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Leadership Institute Program - Track II


Track II - Veteran Leadership

Track II provides a new series of topics presented by nationally known speakers for veteran administrators with the option of either participating in a live Q & A with each presenter or listening to a recording of that Q & A.

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NOTE: Certificate of Completion No Longer Available

Track II - Webinars

Catechesis on the New Roman Missal

The Roman Missal, Third Edition, was introduced in the Catholic Church in the United States in advent 2011. In anticipation of its implementation, this presentation by Monsignor Hilgartner was provided in January 2011 to assist Catholics in celebrating the liturgy well using the newly translated prayers of the mass.

 Webinar* | Q & A* | Feedback   * ©2011 Monsignor Richard Hilgartner, STL. Used with permission

Leadership Institute - Fr Richard Hilgartner


Monsignor Richard Hilgartner, STL

Monsignor Richard Hilgartner is the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship at the USCCB. At the time of recording this session entitled "Catechesis on the New Roman Missal", he served as Associate in the same Secretariat. He holds a bachelor of science degree (business and finance) from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland; a master of divinity degree and bachelor of sacred theology degree from St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore; and a licentiate degree in Sacred Theology (STL) from the Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo, Rome, Italy. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) in Liturgical Studies at The Catholic University of America. Named a Chaplain of His Holiness in 2011, Msgr. Hilgartner has served in parish ministry and campus ministry, and has taught theology and homiletics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Stewardship of the Environment

Today we face great environmental challenges as a nation and a global community. The Church seeks to make a distinct and authentically Catholic contribution to the discussion of environmental questions, including climate change, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching and moral principles that call us to care for God's creation and to protect the poor and vulnerable who are often most affected by environmental harm.
COMING SOON: Webinar | Feedback * © 2011 Most Rev. William S. Skylstad. Used with permission

Leadership Institute - Bishop William SkylstadPresenter

Most Rev. William S. Skylstad

Bishop Emeritus of Spokane,
Washington, USA

Bishop Skylstad was born in Omak, Washington on March 2, 1934 to Stephen Martin Skylstad and Reneldes Elizabeth Danzl Skylstad. His education included seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum, and studies at Washington State University and Gonzaga University.

He was ordained priest of the Diocese of Spokane in 1960. Between 1960 and 1977, he held numerous positions as assistant Pastor, Pastor, Teacher and Rector at Mater Cleri Seminary, and Chancellor of the Diocese of Spokane. He was ordained bishop of Yakima in 1977, where he served until named Bishop of the Diocese of Spokane in 1990. He served there until his retirement in 2010. He has served as a priest for 50 years and a bishop for 33 years.

Bishop Skylstad was elected Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2001. In 2004 he was elected President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Evangelizing Catechesis and the Call to Nurture Discipleship

The personal identity of being a disciple will be explored and its implications both individually and institutionally. Evangelizing as an adjective is more appropriate than a noun. We will explore a systemic approach to ministry with the essential mission of the Church as a focus.

Webinar* | Q & A* | Feedback   * © 2011 Rev. John E. Hurley, C.S.P DMin. Used with permission

Leadership Institute - Fr John HurleyPresenter

Rev. John E. Hurley, C.S.P DMin

is a Paulist and was ordained in 1977.He is the former Executive Director for the USCCB Secretariat for Evangelization and the National Pastoral Life Center.In July 2010, he was appointed as Executive Director of the newly formed Department of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Fr. Hurley continues to speak on evangelization before parish, diocesan and national Church leadership and is a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.


Catechesis & the Fathers of the Church

In "Catechesis and the Fathers of the Church," we'll explore the content and methods employed by the most effective teachers in early Christianity. In years before mass media -- and through centuries of intense persecution -- they evangelized the world with remarkable success, achieving a Church-growth rate of 40% per decade. They taught by means of ritual, art, preaching, letters; they taught sometimes openly and sometimes in code; they taught most effectively by the example of their lives and deaths.

Webinar* | Q & A* | Feedback  * © 2011 Michael Aquilina. Used with permission

Leadership Institute - Mike AquilinaPresenter

Mike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He is author or editor of more than twenty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. His titles include The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, Signs and Mysteries: Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols, and The Resilient Church. With Scott Hahn, he has been co-host of eight series that air on the Eternal Word Television Network. Mike is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He blogs on early Christianity at Mike has been married to his wife, Terri, for twenty-five years; they have six children.


