Last year, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI addressed the role of lay people in the Catholic Church, calling for “a mature and committed laity” that contributes to “the apostolic aim of the Church in its entirety” through an “active co-responsibility” with ordained leaders.
In the context of the Church in the United States, Catholic laity thrives at the highest levels of every industry and sector, yet we, as the Church, are just beginning to understand how we might incorporate this wealth of talent and expertise in service to the Gospel mandate. The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management exists precisely for this purpose, and we are heeding Pope Benedict’s call at our 2013 Annual Meeting, A Call to Communion, where we will explore ways that laity might work, in accordance with the Pope’s own words, “as people who are really ‘co-responsible’ for the Church’s being and acting.” We will convene top Catholic leaders, celebrate successful co-responsibility in the Church, promote best practices, and identify proven solutions to contemporary management challenges.
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In this Year of Faith, how do lay people understand their ecclesial rights and responsibilities? What can lay people offer the Church and how can ordained leaders create environments that celebrate and make use of these gifts? Will our parishes transform into vibrant, mission-driven spiritual homes? How can lay and ordained Catholics work together to restore trust, create new solutions to temporal challenges, and spread the good news? How can we work together to revitalize the Church, lift up the poor, and integrate the New Evangelization into all that we do?
At the 2013 Annual Meeting, keynotes, panelists, and participants will engage in dialogue to make recommendations that strengthen the role of the laity in response to Pope Benedict’s call. Together, we will examine best practices in diocesan planning, the effectiveness of pastoral and finance councils, innovations in strategic investment opportunities, the dynamic role of Catholic philanthropy, strengthening Catholic school management, and other ways that the laity can be of service to the Church.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Hilton San Jose
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Registration and Breakfast
Santa Clara Univeristy
Annual Meeting Begins
Celebration of the Eucharist
Santa Clara University
Reception and 2013 Leadership Roundtable Best Practices Awards Banquet
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Santa Clara University
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Most Rev. Stephen Blaire
Bishop of Stockton, CA
Ms. Katie Diller
Campus Minister, Michigan State University
Dr. Charles Geschke
Chair of the Board, Adobe Systems
Rev. Mr. John Kerrigan
Chief Investment Officer, Santa Clara University
Ms. Susan King
Dean, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Mr. Christopher Lowney
Author of Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World
Mr. Patrick Markey
Executive Director of the National Collections Office, USCCB
Rev. Thomas Reese, SJ
Catholic author and commentator
Mr. Paul Reilly
President, Raymond James Financial
*Additional speakers will be announced via email to all registrants throughout the winter. As the agenda is finalized, registrants will be updated. The final agenda will be distributed at the start of the 2013 Annual Meeting.