USML | Administrative Assistant's Day

Institute for Ongoing Formation

Administrative Assistant's Day

They are the ‘front line’ for parishes and in every organization.  This day is set aside every year for Administrative Assistants (or secretaries or receptionists).  A day of sharing, reflection, laughter, prayer, and recognition for work done so vital to Church yet often times taken for granted.

Pastors, Administrators, Associate Pastors, Business Managers:  please give the gift of this day to these important ‘workers in the field’.  I know it is very difficult to live without them for one day – but they so love it, and they will come back refreshed and renewed. We promise!

2013  (Scroll down for details on this year's speaker and theme)

Thursday May 16th at St. Germaine - Oak Lawn 

Friday May 17th at University of St. Mary - Mundelein

The day starts at 9:00 am and includes continental breakfast, speakers in morning and afternoon, Mass, and luncheon.  Day will conclude by 3:00 pm.

Cost is $50  Contact Megan at with any questions.


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Check for $50 made payable to USML with notation Admin Day. Mail to:

USML/IOF   1000 E Maple Ave, Mundelein, IL  60060 or bring day of event.

For those who wish to use "P" Card or business credit card, please call Megan or request email form to fax in. or 847.837.4558


Putting the Pieces Together: Balancing a Welcoming Presence While tending to the Business of the Parish

With Catherine Sims

Administrative Assistants and Parish Secretaries are the ‘front line’ for parishes.  This day is set aside for parish support staff within the Archdiocese of Chicago.  

One parish office manager quoted “I’ve been asked to do so much with so little for so long that I am now able to do the impossible with nothing.”  Do you ever feel this way?  We ask our administrative assistants, secretaries and receptionists to answer the phone, handle questions, take care of those in need who come to our doors, keep records, coordinate facilities and much more.  We want all this AND we want you to be a welcoming presence and a good listener to everyone who calls or visits. 

Step away from your normal day for a day of renewal and refocus.  Learn how to keep a balance between getting the ‘job done’ while still offering your welcoming presence to those you know and the stranger at your door.  Join us for a day of sharing, reflection, laughter, prayer, and recognition for work done so vital to Church yet often times taken for granted.  You’ll walk away energized, refueled, calm and with some tools for maintaining the balance when you get back.

Catherine Sims

I love teaching, but more, I love my Catholic faith.  I feel it is an awesome gift God has given us and our response to that gift is to continue to grow into it, develop it and pass it on to others, with God’s grace.

Current Occupation: Pastoral Associate, Director of Faith Formation, St. Joseph Parish, Libertyville, IL

Academic Background:               

MASTERS (Divinity, Loyola University, Chicago, IL) 2003

MASTERS (Education / Counseling, Loyola University, Chicago, IL) 1974

CERTIFICATE OF STUDIES (Liturgical Institute / ODW, San Anselmo, Rome, Italy) 1994

BACHELORS (Music Education, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI) 1971

Pastoral Associate, St. Joseph Parish, Libertyville, IL 2002- Present

Associate Director, Lay Ministry Formation Program, USML, 2000-2002

Pastoral Associate, St. Thomas Becket, Mt. Prospect, IL 1991- 2000

Director of Liturgy and Music, St. Edward Parish, Chicago, IL 1988-1991









Administrative Professionals Day is held in late spring.  Invitations go out to previous attendees and Pastor/Administrators on Administrative Professionals Day in April via email, and also in Batch Mail.

It is always held in two locations, Thursday at St. Germaine and Friday at USML.


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