Tim Flanagan, a Creator of Saints

Tim Flanagan Receives Bowie Kuhn Award for Evangelization

This year, Catholic Leadership Institute thought about All Saints’ Day in a different way… as we reflected upon the souls who reached the glory of heaven, we also thought about someone who models saint-like behavior for us every day: Our own Tim Flanagan.

Tim recently received a prestigious award, the Bowie Kuhn Award for Evangelization, one of Legatus International's highest honors, that celebrates his ability to bring people closer to Jesus and closer to heaven.

Tim’s gifts and achievements within the Church and at Catholic Leadership Institute are amazing; yet, it is how he treats every individual and how he sees Christ in everyone that makes Tim special. Tim’s life is a lesson in faith, family, philanthropy, and fierce commitment to our Lord.

The heart of the Bowie Kuhn Award is rooted in sharing God’s love with others and bringing people closer to Christ. Tim has done just that, ultimately walking alongside people on their journey to heaven and creating saints.

Tim founded Catholic Leadership Institute in 1991 after experiencing a revelation while on a corporate retreat in 1989. He felt called to bring the same leadership support, training and resources he encountered in the corporate world to the Catholic Church. In the nearly 30 years since then, Catholic Leadership Institute has equipped more than 280 bishops, 2,700 priests, and 27,000 lay leaders in 109 dioceses with world-class leadership formation and support services.

Further inspiring is what lies beneath those numbers: the stories of the real people he has impacted.

Tim has supported priests who were questioning their vocation; helping them receive support to flourish and live their call. Tim has empowered lay leaders to reach out, join hands, and pray with someone for the first time. Struggling parishes were equipped with the tools, vision, and guidance to transform. Dioceses around the country have received guidance and knowledge to forge the future. Tim has personally and vicariously invited people to know and love our Lord both again and for the first time.

In all of my years of working in philanthropy, I have never met another fundraiser like Tim; he has never been afraid to ask for a gift. Why? Because he sees it as an invitation to impact our Church in a positive way. To work alongside Tim for that honor is humbling.

During this month of November, I offer a prayer of Thanksgiving for all saints and all souls who have gone before us, for Tim Flanagan and the model of leadership and love he lives daily, and for all of those whom Catholic Leadership Institute has the privilege to serve thanks to the vision, courage, and tenacity of Tim Flanagan, our founder.

If you’d like to offer a prayer of your own for Tim today or congratulate him for his award, you send us an email or contact us here, and we would be honored to share your messages and prayers with him!

by Chad Peddicord

Nov 01, 2020

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