministry

Night Prayer and Fellowship

Day 5 – Celebration Day

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Final morning of fellowship and celebration

Morning Breakout Sessions – wrap-up

  • Evangelist Track – Evangelization Testimony Wrap-up
  • Team Leader Track – Building a SPSE Team Leader Network
  • Regional Missionary Track – Leadership and Evangelization, Spiritual Multiplication and Virtuous Leaders

Praise and Worship

Celebration Breakfast

Registration is Open and Limited!

Whether you are just starting out or you are an experienced priest, layperson, or religious we hope you will join us. You will learn how to effectively and fruitfully share your faith in the Lord Jesus through practical hands-on work at our institute. Our goal is to prepare you to go back to your own community with the tools you need to effectively evangelize and disciple those that God calls us to reach.


What does the cost include?

The cost includes the entire conference, all materials, transportation to and from some evangelization sites, and some meals. You are responsible for your transportation to the conference, most meals, and housing. We have booked a block of rooms at the DoubleTree at a lower rate but you are welcome to make your own arrangements. You will have the opportunity to room with other attendees if you wish to stay at the hotel and share the cost with someone. 

Can children attend?

You are welcome to bring infants with you, however given the intensity of the week and the schedule you may want to consider arranging child care for them. We are unable to provide child care.

What are ways to make the trip less expensive?

By keeping the registration fee as low as possible for the week ($25 a day), we want to allow participants to make their own decisions regarding transportation and housing. You may be able to save money through discount hotel websites, airbnb, staying with someone you know in the area, and packing food. We will share the names and contact information of those who want to room together with others attending the conference after you register for the event.


Duc in Altum!

(Luke 5:1-11)