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Leadership Institute Webinars - Administrative

 

Category: Administrative

A series of webinars focused on “Administrative”. Click on the "Webinar" link to view each webinar video. For more webinars on other topics, click on a category link in the right column.

Using the Leadership Institute in a Group Setting

This webinar shares the experience of the Diocese of Beaumont, TX in using this track with various groups through the development of questions for discussion based on the existing webinars. The practical steps of planning and implementation will be discussed.

Webinar | © 2013 Dr. Lorraine DeLuca and Paul Thomas. Used with permission.

Presenter

Lorraine DeLucaDr. Lorraine S. DeLuca

Born and raised in Norwalk, CT, Dr. Lorraine S. DeLuca was a life-long resident of Norwalk until moving to Beaumont in 1997 to become the Director of the Office of Lifelong Catholic Formation/Education for the Diocese of Beaumont. Previously she ministered as a PCL for sixteen years in various parishes in the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT in children and adult catechesis and the RCIA. Dr. DeLuca received a Master of Arts in Adult Religious Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY in 1981, and a Doctor of Education in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY in 1994.  She also served on the Executive Committee and Board of the NCCL where she was elected Treasurer in 2006.

 

Paul ThomasMr. Paul J. Thomas

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Paul eventually relocated to Rhode Island where he worked for the Diocese of Providence for over 20 years as a Parish Music Director and managed an inner city drop in center. In 2003 he relocated to Beaumont, TX filling the position of Parish Social Ministry Director for Catholic Charities. Recognizing the need and opportunity to address formation, he accepted the position he currently holds as Associate Director in the Office of Lifelong Catholic Formation/Education for the Diocese of Beaumont. Paul believes that ongoing education and formation of conscience are essential for the transformation of society. Along with his formal education in music through Rhode Island College and Berklee College of Music, Paul also began his theological studies through evening courses at Providence College. He continues his own commitment to formation through the University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF).


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Collaboration and Staff Building Skills

Recently Bro. Loughlan was invited to present to the staff of a neo-natal clinic at a large hospital. They had asked him to address the topic of collaboration. When asked why they chose this topic, the head doctor said, "If we don't collaborate, children die." Bro. Loughlan believes that if we do not collaborate in our Catholic education and formation programs, our people suffer. Collaboration can transform the educational and catechetical community. This presentation will explore the practical aspects for improving our collaborative approach to Catholic education and catechesis.

Part I: Collaboration (00:00:00 - 00:26:21)
Part II: Obstacles to Collaboration (00:26:22 - 00:51:59)
Part III: Forgiveness (00:52:00 - 1:02:00)

Webinar | Part I Discussion | Part II Discussion | Part III Discussion
| © 2010 Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T. Used with permission

Presenter

sofield_bro_webBro. Loughlan Sofield, S.T.

Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T., is a Missionary Servant of the Most Holy Trinity. He is Senior Editor of Human Development magazine. In addition to publishing numerous articles on ministry, he is co-author of many books. 

He has served as Director of the Missionary Servant Center for Collaborative Ministry, Director of the Washington Archdiocesan Consultation and Counseling Center, and Assistant Director of the Center for Religion and Psychiatry, Washington, D.C. Brother Loughlan has worked in over 200 dioceses in five continents. Brother has served on the faculty of or lectured at the Washington Theological Union, Georgetown University, and University of San Francisco, Catholic University of Louvain and Notre Dame University.  He has conducted programs of clergy education and provided consultation to dioceses.

Loughlan has been a recipient of a number of awards including the following. The "Lumen Gentium" award (1997) was conferred on him by the Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development as an individual "who has implemented the direction and goals of the Second Vatican Council in an extraordinary manner." The "Gaudium et Spes" award (1997) was presented to him by the National Association of Lay Ministry for someone who has "witnessed to the vision of Church articulated in the documents of the Second Vatican Council and who in a special way has advocated and fostered the enhanced role of laity."


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Legal Issues

This session will provide an overview of the law as it pertains to Diocesan Educators and Catholic Leaders. Comparisons of public and private law will be given with reference to legal cases. This session will include the legal and technological challenges that educators face each day. Topics that will be addressed include: Social Networking Sites, Blogs, E-Mail dangers, cell phones, sexting, etc.

Part I (00:00:00 - 00:21:38)
Part II (00:21:39 - 00:38:59)
Part III (00:39:00 - 1:01:45)

Webinar | Part I Discussion | Part II Discussion | Part III Discussion
| © 2010 Sarah Wannemuehler, PhD. Used with permission

Presenter

Leadership Institute - Sarah WannemuehlerSarah Wannemuehler, PhD

Dr. Sarah Wannemuehler has been involved in private and public education for over thirty nine years. She has taught at all levels of education for thirty-nine years. She has taught at all levels of education from kindergarten through graduate school. She has also served as assistant-principal and principal in Catholic schools in Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina.  

Dr. Wannemuehler holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Indiana; a master's degree from Indiana University; and an educational specialist degree and doctorate degree from Spalding University. Dr. Wannemuehler is an instructor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and the University of San Francisco ICEL program. She is presently the Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Aquinas College in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Wannemuehler is a member of the Education Law Association. She is a national lecturer on the topic of Education Law.


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Communication Skills for the Diocesan Administrator

Making sure your message is heard is the topic of this practical presentation on effective messaging and media.

