February 2012 Blog Posts (9)

Lenten Blessings!

Message of Pope Benedict XVI for Lent 2012. "Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works." (Heb 10:24)

"The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the sacraments. This journey is one marked by prayer and sharing, silence and fasting, in…


Added by Michael Brough on February 22, 2012 at 12:18pm — No Comments

New Cardinal doesn't like being called CEO, despite major administrative responsibilities

The largest diocese in Canada is in transition and at it's helm is new Cardinal, Thomas Collins.  The Toronto Star explores the challenges:

Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins doesn’t like being called…


Added by Michael Brough on February 21, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments

What makes a pastoral council "pastoral"?

It has been common to distinguish between "pastoral" and "parish" councils since the publication in 1983 of the Code of Canon Law, which recommended parish pastoral councils.  Today we prefer the superior "pastoral" council to the old "parish" council, which …


Added by Mark F. Fischer on February 20, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

National Standards, anyone?

An editorial in the February 27, 2012 issue of America magazine calls for transparency, accountability and national standards for financial stewardship at all levels of the Catholic Church:

"To be proper stewards of the financial resources they have been given, church officials must adopt transparent and fiscally responsible practices at all levels. A national…


Added by Michael Brough on February 17, 2012 at 1:25pm — 4 Comments

Full Tuition Scholarships - Lay Ecclesial Ministry Students

The Leadership Roundtable is proud to co-sponsor the National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry which has met at Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN in 2007 and 2011.

Over 40 Catholic organizations and institutions have invested in the National Symposium and three grants were recently awarded…


Added by Michael Brough on February 16, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Be inspired...

A great five-minute video from the St. Thomas More Newman Center at Ohio State University. 

Will put a smile on your face and give you great hope for the future

Visit EsteemLeadership.org for more…


Added by Michael Brough on February 8, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

A Question for the Weekend: On Collaboration

I have been invited to participate in a conversation on Monday about collaboration in ministry.  I am usually not stuck for things to say (as some of you know!) and have some experience and opinions on collaboration which I will share with the group. One aspect I will bring to the discussion is that social networking technologies have made broader consultation and collaboration easier, so I thought I would test out that theory by putting out this Weekend Question topic to…


Added by Michael Brough on February 3, 2012 at 3:19pm — 2 Comments

Small Employer Health C tax Credits

I came across this explanation of a little known tax credit that many parishes and dicoese' may find helpful. I have known the author, Harold Parsons, for many years and talked to him to make sure I understood the implications of what he was saying. It is a little known item in the PPACA that does not usually grab the attention of parish or diocesan administrators.

It points to the importance of accessing professionals who know the Catholic Church and her structures and how the Church…


Added by Jim Lundholm-Eades on February 2, 2012 at 12:26pm — No Comments

12 Characteristics of an Effective Leader

Dale Roach provides us with 12 characteristics of effective leaders and also suggests that every successful team needs an effective leader:

Effective leadership has certain, basic, visionary, characteristics.…


Added by Michael Brough on February 1, 2012 at 5:19pm — 1 Comment

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