Pastoral Leadership I & II

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 recommended by their Bishop.

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 May or June  at USML.

Pastoral Leadership II “Essential Workshops”

Intended Audience: Any new Pastor or Administrator, or experienced Pastor and Administrator in a new local church, or assignment.

  • Chicago: 1st time appointees as Pastor/Administrator – Required attendance
  • Joliet: 1st time appointees as Pastor/Administrator – highly recommended
  • Chicago: any other Pastor/Administrator interested in any workshop as a refresher
  • Other Diocese of the United States – Pastor/Administrators are welcome to attend

The first year pastor/administrator is expected to attend these four workshops:


Human Resources

This workshop covers the various legal requirements of federal and state law that pastors must know in managing the parish staff. Other “best practices” in the area of Human Resources are covered by key staff people from the Pastoral Center. A panel discussion with representatives from parish staffs offers suggestions and advice for developing a good working relationship between the pastor and parish staff. Human Resources is a 2 day, 1 overnight workshop held in August at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

August 9-10, 2016


Finance & Stewardship

This workshop helps the new pastor to understand the process of financial planning and development of a parish budget. The Chief Financial Officer for the Archdiocese of Chicago reviews “best practices to help ensure that in the parish financial operations fiscal responsibility and integrity are maintained. Members of a Parish Finance Council and Business Managers are part of a panel presentation for this workshop. Stewardship will surprise you….

Finance & Stewardship is a 2 day, 1 overnight workshop held in late October or early November at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

November 8-9, 2016


Liturgy & Catechesis

These two topics are addressed emphasizing how a Pastor needs to evolve in these critical roles of his from Associate Pastor to Pastor.

The Pastor as Liturgical Theologian segments will tap expertise from Mundelein Seminary, Liturgical Institute and/or Office of Divine Worship. Topics include liturgy for changing demographic and multi-cultural parishes, understanding the role of the Liturgy director and musicians, liturgy accessibility for all and the homily.

The Pastor as Catechist of Catechists will tap expertise from the Archdiocese and beyond on the roles of teaching, passing on the faith, Mission and Evangelization.

This workshop takes  place at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

January 30-31, 2017