Part I (00:00:00 - 00:19:10)
Part II (00:19:11 - 00:38:51)
Part III (00:38:52 - 00:50:48)

Webinar | Q & A | Discussion Questions
| © 2010 Susan Gibbs. Used with permission

Presenter

Leadership Institute - Susan GibbsSusan Gibbs

As the former executive director of communications for the Archdiocese of Washington. Susan Gibbs worked closely with the archbishop, her colleagues, parishes and schools on communications strategies and response. She has particular experience in crisis communications and in building positive relationships with the media. She managed the media for Pope Benedict XVI's 2008 Mass in Washington, DC; for a papal elector during the 2005 papal transition; and as an on-site volunteer for Catholic Relief Service during the 2006 war in Lebanon. Susan previously served as communications director for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and as the first director of public relations for the Diocese of Camden. She has appeared on the major national and international networks and in publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Susan Gibbs currently serves as a Communications Consultant.

She holds an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and a master's degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


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Diocesan Level Strategic Planning: An Opportunity to Discover Insurmountable Opportunities

Strategic planning is one of the most important tools by which diocesan leaders carry out their responsibilities to anticipate problems and opportunities, and to set a course that takes into account complicated and ever-changing internal and external conditions. Properly conducted, strategic planning is a simple, effective and powerful process that allows diocesan leaders to apply the organization's best thinking on how to cope with challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

Part I (00:00:00 - 00:21:00)
Part II (00:21:01 - 00:41:13)
Part III (00:41:14 - 1:01:00)

Webinar | Q & A | Discussion Questions | © 2010 Regina Haney, EdD. Used with permission

Presenter

Leadership Institute - Regina HaneyRegina Haney, EdD

Regina is the executive director of the Department of Boards and Councils, a department of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Regina has also served as assistant executive director of the Department of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE), NCEA, from 1997 to 2001. During the 1991-92 and 1996-97 school years, Regina served as acting director of CACE. Prior to joining NCEA in 1990, Regina served for nine years as the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Regina has a number of publications including two 2009 co-authored titles: Haney, R., O'Brien, J., & Sheehan, L. A Primer on Educational Governance in the Catholic Church (2nd ed.), and another by her and O'Keefe, J. (Eds.) Design for Success I: New Configurations for Catholic Schools.

Her education includes a BA, a MEd, Reading Specialist, and an EdD from St. Mary's University of Minnesota.


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Leadership for the Third Millennium

Bishop Malone will affirm and challenge participants to answer the call to dedicated service in the Church as diocesan administrators. He will issue a dual challenge to sustained enthusiasm for the role entrusted to each new or veteran diocesan administrator and to commitment to growth and ongoing development in that role of service. The bishop will provide some glimpses of the kind of challenges that may lie ahead and the spiritual and material resources available to address those challenges.

Webinar | Q & A | Discussion Questions
| © 2010 Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, ThD. Used with permission

Presenter

Leadership Institute - Bishop Richard MaloneMost Rev. Richard J. Malone, ThD,
Bishop of Portland,
Chairman of the Bishops Committee on Evangelization & Catechesis

Bishop Richard Joseph Malone is the 11th Bishop of Portland. He was installed as Bishop of Portland on March 31, 2004 after serving as auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston, South Region. 

Bishop Richard Joseph Malone was born in Salem, MA on March 19th, 1946 and was raised in Hamilton and Beverly, MA. He graduated in 1964 from St. John's Prep, Danvers and began his seminary college years at Cardinal O'Connell Seminary in Jamaica Plain. He graduated from St. John Seminary, Boston with a B.A. in Philosophy, a Bachelors degree in Divinity and a Masters degree in Theology. In 1981, Bishop Malone earned a Doctorate in Theology (ThD) at Boston University and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge in 1990. 

Bishop Malone was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 20th, 1972 by then-Archbishop Humberto Medeiros and was assigned to St. Patrick Parish, Stoneham as Associate Pastor. In 1974, he was named to the faculty of St. Clement High School, Somerville; two years later he joined the faculty and served as chaplain at Xaverian High School, Westwood. He was appointed to the faculty of his alma mater, St. John Seminary College in 1979 where he taught religious and theological studies. He also served as registrar and academic dean during his tenure. During those same years, he was a part-time chaplain at Wellesley (Wellesley, MA) and Regis (Weston, MA) Colleges and taught at Emmanuel College, Boston. In 1990, the Bishop was assigned to the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Center as chaplain at St. Paul Parish. He accepted the position of Director of the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese in 1993; two years later he was named Secretary for Education, the cabinet position which oversees all the educational activities of the Archdiocese. In March of 2000, he was ordained Titular Bishop of Aptuca and appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, South Region. 

The 11th Bishop of Portland has produced and hosted television programs for Boston Catholic Television; has been the archdiocesan liaison with the local Jewish community; and has lectured nationally on Catholic education. 

Bishop Malone has one sister, Harriet Malone, who teaches art at St. John's Prep., Danvers, MA.


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Bonus Integration Session

Utilizing the ideas from the previous presentations, this session will provide an integrated look at the issues facing a diocesan administrator of Catholic Schools or Catechesis/Religious Education. Rather than a chronological review of the topics, key themes that emerged from the various topics will form the basis of the presentation and the points of the various speakers will be intertwined into a wholistic picture rather than eleven compartmentalized online subjects.

Webinar | © 2010 Leland Nagel. Used with permission

Presenter

Leadership Institute - Lee NagelLeland Nagel

Leland Nagel held a variety of positions on both the diocesan and university level. He is the former Director of Education for the Diocese of Green Bay. Lee was completing his dissertation at the Alliant International University in San Diego, California for his doctorate in Leadership and Human Behavior. He was the Executive Director of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. His message was motivational and inspirational. A faith-filled storyteller, Lee Nagel was an educator by profession and a catechist by vocation, a teacher by trade and an evangelist by Baptism. Lee passed away in 2014.


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