For those who want to live, love and lead like Jesus, a Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus Encounter is a great place to start.

The 1-day program is a rich mix of videos, live presentations, large and small group discussions and self-discovery exercises that inspire and challenge Catholics to embrace Jesus as their model in all of their relationships.

Chicago-area Catholics have a special opportunity to participate in an Encounter on Saturday, April 16, when the Little Sisters of the Poor host the program at their St. Joseph’s Home in Palatine, IL. Two special notes about the program:

  • the facilitator for the day is Dr. Owen Phelps, author of The Catholic Vision for Leading Like Jesus; and,
  • the cost for the day is just $25, including all materials, lunch and snack breaks -- a fraction of the usual fee for the Encounter.

“The Little Sisters really want to help their fellow Catholics learn how to be Jesus-like Leaders,” says Dr. Phelps, director of the Yeshua Institute.

“Anytime anyone tries to influence anyone else they are taking on the role of leader -- so everyone is a leader some of the time,” Dr. Phelps explains. “At the Encounter we try to equip people to be effective leaders in their homes, workplaces, parishes and other communities of which they are a part.”

The program has drawn praise from Catholics in six countries on three continents.

The Saturday, April 16 program runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Home, 80 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL. However, all registrations are being handled online. Click here for more information or to register. The deadline is Thursday, April 7, but space is limited and registrations will close earlier if all available spaces are filled.

Encounter in Iowa

Another Encounter will be held April 28, in Osage, IA at Sacred Heart Parish. People who sign up through their parish can attend at no charge. The cost for others to participate is $79.

For more information or to register, contact Dan Rohner at  or 563-556-2580, ext 283.


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