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Parish Mission Information 2013

Deacon Mark A. Cesnik, OP,

Traveling Teacher, Catherine of Siena Institute
Permanent Deacon, Diocese of Tucson

What to Expect from a Parish Mission with Dc. Mark

Dc. Mark enjoys assisting, proclaiming and preaching at all weekend Masses (in English) immediately prior to the beginning of the parish mission.

Dc. Mark will, if requested, be available to assist (and preach, if desired) at a daily Mass.

Mission presentations are approximately one hour long, include computer-based audio and visual support, and usually include some brief times for the congregation to discuss an idea or question in a small group.

Dc. Mark is also happy to provide an overview of charisms or discipleship for parish staff.

The above services are all covered in the mission fee, to which is added travel, food and lodging.  To inquire about bringing Dc. Mark to your parish for a mission, please contact Austin in our Colorado Springs office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling (719) 219-0056 or (888) 878 -6789.

Parish Mission Theme:

Discipleship and the call to conversion are the heart of every parish mission, since everything else flows from them: stewardship, the discernment of gifts and vocation, prayer, involvement in the local parish, and individual work to carry God’s love into the world. Consequently, all of Dc. Mark’s missions are crafted to have an evangelizing effect on the members of the parish. Using scripture, the rich teaching of the Church, and reflections on his own journey of faith and the lives of disciples who have influenced him, Dc. Mark attempts to present Jesus’ invitation to each one of us to become his disciple in ways that are personal, fresh, engaging, and often surprisingly amusing.

Dc. Mark is happy to work with pastors and leadership teams, both in advance of a mission and on-site, between mission sessions, to insure the best possible effectiveness for his work with local communities.

About the Mission Presenter:

mark cesnik

Deacon Mark A. Cesnik, O.P., grew up in southern Wisconsin and southern Arizona. Both sets of grandparents were immigrants to the U.S. from Slovenia in the late 19th century. His early childhood was shaped by the memory of, and respect for, that immigrant experience by hard-working farmers and mineworkers closely tied to the community of the local parish. 2004, He, along with his wife, Anna (who is a Certified Lay Ecclesial Minister), serves at Corpus Christi Parish in Tucson where he is Coordinator of Ministries and Adult Faith Formation. Dc. Mark he has been associated with the Catherine of Siena Institute since 2005, and has traveled throughout the U.S. presenting workshops and missions. He has a B.A. (University of Arizona) in Journalism and an M.A. (University of San Francisco) in Theology / Pastoral Ministry.

He is a life-professed tertiary member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Tucson.

Previously, Dc. Mark has been a marketing communications executive for large health care and public utility corporations, a member of the senior staff at a Catholic Charities organization, an independent business communications consultant and a certified instructor of deep-water aerobics,

Audiences consistently remark about his ability to engage directly with, rather than merely talk at, those who hear him preach or attend his missions.