William Schmitt | July 1, 2019
A group of young lay professionals serving Catholic diocesan ministries around the country will attend a unique conference on the University of Notre Dame campus this summer. They will begin a wide-ranging program to prepare them for robust careers of service and to meet an urgent need for a next generation of national leadership in the Church.
The fifteen conference participants, selected as promising representatives of a faith-filled talent pool for the future of Catholic ministry in the United States, constitute the first cohort in the Strong Foundations for Pastoral Leaders program, conducted by the McGrath Institute for Church Life.
Funded by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the program addresses an emerging challenge for national Catholic organizations and diocesan offices: Their leadership teams are approaching retirement even as they seek to serve God’s people better amid the complex demands of management in ministry.
“The Church needs to capture the talents of more lay people,” said Katherine Angulo, program director for the McGrath Institute’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative, which is launching Strong Foundations for Pastoral Leaders. Thousands of service-minded individuals with an array of skills and sensibilities, drawn from the country’s diverse Catholic population, are needed without delay, Angulo said.
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