Celebrating Popular Catholicism – The Hispanic Experience

God comes to our encounter in the here and now of our everyday experience. We often celebrate such encounter with liturgical rituals and practices that give meaning to our lives and bring us closer to God’s transforming love. Along with the richness of the liturgy, Catholics from all cultures have popular practices that profoundly shape our faith in the everyday, privately and publically, in conversation with our most immediate reality. Such practices are of the people and sustain the faith of the people. This presentation is an introduction to several practices of popular Catholicism among U.S. Hispanic Catholics, their pedagogical power, and their spiritual meaning

Webinar* | Q & A* | Feedback  * © 2011 Hosffman Ospino, PhD. Used with permission

Leadership Institute - Dr Hosffman OspinoPresenter

Hosffman Ospino, PhD

Dr. Hosffman Ospino is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education, and Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He has a Masters’ degree in Theology with concentration in Church History and a PhD in Theology and Education from Boston College. Dr. Ospino’s research focuses on the dialogue between faith and culture and the impact of this interchange upon the Church’s educational practices and ministry. He is currently an officer of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). Dr. Ospino has written academic and pastoral essays reflecting theologically on the pedagogical power of popular Catholicism and how the spirituality sustaining these practices always reflects new ways of being in relationship with God. He recently edited a book entitled Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future (Convivium Press, 2010, bilingual edition). His next book is called And Jesus Asked Peter: Faithfully Living the Answers (Liguori Publications, 2011; also in Spanish).


Personal Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

This one-hour presentation will explore, first of all, the fundamental meaning of personal prayer as a “space” in which we turn to God first of all to receive what God wants passionately to offer us: the divine life and love. Deeper than any particular requests we may bring to God, authentic prayer yearns for deeper communion with God the Father through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Next, Lectio Divina will provide a rich framework within which to consider the different kinds of personal prayer. Finally, suggestions will be offered about how to grow as a person who lives according to the invitation to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5:17).

Webinar* | Q & A* | Feedback * © 2011 Rev. Brian McDermott. Used with permission

Leadership Institute - Fr Brian McDermottPresenter

Rev. Brian McDermott, S.J.

Fr. Brian McDermott, S.J. is a Catholic priest and a member of the Jesuits, the Society of Jesus. He is currently the Rector (religious superior) of the Jesuit Community of Loyola University Maryland, and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Departments of Theology and Pastoral Counseling. He received his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1973. From 1973 to 2000, he was a member of the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, one of the two national Jesuit theological centers sponsored by the Society of Jesus for the training of Jesuits, other religious and lay persons for ministry in the Church. While at WJST, he taught systematic theology, Ignatian spirituality, and authority and leadership. For eight years (1991-1999) he was academic dean at the school. Fr. McDermott is the author of two books, What Are They Saying About the Grace of Christ? (Paulist Press) and Word Become Flesh: Dimensions of Christology (Liturgical Press) and numerous articles and book reviews. He has produced two audio CD series for Now You Know Media, Inc: “Who Is Jesus?: An Introduction to Christology” and “The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.” A third series on the dynamics of God’s grace is in production. He has been a spiritual director, helping people with their prayer lives, for thirty-seven years. Since 1996 he has been the director of tertians for the Maryland and New York provinces of the Society of Jesus. In that capacity he has accompanied fellow Jesuits as they made, for the second time, the full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, prior to being fully incorporated into the Society of Jesus.

Sacramental Life

St. Augustine defined sacrament "as a visible sign of an invisible grace." The Church, itself a sacrament, not only celebrates liturgical sacraments but it views the world from the perspective of sacramentality which calls us to live a life of justice and charity

Webinar* | Q & A* | Feedback * © 2011 Sister Kate Dooley, OP. Used with permission 

Leadership Institute - Sr Kate DooleyPresenter

Sister Kate Dooley, OP

Sister Kate Dooley, OP is a Sinsinawa (WI) Dominican Sister who is currently teaching theology at Dominican University in River Forest, Il. She holds an MA from The Catholic University of America, a MTh from Harvard Divinity School, and a MA and PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Dr. Dooley has published widely in catechetical and liturgical journals, and written a number of texts and resource materials for religious education.


