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A Look Backwards: I. European immigrants Embattled Church Council of Baltimore Prepare for Menial Jobs Lay persons No consensus. A Look Backwards: II. The “Catholic Moment” Vatican Council Americans College-bound Religious men and women Mary Perkins Ryan

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a look backwards i
A Look Backwards: I
  • European immigrants
  • Embattled Church
  • Council of Baltimore
  • Prepare for Menial Jobs
  • Lay persons
  • No consensus
a look backwards ii
A Look Backwards: II
  • The “Catholic Moment”
  • Vatican Council
  • Americans
  • College-bound
  • Religious men and women
  • Mary Perkins Ryan
  • Organization of Parish Religious Ed
a look backwards iii
A Look Backwards: III
  • Post-modern World
  • Embarrassed(Embattled?) Church
  • Wealth and Education
  • Lay Persons
  • Preference for public education
  • New priorities
  • Consensus?
  • How will we take care of the “new immigrants”?
  • How will we take care of the students with the most needs?
  • How will we afford to take care of these needs?
  • How can we re-constitute priorities?
the future of the catholic church

The future of the Catholic Church

Rests on the quality of its leadership.


What is our role as leaders?

What is the task at hand?

What is the task ahead?

the hero s journey

S Carol Cimino

The Hero’s Journey

Transforming our role as leaders


the mythic founding
The Mythic Founding
  • Every institution has a mythic past;
  • The goal of institutions is to bring their members into the belief of that mythic founding/past;
  • Once the members have assented to belief, there is consensus on the notion of re-founding;
  • Once there is consensus on re-founding, there can be consensus on mission.
  • Are the repositories of collective wisdom;
  • Have as their goal the passing on of that wisdom;
  • Have a duty to pass on the wisdom and charism of the community.
the leader

The Leader:

Takes us to a place where we would never go alone.

Defines reality: the goal in terms of the mission.


Do something today

Which the world

May talk of hereafter

(Admiral Collingwood)

the hero in myth
The Hero in Myth
  • Begins in a state of innocence
    • Has no idea of what will be demanded
  • Leaves Home
    • We have left our zone of comfort
    • You are THEY
    • You must be noticed
    • What makes us do this?

One can never consent

To creep when one

Feels an impulse to


Helen keller

the hero
The Hero:
  • Has a mission:
    • How does the mission get “played out”?
    • What is your personal mission?
    • How does it fit into your institutional mission?
    • What drives us: mission or money?
    • Are we headed in the right direction? Emmaus

Whatever you can do or dream you can,


Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.


the hero1
The Hero:
  • Embarks on the mission
  • Reads the signs of the times
  • Understands that the journey must be undertaken.

When making a decision of minor importance,

I have always found it advantageous

to consider all the pros and cons.

In vital matters, however…

the decision should come from

the unconscious, from somewhere

within ourselves.

In the important decisions of personal life

We should be governed by the deep inner needs of our nature

(Sigmund Freud)

the hero2
The Hero:
  • Makes friends along the way
    • Who are our friends?
    • Accept all that come to us:they don’t make lepers like they used to.
    • How will we make and keep new friends?
    • How will we call upon the wisdom within and the wisdom without?
    • Who are the “keepers of the myth”?
the hero3
The Hero:
  • Meets monsters
    • Our doubts
    • Our culture
    • Our challenges:
      • Diversity
      • Technology
      • Money
      • People to take our place
    • Who are your monsters?

Whether you think you can

or think you can’t,


(Henry Ford)

the hero4
The Hero:
  • Has doubts
    • Are we the right people for the job?
    • Is the job worth doing?
    • Are we in the wrong forest?
    • Is what we are doing now what the Church needs now?
    • If not, then what?

“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t

believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,”

said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did

it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve

believed as many as six impossible things

before breakfast.”

(Lewis Carroll)

the hero5
The Hero:
  • Completes the mission and returns home changed
    • How will we know?
    • How will they know?
    • Will we be satisfied staying home?
    • What brings us “out on the road” again?
    • What about legacy? Who will come after us?
    • How will we react to the way they do it?

Chart your own journey: Where are you now?




Choice of vocation

Choice of vocation



Commitment to ministry

Commitment to place

Commitment to people


Choice of ????


Finish each day and be done with it. You have done

what you could. Some blunders and

absurdities have crept in;

Forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin

It serenely and with too high a spirit

To be encumbered with your old nonsense.


a final thought
A Final Thought:

“I find the great thing in this world is

Not where we stand, as in what direction we

Are moving. To reach the port of heaven

We must sail sometimes with the wind and

Sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift

Or lie at anchor.”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

another final thought
Another Final Thought:

We are more in need of a vision or destination and

less in need of a map.

Leaders create their own destiny by following their

internal compass.

They make their life a mission, not just a career

Stephen Covey

and yet another final thought
And yet another final thought:

I have come that they may have life and have it

In abundance.