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January 1: Pope on World Day of Peace

Posted on December 28, 2015 in: Articles

A good way to start of the New Year is to spend a little quiet time reading Pope Francis’ message for the celebration of World Day of Peace, which is observed universally in the Church on New Year’s Day. “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace” is the title of the pope’s message, which begins by noting: “God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind! God does not abandon us! (Italics in original text.) Among other topics Pope Francis addresses is how to convert hearts from indifference to mercy and how to build a culture of solidarity and mercy to overcome indifference. To read h...

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Resolution tip: Pick a habit, any habit

Posted on December 28, 2015 in: Articles

If you’re jotting down a list of New Year’s Resolutions – or have resolved to do it in the next few days – we’d like to suggest one to help you grow in 2016. Decide to focus on one of the habits – just one – that we propose to Catholics who want to be better Jesus-like Leaders. In The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, we endorse nine habits: Practice solitude Pray daily Read scripture often Worship and receive the sacraments regularly Explore the lives and reflections of saints and Christian scholars. Consider sacramentals and devotions that flourish in ...

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How to keep your 2016 resolutions

Posted on December 28, 2015 in: Articles

You don’t need help making New Year’s Resolutions, do you? Anybody can do that. But you problem could use some help keeping them. Doesn’t everybody need that? Well, it’s true that some of us have more self-discipline than others. But it’s also true that trying to achieve new goals or develop new, healthier habits is nearly always difficult. Most of us struggle with changes any kind – even those we dearly desire. One way to break through that struggle is to tell others what your resolutions are and invite them to help you monitor your success in achieving them. You can do this wi...

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Two days left to get 2015 tax deduction

Posted on December 28, 2015 in: Articles

The opportunity to get a 2015 tax deduction for your donation to the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute ends at midnight Thursday, Dec. 31. “We hope everyone who hasn’t yet had an opportunity to contribute will do so before the end of the calendar year,” said Owen Phelps, the Institute’s CEO. “Our vision is very ambitious: that every Catholic in every walk of life leads like Jesus — as servant, steward and shepherd,” he added. “Imagine what kind of church and world we would enjoy if every Catholic, clergy as well as lay, was a Jesus-like Leader,&rdquo...

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Bishop Paul Ssemwogere is flanked by some of the seminarians learning how to be Jesus-like Leaders. What brings about 180 seminarians from five major seminaries representing all 19 dioceses in Uganda together right before Christmas? The opportunity to learn more about being Jesus-like S3 Leaders. The occasion was Uganda’s annual Seminarian Fraternity Retreat, held Dec. 16-19 at Emmaus Catholic Retreat Centre in the Diocese of Kasana-Lueeero. The Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute was primary sponsor of the event. Bishop Paul Ssemwogere, head of the diocese, celebrated Mass for the sem...

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  This past week, under the sponsorship of the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute, about 180 students from five major seminaries representing all 19 dioceses in Uganda met to learn how to be Jesus-like S3 Leaders. Watch for more coverage in next week’s Catholic Leader.  

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Christmas presents for priests, laity

Posted on December 19, 2015 in: Articles

  We don’t want celebration of the great holyday of Christmas to pass without offering a gift to you, our dear readers – and to anyone else with whom you want to share these gifts. We’d like to express our affection for you with two gifts – one especially for priests and the other especially for laity (although both are suited for all audiences, most especially permanent deacons). Priests will find a companion chock full of interesting and helpful information at the homepage for The National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood, overseen by faithful stewards Fr. Gene Hemrick ...

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By Fr. Eugene Hemrick Yeshua Institute Fellow, Director of the National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood Today’s ecological programs are abundant, creative and inspirational. To name just a few: wind farms, solar panels, energy saving devices, recycling, roof top gardens, streamlined waste management, rain gardens, rain barrels, and light rail transportation.  As awesome as is all this inventiveness, will it continue to grow and be even more awesome, or will it decelerate and be replaced by other exciting movements?  What role in particular does parish church life need to play in or...

