Supporting Leadership Formation Programs

Supporters of Catholic Leadership Institute might have interest in broadly supporting any of our classroom-based or blending learning leadership formation options. These opportunities can be restricted to a particular diocese or region. A philanthropy team member can work with you to maximize the impact for your gift.

You might also choose to support one particular leadership program. Read about these individual programs below.

As senior leaders of the Catholic Church, our bishops and cardinals oversee many facets of the Church. These 3-day, stand alone seminars held bi-annually provide focused learning for bishops while also providing them an occasion for prayer and discussion with their brother bishops. Nationally recognized speakers help facilitate these seminar retreats, which have included such topics as the new evangelization, creating vision, identifying key priorities, and communication strategies.
With their ever-evolving role as leaders, Good Leaders, Good Shepherds provides a unique formation opportunity for priests to learn practical skills. Over the course of two years (29 days of training), participants engage in a highly challenging curriculum that combines the best of the science of leadership with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. The fraternal experience each cohort creates helps to strengthen the brotherhood of their vocation. The impact will be more holy, healthy, and happy shepherds of vibrant parish communities, effectively leading more people to a deeper relationship with Christ.
Graduate and Diocesan Services support the ongoing application of best leadership practices, continued formation in leadership skills, and intentional fraternal support begun in Good Leaders, Good Shepherds. Through Fraternal Forum, Personal Leadership Coaching, and Tending the Talents, this integrated and inclusive service offers the priest an opportunity to intentionally continue his own learning while exercising direct leadership affirmation and development for his key staff or lay volunteers.

Collaborative leadership learning and application facilitates stronger competence and confidence in one's role as pastor and shepherd while also equipping valued colleagues with relevant leadership skills in order that they may thrive and succeed in their own ministerial responsibilities. Most importantly, the Kingdom of God is experienced more vibrantly in both parish and diocesan life!
Professional, pastoral, and interpersonal support for priestly fraternity focused on ministry, relationships, and health, consisting of four live sessions over 14 months plus web based learning opportunities.
Four professional pastoral coaching in best leadership practices and application sessions of 14 months to be scheduled by the priest as needed for discussion, support, or other needs as they begin to implement the vision for their respective parish.
A complementary lay ecclesial leadership formation curriculum to Good Leaders, Good Shepherds consisting of 11 days of live classroom training plus web based learning opportunities. This program is designed specifically for parish and diocesan staff and lay leaders who work with priest graduates of our Good Leaders, Good Shepherds program.

“Self-Leadership” Seminary Formation

Did you know that the number one stressor for newly ordained priests as identified by the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy is overwork and over-responsibility largely linked to administrative work associated with running a parish? The Catholic Leadership Institute, upon the recommendations of both bishops and rectors, addressed this challenge unveiling a tailored solution for current seminarians based on Good Leaders, Good Shepherds, their flagship leadership formation program for priests. This three-day workshop, titled Self-Leadership: Responsibility and Versatility in Priestly Formation, focuses on helping a young man understand his leadership instincts and the various influences on those instincts, as well as teaching practical skills such as how to manage his time more effectively.