USML | Pastoral Leadership I “Spirit & Vision”

Programs for Priests

Pastoral Leadership I “Spirit & Vision”

Intended Audience

Priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago, who have received their first appointment as Pastor or Administrator, and those who are seriously considering applying to become a pastor.

The Monday evening through Thursday conference is mandatory for first-time pastors/administrators of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  New pastors from other dioceses are welcomed to attend.  This initial level program helps to foster priestly fraternity so that the group can continue to be a resource of support after the sessions.  The purpose of the conference is also to provide newly appointed pastors/administrators with a deeper understanding of the duties and responsibilities they will assume.  Through a series of presentations by experienced pastors, this conference examines the various roles of a pastor.  The pastor needs to have a solid spiritual foundation in daily prayer.  He is both the leader of a faith community and an administrator.  He has specific canonical responsibilities.  The pastor should develop a pastoral plan for the parish.  The new pastor should acquire a sense of the “best practices” for pastoral leadership.  All of these topics are covered in this workshop. For further information please click on “contact us.”

This workshop is held in spring, usually the first week of May at USML.

Contact Us

          Rev. Martin Zielinski, Vice President , Institute for Ongoing Formation

           Phone:  847-970-4875 or  Email:

           Megan Deichl, Associate Director, Institute for Ongoing Formation

           Phone:  847-837-4558 or Email:

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