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National Leadership Roundtable

on Church Management


  November 2011
From the Executive Director
Each month we are happy to report to you the tremendous gains achieved for the Church by our council members, Church leaders, friends and staff of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. This month is no different. As you read the update below, however, please consider supporting the Leadership Roundtable's important work with a financial gift of any amount. Thank you for being a friend of the organization and an advocate for best practices in the Catholic Church in the US. You make an enormous difference in our Church. Please join others in being on record supporting the transformative, innovative and strategic work of the Leadership Roundtable. Whether you are a perennial sustainer of our ministry or if you have never given before, I hope that you will include the Leadership Roundtable in your end of year giving plans. Please click here to learn more and contribute now. Thank you!

With every blessing for Advent, 

Kerry Signature 

Kerry Robinson
Executive Director

ESTEEM honored by Catholic Campus Ministry Association
2011 CCMA Award
Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford, far left, accepted the award on behalf of ESTEEM. He was joined by, from left to right, Kerry Robinson of the Leadership Roundtable, Katie Byrnes of St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel at Yale, and Bishop Peter Rosazza of Hartford.

ESTEEM, Engaging Students to Enliven th e Ecclesial Mission, a national campus ministry program that prepares young adults to serve as leaders in the Catholic Church, was honored by the Catholic Campus Ministry Association for its efforts in developing future leaders. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell of Hartford accepted the award on behalf of ESTEEM at a November 15 reception held during the fall assembly of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. ESTEEM is a joint venture of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management and Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale. 


"For the hundreds of participants and alumni, ESTEEM works. They feel confident in their Catholic faith, and they are ready to serve the Church at every level. By living out their faith joyfully, these students serve as witnesses to their friends and family," said Katie McKenna, who serves as program coordinator for ESTEEM. "We are heartened that CCMA recognizes the value of ESTEEM, and we look forward to its continued growth as we bring more sites on board." Read more here.


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Leadership Roundtable, US Bishops address Catholic education  

The incoming chair of the US Catholic Bishops committee on Catholic education told brother

USCCB Fall 2011 in Baltimore
Panelists at the Leadership Roundtable meeting for US Bishops spoke about Catholic education and formation for the 21st century. From left to right, John Eriksen, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Paterson, Tom Healey for the Leadership Roundtable, Rev. Paul Holmes for the Toolbox for Pastoral Management, and Kerry Robinson speaking about ESTEEM.

bishops gathered at a strategy session hosted by the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management in Baltimore earlier this month that "the wind is at our back" but the moment to act to save Catholic schools is now.


Most Rev. Joseph McFadden, bishop of Harrisburg, thanked the Leadership Roundtable for its contribution to Catholic education, and said that while there is no "silver bullet" to save Catholic schools, a serious focus is needed from key stakeholders on issues of marketing, development, and the mission of Catholic education.


"Our commitment to teaching the Catholic faith" will solve the crisis, McFadden said. He said that "there is much to learn" about the tools and resources used by parishes, dioceses, and Catholic nonprofit organizations locally, and that the next step is connecting key stakeholders to one another nationally to share ideas and best practices. In addition, he said, it is imperative that priests share in the vision of strong Catholic education, as their voices are "very important in terms of leadership." Read more here.  


Leadership Roundtable to sponsor, offer presentations
at Mid-Atlantic Congress in March  

The Mid-Atlantic Congress will be held March 8-10, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It is co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Department of Evangelization. The Leadership Roundtable is also a sponsor of the event, and its members and staff will present on various topics related to Church management.

"This partnership with Leadership Roundtable takes us one step closer to engaging a broad cross section of parish leaders at MAC and, hopefully, beyond," said Paul Henderson, board member of the Association of Catholic Publishers.

"Our sponsorship of the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Pastoral Leadership reemphasizes our basic vision to bring together pastoral leaders to promote best practices in stewardship, leadership development and Church management to serve the Catholic Church in the United States," said Michael Brough, director of strategic engagement for the Leadership Roundtable.


The Leadership Roundtable's executive director, Kerry Robinson, will lead workshops on
creating a culture of stewardship in parishes. Jim Lundholm-Eades, the Leadership Roundtable's director of services and planning, will lead workshops on management best practices for Catholic schools and parishes. Brough will focus his sessions on team leadership and performance development for parish and school staffs. Leadership Roundtable council members Chuck Zech, Fr. David Couturier, Marti Jewell, Mark Mogilka, Sr. Terry Rickard and other Leadership Roundtable partners are also featured presenters. For a full list of speakers, visit the Mid-Atlantic Congress
Scholarship applications, due January 6, 2012, are available here. Read more here.   

Upcoming Events
New pastors want to learn how to be the best pastoral leaders they can be for the parishes entrusted to their care.  Bishops want to ensure the pastors they appoint are equipped for the job, provided guidance and support, and receive practical resources to assist them manage their new responsibilities. Since 2009 over 90 priests from 30 dioceses across the United States have found this training at the Leadership Roundtable's Toolbox for Pastoral Management. In 2012 there are two opportunities, January 8-13 in Florida and July 15-20 in New Jersey, for newly appointed or soon to be appointed pastors to experience this hands-on formation opportunity.


For more information, including a registration link and video presentation, click here.
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