Ximena DeBroeck joined the Catholic Leadership Institute in October 2022. She brings over 20 years of service to the Church. She has held leadership roles in parish and diocesan settings in the Diocese of Greensburg and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Ximena’s ministry has also included formation of lay and ordained leaders; she has taught at three seminaries, has worked as faculty and part of the formation team for lay students, was liaison for human formation for a diocesan permanent diaconate formation program, and leads the pastoral formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. This background has given Ximena a unique perspective on the complexity of pastoral ministry.
Ximena has been an invited presenter at numerous pastoral gatherings, including parish and diocesan gatherings, clergy convocations, and has collaborated with the USCCB on various projects. She has published articles on Scripture interpretation and sacramental formation, the Study Guide for Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples, and is a frequent contributor in the devotional Give Us This Day.
Ximena holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Texas, a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Vincent Seminary, a Sacred Theology License from St. Mary’s Seminary, a Doctorate in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University, and is completing a Master of Science in Psychology, with a concentration in Leadership. Additionally, Ximena holds a Certificate in the Psychology of Leadership from Cornell University, is a Certified Working Genius Facilitator and a Global DISC coach, helping teams measure, visualize, and optimize team growth and work. She is committed to accompanying others to flourish in their vocation.
Having been born and raised in Ecuador, Ximena moved to the United States in 1981. She is married to Mike, and they have been blessed with four children and five grandchildren. After many moves as a military family, and now that the children live on their own, Ximena and her husband moved to a peaceful, country setting near Gettysburg. It is in and through her vocations as a wife, mother, grandmother, and lay leader in the Church that God continues to invite Ximena to grow in her vocation as Christ’s disciple. It is with God’s grace, that she continues to deepen her commitment to follow Christ and invite others to follow him.