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Entries for November 2018

It’s been a rough year for Catholics. The retired former head of the Archdiocese of Washington resigned as a cardinal under charges of sexual abuse of a minor. Then the Archbishop of Washington resigned his post after charges he did not do enough to protect minors from predator priests in the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh before he went to Washington. In company with questions about leadership in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General released a searing report on clergy sexual abuse in 6 of that state’s dioceses – and how it was often mishandled by their leaders. Through it all we mourn the pain...

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The Yeshua Institute will sponsor a free webinar about “Attracting Young People to Greater Faith Development” on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The focus will be on reviewing highlights of the recent Bishops’ Synod on Young People and examining how a summer camp in Houston has helped teens connect their lives and their faith. The webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. CST (2:30 p.m. EST, 12:30 p.m. MST and 11:30 a.m. PST). Dr. Owen Phelps, Director of the Yeshua Institute, will discuss Catholic outreach to young people with Matt Johns, who is on the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’ Catholic Charities staff an...

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The Yeshua Institute will offer a free webinar to help parents use Advent to keep the birth of Jesus the focus of Christmas in their homes. Called “O Come Divine Messiah --  Advent Traditions to Prepare Your Family for Christmas,” it’s a parent-to-parent presentation scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. CST, 12:30 p.m. MST, 11:30 a.m. PST). If the date or time is inconvenient, still register to get a link to view the webinar at your convenience after its live telecast. The webinar presentation will last about a half hour, with time extended to answer any questions that viewers...

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By Dan Ebener EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is the last in a series on parish leaders based on a new book by Dan Ebener, Pastoral Leadership: Best Practices in Church Management. We’ve had an opportunity to preview the book and highly recommend it to anyone involved , formally or informally, in parish leadership. Dan has been developing leaders for organizations since 1976. He teaches at St. Ambrose University and works part-time as Director of Stewardship & Parish Planning for the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa. * * * Foundational paradox Pastoral planning is a time for the parish community to come t...

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The Yeshua Institute will offer another free webinar – this one on how to help your family make the most of Advent in preparing for the birth of our Savior on Christmas. Its title: “O Come Divine Messiah --  Advent Traditions to Prepare Your Family for Christmas.” It’s scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m. EST (1:30 p.m. CST, 12:30 p.m. MST, 11:30 a.m. PST). It will be co-hosted by three active Catholic parents: Erin McLevige, mother of four girls ages 5 through 12. Erin, who has a BA in education and a MA in early child development, is also a catechist. She taught in Phoenix, AZ,...

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Join the crowd gathering for the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute’s first ever free webinar this Thursday, Nov. 15. As of Tuesday, about 50 people were registered to participate. With the title Gratitude is Great Medicine, the webinar will highlight research which shows that when we regularly reflect on and express our gratitude, we improve our lives, our health and perhaps even our longevity. “A ton of research shows that just practicing gratitude for as little as 15 minutes a week improves our outlook, our health and our performance,” says Dr. Owen Phelps, Director of the Yesh...

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By Dan Ebener The Church is a voluntary organization. People voluntarily join, attend, contribute and participate in a church. That is why engagement is such a watchword in today’s Church. Voluntary participation cannot be coerced. It comes from the heart. Lay engagement means that the parishioners are intrinsically motivated to fully participate in the life of the parish. To get engagement, leaders need to get buy-in. Like any other matters of the heart, buy-in cannot be dictated. But it can be encouraged. Take the ministries of evangelization and stewardship for example. Stewardship is giving from the hear...

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Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, says love is reason some leaders and their organizations are thriving – and, he adds, “practical love” is a characteristic of the very best, most effective leaders in the marketplace. Here’s why. “Top-down bosses who spread fear are notorious for killing intrinsic motivation,” Schwantes explains. “And when that happens, good-employees-turned-order-takers stop exercising the very traits employers wish to see in their people -- that of being proactive, creative, and motivated self-starters. Holding peo...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute At last! Praise the Lord! A Catholic employer has finally earned a place on Forbes magazine’s list of the 500 best places in the U.S. to work. For eons I’ve been publicly lamenting the lack of Catholic employers’ on Forbes’ list. Now that era has ended. Congratulations, OSF Healthcare. OSF HealthCare has been named one of the best employers in the country for 2018 by Forbes magazine -- and was the highest ranked Illinois-based company earning the distinction. Alleluia! The Peoria, Illinois-based integrated health system is owned a...

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The Yeshua Institute has added a new presentation to its website called “Source and Summit of our Worship” to help people understand the parts of the Mass in the context of the whole liturgy. (Just click on the link and scroll down. The first presentation on the page, called “The Role of the Laity: On a Mission,” may also interest visitors to the site.) People can download the presentation as a PDF file or click through it on the website using their page down button or the navigation arrows on their keyboard. To date the presentation has proved popular with people and organizations who were se...

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