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Entries for February 2016

The Yeshua Institute’s latest video, How Priests Can Avoid Burnout, is now available on our website. Featuring veteran pastor and teacher Msgr. Mike Tierney, this new video is the latest in the Yeshua Institute’s series of 4 Minute Tune-ups, dealing with a variety of topics of interest to a variety of audiences. In this video, Msgr. Mike looks at the life of Jesus for clues to how priests can avoid burnout in their ministries. To view the video, click here. To visit the Yeshua Institute’s complete Video Gallery, click here.

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Five Encounters on tap in March, April

Posted on February 27, 2016 in: Articles

Five Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are scheduled in the near future. All but two open to the public. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training program where the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus is presented with a rich mix of videos, large and small group discussion, self-discovery exercises and live presentations. The program has drawn high praise from Catholic laity and clergy in all walks of life in six countries on three continents. Upcoming Encounters include: March 18 in Rockford, IL at  the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. Click here for...

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The Yeshua Institute’s latest video, Veteran Priest Talks About Building Parish Community, is now available on our website. Featuring veteran pastor, counselor and diocesan administrator Father David Beauvais, it’s the latest in the Yeshua Institute’s series of 4 Minute Tune-ups, dealing with a variety of topics of interest to a variety of audiences. In this video, Father Dave addresses his remarks primarily to priests who want to help their parishes become stronger faith communities. To view the video, click here. To visit the Yeshua Institute’s complete Video Gallery, click here. ...

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  Six Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are scheduled in the near future, and all but two are open to the public. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training program where the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus is presented with a rich mix of videos, large and small group discussion, self-discovery exercises and live presentations. The program has drawn high praise from Catholic laity and clergy in all walks of life in six countries on three continents. Upcoming Encounters include: March 3 in Cedar Rapids, IA at St. Matthew Parish. People who sign up thr...

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I was talking with a friend of mine who is a funeral director the other day and the subject of ties came up. He was wearing one; I wasn’t. “I’m starting to resent it,” he said with a big smile on his face. “I went to the bank and the banker wasn’t wearing a tie. I saw my lawyer and he didn’t have a tie on either. I think I’m about the only person who still has to wear a tie and I’m starting to resent it.” I was glad to see he was still smiling. “I’ve noticed that too,” I agreed. “A lot of CEOs go on television with open collars. Even ...

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One of topics discussed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month was how the gap in trust between elites and the general population is growing around the world. The authoritative 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer indicates that while the best informed people around the world are trusting NGOs, businesses and government more, that’s not true for the world’s general population. As a result, the gap in trust between the two groups is of record size – and highest in the U.S., where the difference is 20 points. Edelman’s website reported the gap is “driven by income ine...

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A recent weekday homily by Pope Francis revived vivid memories of my days teaching junior high students in our parish’s religious education program. As is typical of newly emerging teens in our culture, they were inclined to see the Bible as just one more pious artifact that had little or no relevance to their hip interests and cool lifestyles. As luck would have it, my no-pay job was to teach them about the Old Testament. So on Saturday mornings I rolled out of bed early, got dressed, filled a thermos full of hot black coffee, grabbed my notebook and Bible, and headed down the road – often a frozen and slip...

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Four Encounters coming soon

Posted on February 15, 2016 in: Articles

Four Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are scheduled in the near future in Illinois and Iowa. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training program where the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus is presented with a rich mix of videos, large and small group discussion, self-discovery exercises and live presentations. The program has drawn rave reviews from Catholic laity and clergy in all walks of life in six countries on three continents. You can register here for an Encounter on Friday, March 18, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Rockford, IL. It joins a ...

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The Yeshua Institute’s latest video, Dealing With Difficult People, is now available on our website. Featuring veteran pastor and teacher Msgr. Mike Tierney, it’s the latest in the Yeshua Institute’s series of 4 Minute Tune-ups, dealing with a variety of topics of interest to a variety of audiences. In this video, Msgr. Mike addresses his remarks to Catholic laity and priests who may find themselves dealing with difficult people at home, on the job or in their parishes. To view the video, click here. To visit the Yeshua Institute’s complete Video Gallery, click here.  

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Register for Encounters now

Posted on February 09, 2016 in: Articles

Five Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounters are scheduled in the near future in Illinois and Iowa. With a rich mix of videos, large and small group discussion, self-discovery exercises and live presentations, the Encounter has drawn rave reviews from Catholics in all walks of life in six countries on three continents. You can register here for an Encounter on Friday, March 18, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Rockford, IL. It joins a list of four Encounters scheduled in the Dubuque (IA) Archdiocese in the next three months: Dubuque, Holy Ghost Parish, Saturday, Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m. - 3...

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Lent: Why bother?

Posted on February 09, 2016 in: Articles

If you’re wondering why you should even bother with Lent this year, consider this: the point of the season is to help us come closer to adopting the heart and mind of Jesus. That would seem pretty elementary if you aspire to be Jesus-like leader. And if that is your aspiration, it’s time to see Lent as an opportunity – not another hoop you have to jump through. The traditions of Lent are designed to help prepare us to celebrate Jesus’ defeat of death for us at Easter and his Great Commission to us at his Ascension to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). The Chur...

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It’s encouraging to see so many people show up in churches on Ash Wednesday, the fact remains that it’s difficult for busy people to find the time to use the Lenten season well to grow spiritually. We mean well. But as Jesus tells us, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Mt. 26:41). That said, there are plenty of quick, easy and free online opportunities to help us grow in our faith during Lent – and many of them remain available to us all through the year. We can’t possibly list them all. In fact, a Google search for “online opportunities to grow in Lent” ...

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Our new free Study Guide for Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel is now available for download on the Yeshua Institute’s website. “It’s being published just ahead of Lent so that parish-based and other small groups can make use of it during that season,” said Owen Phelps, Director of the Yeshua Institute. “With six sessions, it’s ideal for those who want to explore Pope Francis’ vision for the Church and for each of its individual members during Lent." Lent begins next Wednesday, Feb. 10, with Ash Wednesday. There are two ways to download the...

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  The Church’s observance of National Marriage Week Feb. 7-13, culminating in World Marriage Day Feb. 14, reminds us that the most important leadership role most persons will ever have is in their home with their spouse and any children they have. That’s true even if you’re the CEO of a vast international conglomerate. No matter what your job, your home life is more important. It’s also true that the very best leadership performance occurs in homes, not on the job. And that’s because good parents love their children more than bosses love their employees -- and love is what fuels ...

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Encounters scheduled in Illinois, Iowa

Posted on February 02, 2016 in: Articles

A Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter  is scheduled in Rockford, IL, on Friday, March 18, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. It joins a list of four Encounters scheduled in the Dubuque (IA) Archdiocese in the next three months. The Encounter is the Yeshua Institute’s signature 1-day training experience to teach people how to be S3 Jesus-like Leaders at home, at work, in their parishes and in their communities. “Leadership is an influence process,” says Yeshua Institute Director Owen Phelps. “Anytime we try to influence anyone else, they are acting as a leader. So...

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We’ve launched a new Video Gallery that makes browsing our catalog of Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus videos much easier. We hope you check it out and find it helpful in your own efforts to be a Jesus-like S3 Leader. We’ve also added a new video about the ecumenical jail ministry supported by the Yeshua Institute and led by Yeshua Institute board member Dick Kunnert and Lead Like Jesus facilitator Ruth Fairchild. It’s a moving 3-minute portrait of Dick and Ruth’s commitment to serve prisoners. Click here to see all the titles in our video library. Click here to see the short vid...

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