From Crisis to Co-Responsibility: Creating a New Culture of Leadership

February 28-29, 2020 | Washington, D.C.

Leadership Roundtable is pleased to announce the 2020 Catholic Partnership Summit. This event creates a space for Church leaders to address the most pressing Church management challenges and opportunities of our times. This year’s theme is “From Crisis to Co-Responsibility: A New Culture of Leadership.” We will explore what aspects of the current leadership culture led to the twin crises of abuse and leadership failures, and imagine the future we want to create together. What does an accountable, transparent, and co-responsible Church look like? Topics will include:

  • Envisioning a new culture grounded in servant leadership
  • Embracing co-responsible governance and leadership models
  • Integrating ethical financial management and stewardship
  • Creating authentic and welcoming leadership roles for young adult Catholics

There will also be a celebratory dinner in which we will honor four prominent Catholic philanthropic families who have made significant contributions to leadership and management excellence in our Church.

Join us for two days of engaging conversation, innovative ideas, and high-level networking. Together, we will develop actionable recommendations that will be shared widely to help renew our Church.

“The Catholic Partnership Summit provides a wonderful opportunity to advance our Holy Father’s vision for managerial best practices to better serve God’s people and promote the Gospel. I look forward to welcoming Catholics from across the country for conversation and collaboration to promote good models of management and leadership that will support the local Church in the United States.”

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Papal Nuncio


          • Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nunciature
          • Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archdiocese of Boston
          • Cardinal Joseph Tobin, CSsR, Archdiocese of Newark
          • Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Archdiocese of Washington
          • Archbishop José Gomez, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
          • Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Archdiocese of Malta & Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
          • Mr. Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief Services
          • Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious
          • Sister Mary Haddad, RSM, Catholic Health Association
          • Father Dennis Holschneider, CM, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
          • Sister Donna Markham, OP, Catholic Charities USA
          • Father Mark Padrez, OP, Conference of Major Superiors of Men
          • Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ, Leadership Conference of Women Religious

The Process

For each session, speakers and participants are invited to:

          • Set a vision for a new leadership culture, highlighting the values of accountability, transparency, and co-responsibility,
          • Point to examples where a new culture is emerging and provide concrete solutions for how it can be advanced in local communities,
          • Offer resources and recommendations;
          • Promote dialogue at conference tables to enable everyone to share from their experience and reflect on how they could implement some of the practical ideas in their particular roles.

The top recommendations will be collected and published in a Summit report. For a sample, view last year’s report, Heal the Body of Christ.

J. Donald Monan, SJ Distinguished Catholic Philanthropy Medal

The Monan Medal will be presented at the Catholic Partnership Summit’s dinner. The Monan Medal seeks to inspire a culture of giving that promotes excellence in Church management and leadership. We look to recognize outstanding Catholic philanthropist families who exemplify the legacy of the former president of Boston College, Father J. Donald Monan, SJ. His life was a living testimony to how best practices, implemented in collaboration between clergy and laity, can transform a Catholic institution to bring excellence to management and mission.

Location, Schedule, Details

Fairmont Hotel
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Friday, February 28, 2020

          • Mass
          • Morning Session: Envisioning a new culture grounded in servant leadership
          • Afternoon Session: Embracing co-responsible governance and leadership models
          • Afternoon Session: Integrating ethical financial management and stewardship
          • Monan Medal Dinner & Ceremony

Saturday, February 29, 2020

          • Morning Session: Creating authentic leadership roles for young adult Catholics

A list of speakers is forthcoming.

Business Attire for Day, Semi-formal for Evening

If you are interested in attending, please contact