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Earlier this morning you may have received a copy of our January newsletter with some broken links. I apologize for the inconvenience. Below is a version with the correct links.

Michael O'Loughlin 
Communications Manager 

Leadership Roundtable sponsors Mid-Atlantic Congress

The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management is sponsoring the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Pastoral Management, to be held March 8-10 in Baltimore. The Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Association of Catholic Publishers are producing the event. This inaugural gathering features workshops on adult catechesis, mass media and the Church, youth ministry, music, spirituality, and best practices in management, finance, and human resource development.  

Several Leadership Roundtable members and staff are attending and speaking at the conference, including: Kerry Robinson, executive director of the Leadership Roundtable; Jim Lundholm-Eades, director of services and planning; and Michael Brough, director of strategic engagement. Keynote speakers include Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona and Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, both of whom have spoken at Leadership Roundtable annual meetings.


To learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Congress and to register to attend, click here. If you are attending, visit the Francisan Media (formerly St. Anthony Messenger Press) booth, where Leadership Roundtable publications and resources will be available to purchase.   


Share your best practices in the Standards for Excellence online forum  

The Catholic Standards for Excellence Online Forum is abuzz with activity, with blog posts, forum conversations, and connections among subject experts, lay leaders, and those who share an interest in strengthening the Catholic Church in the US. Become a part of this community today by clicking  here.  


Forum conversations include: Using Social Media to Engage the Faithful; Governance and Advisory Bodies; and Stewardship and Development. On the blog, the Leadership Roundtable's Michael Brough discusses Pope Benedict's call for an engaged and active laity; Dennis Cheesebrow offers insight on diocesan planning; and Peg Garvey-Mitchell writes on assessment and planning for Catholic leaders. Add your voice and insight. Sign up, contribute to the forum conversations, start your own blog, and be part of a growing community.          


Priests collaborate, strengthen ministry with screenshot Catholic priests are connecting online to solve common problems they encounter in their ministry, to collaborate with peers from around the nation, and find support and friendship from other priests, all on a Leadership Roundtable sponsored website called From the forum's introduction: is the result of an extended dialogue and generous grants from the Catholic Extension and Lilly Endowment Inc. The forum is protected space with exclusive access for Catholic priests in good standing where we can be a positive voice focusing on improving our pastoral skills, solving problems that we all face, helping each other learn and grow, and making practical resources available to even the most remote parish. We are all grateful for the gifts and opportunities that God has given us; we hope that you will join in this dialogue and share what you have been given with others. Please forward this email to priests you know by clicking      


Katie McKenna
Katie McKenna
Leadership Roundtable trustee Tom Healey wrote an article published in America magazine called, "Good Returns: Can you follow your conscience and still beat the S&P 500?" Click here to read. + Katie McKenna joined the Leadership Roundtable staff as communications and development officer and ESTEEM project manager. + Cardinal Donald Wuerl will celebrate Mass and speak at the 2012 Leadership Roundtable Annual Meeting, June 27-28 at Georgetown University. + Frank Butler, a founding trustee of the Leadership Roundtable, announced his retirement as the president of FADICA after 30-plus years leading the philanthropy focused organization. + BJ Cassin and John Eriksen continue their work on strengthening Catholic schools, and their committee will report in March on final recommendations from the 2011 Leadership Roundtable Annual Meeting. The Toolbox for Pastoral Management was attended by over 25 priests from 12 dioceses for a week-long program in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month. Click here for information on the summer 2012 Toolbox. 

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