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National Leadership Roundtable

on Church Management


January 2013

Lay, ordained collaboration focus of 2013 Annual Meeting
2012 Annual Meeting
Participants attend a plenary session at the 2012 Leadership Roundtable Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management is responding to Pope Benedict's call for greater collaboration among lay and ordained leaders by devoting its 2013 Annual Meeting to this theme. The series of panels, keynotes, and wor
kgroups, A Call to Communion: Co-Responsibility for the Good of the Church, will meet June 25-27, 2013, at Santa Clara University near San Jose, CA. This meeting follows a Bay Area Regional Roundtable that met in the fall of 2011, bringing together scores of regional Catholic leaders to discuss ways to meet the financial, managerial, and human resource challenges facing the Church in the US.


Confirmed speakers for the 2013 Annual Meeting include Christopher Lowney, author of
Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World; Susan King, dean of the school of journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chuck Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems; and Paul Reilly, president of Raymond James Financial. Click here to learn more about the 2013 Annual Meeting.
Leadership Roundtable offers solutions for Catholic schools in America magazine
BJ Cassin, second from left, during the 2011 Leadership Roundtable Best Practices Award presentation to representatives from the Cristo Rey Network of Catholic schools.


A group of Leadership Roundtable trustees and staff published a featured article in the Jesuit magazine America in which they acknowledge the challenges facing Catholic schools in the US, and offer concrete ways that they can be saved. All Hands on Desks was written by Tom Healey and BJ Cassin, Leadership Roundtable trustees, and John Eriksen, the director of the schools project. The three write that bold, cutting-edge action is needed to save Catholic schools:


"Data-driven accountability and transparency, technology enhancements, elevated teacher quality standards, tax credit legislation and improved governance represent pivotal challenges that need to be actively confronted. More important, Catholic schools need to be developing solutions that expand or improve on these-solutions that in the hands of imaginative and forward-looking leaders could provide the footing for a transformation of Catholic education in this country."


Click here to read the full article and here to read the full report on Catholic schools stemming from the 2011 Leadership Roundtable Annual Meeting. 



A day for bishops at Mid-Atlantic Congress

Bishops from throughout the US will gather for a day-long series of presentations and small working groups hosted by the Leadership Roundtable during the Mid-Atlantic Congress, convening in Baltimore this March. The Leadership Roundtable is partnering with the the Congress' hosts, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Association of Catholic Publishers, to offer bishops an opportunity for candid dialogue on issues of leadership and management, intended to be both practical and solution-focused.


In addition to plenary sessions led by Leadership Roundtable trustee Lt. Gen. (Ret.) James Dubik, bishops will discuss temporal issues confronting them in their ministries with senior level executives in small work groups. To learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Congress, including the Leadership Roundtable-sponsored management track, and about opportunities for lay involvement, click here

Bishop Kicanas welcomes pastors to Toolbox for Pastoral Management in Tucson
Bishop Kicanas speaks at the 2009 Leadership Roundtable Annual Meeting.
Bishop Kicanas speaks at the 2009 Leadership Roundtable Annual Meeting.
Twenty-seven new pastors from 13 dioceses attended the six-day Toolbox for Pastoral Management earlier this month at a retreat center in the Diocese of Tucson. The Pastors were welcomed by Bishop Gerald Kicanas, the bishop of Tucson and chair of Catholic Relief Services, who told priests that he was, "confident that this workshop sponsored by the Roundtable will provide you with the skills and resources necessary to do well in your important ministry." The program's coordinator, Fr. Paul Holmes, said he was especially pleased with this iteration of the Toolbox, praising the eagerness of the participants to bring best practices back to their parishes. Read more about the Toolbox here.


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