Diocesan Leadership Models From Around the Globe

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Promoting Co-Responsible Governance in the Church in Australia in Response to the Sexual
Abuse Crisis
Friday, October 9 at 11:00 AM EDT

Massimo Faggioli, PhD is full professor in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. He was on the faculty at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota) from 2009 to 2016, where he was the founding director of the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship. Since 2017 he has been an adjunct professor at the Broken Bay Institute – The Australian Institute of Theological Education in Sydney, Australia.

Leading From the Middle in the US Church: Parish Teams and Collaboration
Friday, October 16 at 11:00 AM EDT

Marti R. Jewell, DMin, is associate professor emerita, having previously served as associate professor of pastoral theology and graduate program director in the Neuhoff School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. In 2017 she was named the University’s “Michael A. Haggar Scholar.” She directed the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project, a national research initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., designed to study excellence in parish leadership. Previously she served as a diocesan director in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Most recently she led a national research project for “Foundation and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities” (FADICA). The project, Open Wide the Doors to Christ, conducted an extensive survey of pastoral leaders, bishops, and pastors interested in parish vitality and Catholic social innovation.

The Leader in the Catholic Church in India – Quo Vadis? Exploring How Culture and Context Have Shaped Leadership Models and Models of Leadership
Friday, October 23 at 11:00 AM EDT

Leo Fernandez is the CEO and co-founder of TalentEase, an organization dedicated to “Creating tomorrow’s leaders today.” Leo was last a partner/managing director with Accenture in Singapore, running outsourcing businesses across the Asia Pacific region. His strengths have been creating and building high performance, multi-cultural teams and turning around business operations. He has had a 20 year corporate career in leadership positions heading businesses in India and the Asia Pacific region. After 8 years in Singapore he returned to India to pursue his dream of working with children and young adults.

Church Leadership in Belgium: Challenges on the Interplay Between Identity, Communication, and Leadership
Friday, October 30 at 11:00 AM EDT

Wim Vandewiele, PhD is a Belgian sociologist and a social and cultural anthropologist currently servicing as asassistant professor of the Faculty of Theology and Religious studies (KU Leuven). He is a member of the Research Unit Pastoral and Empirical Theology and holds the ‘Father Léon de Foere Chair’. Dr. Vandewiele is also a professor of sociology of religion at the International Institute Canon Triest  and is a Visiting Scholar in the Centre for Child Protection (Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome). He is also part-time staff member at Curando O.L.V. van 7 Weeën Ruiselede vzw, an institution for geriatric care, where he is responsible for the pastoral and ethical policy of the organization.