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  In a phrase, our work at the Yeshua Catholic International Leadership Institute is “building a better church.” And by “church” we don’t just mean the institutional church. We’re talking about the entire People of God, lay and clergy alike. The vision that drives our work day in and day out is very ambitious: “Every Catholic in every walk of life leads like Jesus — as servant, steward and shepherd.” Try to imagine what our homes, our workplaces, our communities and our parishes if we ever fully realize this mission. How much pain and heartbreak would be m...

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  We encountered a glitch last week when we announced release of a new video of tips for better homilies as part of our new “Four Minute Tune-up” series of videos. Many of you saw two headlines announcing the release of ”Tips for Better Homilies” by Msgr. Mike Tierney. But clicking on either of them took you nowhere. Our apologies. With our new Weekly Catholic Leader software, we’re still on the upside of the learning curve – and it has proven to be steeper than we anticipate. So here’s what we tried to tell you last week. Msgr. Mike Tierney is a veteran pastor and...

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  Business organizations can learn from educational organizations. Health care organizations can learn from – and teach – both of them. Government departments can learn from business, and large and small businesses can learn from government agencies – and from each other. For special example of how one kind of organization can learn from another kind is found in an axiom I encountered often when teaching undergrad and MBA classes: “The best way to get a large organization to perform better is to get it to perform like a bunch of small organizations.” Certainly, both not-for-profi...

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  I vaguely recall a time in my early Catholic years when I was really, really relieved by what I learned in a religion class. That was the day I realized that while I would have to memorize all 10 commandments, I had to worry only about keeping nine of them. That first one – “I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me” – was just no sweat. The Hebrews may have been eager to worship a golden calf, but that was something that had no power to tempt me. Whew! Over the years, of course, I’ve come to understand much better the broad human temptation to pus...

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The Yeshua Institute’s new video series, “Four Minute Tune-ups,” adds a new title this week: "Tips for Better Homilies” by Msgr. Mike Tierney. Msgr. Mike is a veteran pastor and professor whose bishop called him out of retirement in 2015 to lead a parish whose pastor suddenly and unexpectedly retired. Before that he was serving several parishes regularly as a visiting priest much in demand by priest and laity alike. His short video is bound to help any priest, new or experienced, improve his homilies. Earlier this month the Yeshua Institute launched the “Four Minute Tune-ups&rdqu...

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Building a better church

Posted on December 07, 2015 in: Articles

The vision that drives our work day in and day out is very ambitious: “Every Catholic in every walk of life leads like Jesus — as servant, steward and shepherd.” Imagine what our homes, our workplaces, our communities and our parishes would be like if this vision is ever realized. Think of the pain and agony that would be missing from our lives – from everyone’s lives. Think of the things we could accomplish in Jesus’ name. We know it won’t happen overnight. But in the meantime, think of the improvements that occur as ever more people – priests and laity alike – b...

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“All the skill in the world won’t compensate for a stingy heart.” - Dan Rockwell Leadership guru Dan Rockwell lists 25 key attitudes and behaviors that every effective leader needs to embrace. But he says there is one more important than any of these: generosity. And he says there are four things you need to be generous: humility; courage; compassion; and connection.  READ MORE

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Happy reunion in Delaware

Posted on December 07, 2015 in: Articles

When Owen and Jane Phelps arrived at Jeanne Jugan Residence, the Little Sisters of the Poor’s home in Newark, DE, for an Encounter on Nov. 11, they had no inkling of the reunion that awaited them. But just before the Encounter began, one of the sisters from their St. Martin’s Home in Baltimore told Owen that their chaplain said he had already participated in an Encounter and was, in fact, trained to facilitate the program -- and that he insisted on attending this Encounter as a refresher experience. We don’t have a lot of priests trained as Facilitators, and we tend to keep in close contact with those who...

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  From Independent Catholic News Pope Francis addressed 7000 members of the Union of Italian Christian Business Executives in the Paul VI Hall Saturday, Oct. 31, and told them that companies can become places of holiness. The Union brings together Catholic entrepreneurs who set themselves the goal of being the architects for the development of the common good. He told them their emphasis on Christian formation and training -- mainly through the deepening of the social teaching of the Church -- was a noble work. He also spoke about the importance of having the right balance between work and family life. The...

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