Life in Christ: Renewal of Moral Theology

The moral life is fundamentally the human person’s response moved by attraction to beatitude as revealed in Christ. This presentation considers the renewal of moral theology as called for by the Second Vatican Council. The believer is sustained through the grace of Jesus Christ to live the life of virtue in such a way that the Beatitudes are the lived expression of faith. Attention is given to the manner in which the Holy Spirit prepares the believer to undergo the struggle and temptation which confronts the Christian in his or her attempt to follow the summons of Christ.

Webinar* | Q & A* | Feedback * © 2011 Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield. Used with permission

Leadership Institute - Fr Brian BransfieldPresenter

Monsignor. J. Brian Bransfield

He is the Associate General Secretary of the Office of the General Secretary of the USCCB. At the time of recording this session entitled "Life in Christ: Renewal of Moral Theology", he served as Assistant General Secretary of the Office of the General Secretary and Executive Director of the Secretary of Evangelization and Catechesis. He earned the doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He is the author of The Human Person: According to John Paul II and Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ available from Pauline Books.



Introduction to the Eastern Rite Churches Through Liturgy & Iconography

It is an unfortunate fact of church life that Catholics and other Western Christians have a faint knowledge of Eastern "Rite" Christian Churches, if they have any knowledge of them at all. This presentation will attempt to introduce Eastern Christianity in a manner that indicates that the churches closest in time and culture to Christ's own context may have something to contribute to a dialogue about the meaning of Jesus in the 21st century. The central role played by liturgy and the liturgical art of iconography will be the keys to understanding what these churches are about.

Webinar* | Feedback   * © 2011 Most Reverend John Michael Botean and Professor Richard Schneider. Used with permission



Most Reverend John Michael Botean

Bishop of Eparchy of St. George’s in Canton for Romanians 

Born in Canton, Ohio, Bishop Botean graduated summa cum laude in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1977. His theological studies were carried out at the institutions of the Boston Theological Institute through St. Gregory Seminary/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA, and at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. After a period during which he worked for the Pax Christi USA Center on Conscience and War in Cambridge, MA, and at CARA in Washington, DC, he was ordained priest on May 18, 1986. Named Apostolic Administrator of the Romanian Catholic Eparchy of St. George in Canton in 1993, he was named and ordained bishop of the same Eparchy on August 24, 1996. He is the Catholic episcopal co-patron of the US section of the Society of St. John Chrysostom, through which he has participated in national and international Orientale Lumen ecumenical conferences for the past 15 years. On October 11, 2003, he was presented the St. Marcellus Award by the Catholic Peace Fellowship for his stand against war in Iraq.



Professor  Richard Schneider 

Professor at the University of Toronto

After receiving degrees from Dartmouth College and Princeton and Columbia Universities, Richard Schneider has been a university professor in the United States and Canada for 49 years. He was one of the founder-teachers at York University in Toronto, where he specialized in medieval and church history, and in history as critical thought; as well, he offered iconological studies of Western medieval art. He created and is the Co-ordinator of the Graduate Program in Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies hosted by the Trinity College Faculty of Divinity, which has added an East-Christian component to the curriculum of the Toronto School of Theology of the University of Toronto. For the past twelve years he has been a Visiting Professor at the world-renowned St. Vladimir's Seminary in New York, where he teaches Orthodox Iconology, advanced hermeneutics, and the foundations of research methodology.

Living the Beauty of Faith: How to Use the Adult Catechism in Adult Faith Formation Programs

This presentation will focus on a variety of practical and concrete ways to use the Adult Catechism in adult faith formation programs. By situating adult faith formation as a graced moment within the New Evangelization, the presenter will provide an overview of the history of the USCCA, its structure, and potential uses in faith formation.

Webinar* | Feedback   * © 2011 Jem Sullivan, PhD. Used with permission

Leadership Institute - Jem SullivanPresenter

Jem Sullivan, PhD

Jem Sullivan, PhD a former staff in the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis at the USCCB. At the time of recording this session entitles "Living the Beauty of Faith: How to Use the Adult Catechism in Adult Faith Formation Programs, she served as Coordinator of Assessment for the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis at the USCCB. As a catechist and teacher, she has served high school, young adult, and adult faith formation programs, as well as a professor in graduate level seminary courses. She is the author of two books from Our Sunday Visitor, one of which is A Study Guide to the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.

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