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5 Encounters planned in Iowa

Posted on January 11, 2016 in: Articles

Five of the Yeshua Institute’s 1-day Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter training programs will be offered in the Dubuque Archdiocese in the next four months. Why care about leadership if you don’t have a prominent position somewhere? Easy! Anytime we try to influence anyone else, we are taking on the role of leader. So all of us are called to be leaders some of the time. That means leadership is not a choice, it’s a mandate. The only choice is what kind of leaders we will be. And the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter experience helps people learn how to lead like the ...

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Pope Francis didn’t wait for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to begin next Monday. Getting a jump on that observance, he addressed the topic of Christian unity at a prayer service in St. Paul’s Basilica in Rome Sunday, Jan. 10, attended by Orthodox and Anglican dignitaries. "So many past controversies between Christians can be overcome when we put aside all polemical or apologetic approaches, and seek instead to grasp more fully what unites us," the pope said. "We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one ...

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New video: How to get more volunteers

Posted on January 11, 2016 in: Articles

If you’re interested in learning how to get more volunteers in your parish, you’ll want to watch the newest in our series of 4 Minute Tune-up videos. “How to Get Volunteers” is the title of the new video by Msgr. Mike Tierney, a veteran pastor and teacher who is part of the Yeshua Institute team and has years of experience recruiting and developing volunteers in a variety of parish settings. Among other things, Msgr. Mike says it’s important “to sit down with people on a one-to-one basis” and explain to them exactly what a particular volunteer post involves. That helps them g...

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If you’re a subscriber to The Catholic Leader, when your next issue arrives this Wednesday, Jan. 13, you will notice that we are still tinkering with the format. Our goal is to serve you and the worldwide Catholic community better. We received several compliments when The Catholic Leader switched to a clean, simple format a couple of months ago, and we hope the new design preserves that for readers. We also loved the feature on our new website that compiled the weekly newsletters completely automatically from stories we posted on the site. However, the system did not allow us enough access and flexibility wi...

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Five Encounters coming in Iowa

Posted on January 04, 2016 in: Articles

The Yeshua Institute’s 1-day Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter training program will be offered five times in the Dubuque Archdiocese in the next four months. Anytime anyone tries to influence anyone else, they are taking on the role of leader. So all of us are called to be leaders some of the time. Leadership is not a choice, it’s a mandate. The only choice is what kind of leaders we will be, and the Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter experience helps people learn how to Lead like Jesus. Here are the Encounters people can attend in Iowa: Cedar Rapids, St. Ludmila Parish...

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Anyone with more than a passing familiarity with their church and culture knows that a lot of the news about individual religious participation and parish vitality isn’t good these days. Across the developed world: Mass attendance is down – in some places precipitously. The numbers of people being baptized, married and buried in the church are declining.. The percentage of people who say that religious faith is important or very important to them continues to drop. At the same time, there are pockets of great growth and vitality to be found. In many places where parish faith communities come t...

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Goal boosters break the cycle in 2016

Posted on January 03, 2016 in: Articles

Dan McCarthy, director of Executive Development Programs at the University of New Hampshire, offers a quick, handy checklist of 10 ideas to help us grow as leaders in 2016. There’re all good ideas. But as he says, all too often the best intentions we have at the start of the year quickly wash out into a sea of fatigue and apathy – and nothing changes. That’s why you’ll want to focus in on his three “goal boosters” to help assure that any goals you set this year actually get accomplished. Read more here.  

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Yes, it’s still early in the year and Lent is more than four weeks away. But if you or your parish is looking for Lenten small group study materials, we’ve got two modest suggestions: We’ll be publishing a free 6-week study guide on Pope Francis’ widely acclaimed apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). It will be available by the end of January, ahead of Ash Wednesday on Feb. 10. To reserve your copy, request it from Here4U@YeshuaLeader.com. Participants will need copies of the pope’s exhortation to use the study guide. It can be downloaded free from the Vatican ...

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In The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus, we suggest nine habits to help you stay on track as a Jesus-like S3 Leader. The first three are: Practice solitude Pray daily Read scripture often Last issue we suggested you pick one of the nine to focus on in 2016. But as it turns out, you can address all three of the habits above with this brief daily meditation from St. Paul’s New Testament letters: Brothers and sisters, Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another,...

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