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 April 2011 

ESTEEM: Preparing young adults for leadership in the Church 
ESTEEM Participants
ESTEEM participants and campus ministers gathered at St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale this month for a conversation about the program's impact.


With St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University, the Leadership Roundtable offers a leadership development and faith formation program to college students across the nation in a program called ESTEEM, Engaging Students to Enliven the Ecclesial Mission. Over the past year, students at six universities across the nation participated in workshops, service opportunities, faith formation, and leadership training all with one goal: taking on leadership roles in the Church following their graduation. A national capstone conference in this month afforded students and their campus ministers an opportunity to engage in dialogue with one another, meet other participants, and help plan for the future of ESTEEM. The students' energy, optimism, and hope were evident in their testimony.


One student said, "ESTEEM was an incredible journey for us throughout the school year. It's provided a meeting place for us to reflect on our faith, and that's allowed us to better understand where we want to go in the future and how we want the Catholic community to be part of our lives."

2010 ProceedingsA Blueprint for Responsibility: Responding to Crises with Collaborative Solutions transcripts and proceedings now available online

Download the proceedings from the 2010 Annual Meeting, including talks on the changing face of the global church by John Allen, a panel explaining the US response to the sexual abuse crisis, and explorations of philanthropic and financial excellence. Click here to download the publication. 


From Our Newsroom 


Why Catholic Schools Matter (City Journal)

Two stories from City Journal explore the importance of inner-city Catholic schools, and offer access into the classrooms where young people are given opportunities that would not be available otherwise. From the article: "Catholic schools, particularly those serving the children of the poor, have been hemorrhaging students for 40 years. As a result, half of the nation's Catholic schools have closed-and enrollment losses continue to outpace shutterings, imperiling most of the remaining schools. We risk seeing the whole system collapse, perhaps leaving behind some elite schools in affluent areas and a few in disadvantaged ones."


Business Models Aren't Just For Business (Harvard Business Review)

From the article: "During my six years as an accidental bureaucrat, after spending twenty-five years in the private sector, my friends often wondered how I could do it. They routinely asked versions of the question: doesn't government move too slowly for you? My standard reply was that, yes, the public sector moves..."


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