As a Church and society, we have faced a year like none other. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, Leadership Roundtable welcomes you to join us for an interactive, two-day event, where together with Catholic leaders from across the globe, we will explore Building a Church for the Future: Mission, Stewardship, and Restoring Trust in a Post-Pandemic World.
There are many challenges facing the Church today. Collectively, we look toward healing and strengthening our Church and caring for its resources as we move forward post-pandemic.
During this immersive virtual Summit, we will assess the current landscape of the Church and create actionable solutions that emphasize exemplary stewardship of Church finances and assets, the better care of people, rebuilding trust, and harnessing potential — all in service to the Church’s mission. Specific sessions will include:
- Session 1: Healing and Strengthening our Catholic Community in the U.S
The past year has brought many challenges to the Church and its leaders. In this session, we will look at the impacts of the pandemic, the specific challenges we face as a Church, and what those have taught us. We will explore where we are now and how we build upon what has happened these last 18 months, and importantly, how we heal and strengthen our Catholic community, how we restore and rebuild trust, and what is needed to do so.
- Session 2: Stewardship of People
To steward is to take care of something and render an account for our stewardship. In this session, we will discuss the stewardship of the Church’s most important resource: its people. We will build upon past discussions for building a synodal Church through increasing the number of young adults, women, and people of color to the leadership table. We will look at the role of co-responsible finance councils and how we develop and support lay leadership surrounding Church finances, and share the on-going work of a joint effort to address the financial crisis that began with a convening of national Catholic finance experts in March.
- Session 3: Stewardship of Financial Resources
Stewardship requires not just care, but responsible and ethical management of that which is entrusted to one’s care. In this session we will dive deeper into the issue of how the Church manages its financial resources. We will discuss how to establish long-term financial stability and access to capital, and utilizing and strengthening the Church’s assets. We will explore financial best practices and benchmarks — including training in both — and address standardized and more regular financial reporting and benchmarks.
- Session 4: Stewardship of Potential
For Church leaders, it is also important to recognize and take proper care of the potential at hand. In this session we will probe the many assets at the Church’s disposal — the expertise, creativity, and diversity of its people together with financial instruments, property and land, Catholic generosity and a commitment to strength and how to utilize those assets to strengthen the financial health of the Church.
We hope you will plan to join us virtually this September for two days of engaging conversation, innovative ideas and high-level networking!
“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
The J. Donald Monan, SJ Distinguished Catholic Philanthropy Medal seeks to inspire a culture of giving that promotes excellence in Church management and leadership. We look to recognize outstanding Catholic philanthropists 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.
During the 2021 Virtual Catholic Partnership Summit, we will celebrate three Catholic philanthropists who have made significant contributions to the Church during the past year with the awarding of the J. Donald Monan, SJ Distinguished Catholic Philanthropy Medal.