Co-Responsibility: Cultivating Hope in the Face of Disappointment

Posted by John Cavadini on Mar 3, 2020 10:16:53 AM

If you are like me, the news of Jean Vanier’s abuse and manipulation of six women receiving spiritual direction was a gut-wrenching combination of disappointment, disillusionment, and disgust.

In the face of seemingly endless iterations of scandal in the Church, there was at least Jean Vanier. He was one of the beacons of hope and renewal and reform, a layman who had succeeded in creating, in L’Arche, a new form of communion and evangelization. A real lay leader in the Church. Someone whom we thought of as a harbinger of the ideals of “co-responsibility for the being and acting of the Church,” to use Pope Benedict’s words.

Here was hope for a new vision of leadership in the Church. But even this hope was dashed. Back to the drawing board. Find another beacon of hope and harbinger of renewal. But we’re running out! I thought. Where do we go from here?

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Topics: leadership, Hope, L'Arche, Jean Vanier, Called & Co-Responsible Conference, co-responsibility

Women Who Inspire Us: Meet Venus Salinas Wozniak

Posted by The Editors on Jan 22, 2020 2:01:00 PM

Editorial Note: This month, we want to hold up women working in the Church whose dedication to ministry and service of God and neighbor is nothing short of inspiring. We hope you'll be inspired by their stories too.

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Topics: lay ecclesial ministry, leadership, women in the Church, ministry, Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Worker

Women Who Inspire Us: Meet Andrea Blanco

Posted by The Editors on Jan 16, 2020 7:08:00 AM

Editorial Note: This month, we want to hold up women working in the Church whose dedication to ministry and service of God and neighbor is nothing short of inspiring. We hope you'll be inspired by their stories too.

Through her work, Andrea Blanco performs the vitally important task of supporting and forming Latino/a pastoral ministers, ensuring that they are well-equipped for the various needs of their ministries as they contribute to the continued growth and flourishing of the Hispanic Catholic Church.

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Topics: lay ecclesial ministry, leadership, women in the Church

Called & Co-Responsible: Renewing Leadership for the Evangelizing Mission of the Church

Posted by John Cavadini on Nov 19, 2019 1:46:29 PM

Editorial Note: This post is an excerpt from a longer article, published on Church Life Journal on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Read the full version here.

What is leadership in the Church?

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Topics: lay ecclesial ministry, leadership, evangelization, Called & Co-Responsible Conference

Dr. Norman Francis, Notre Dame’s 2019 Laetare Medal awardee

Posted by Bill Schmitt on May 17, 2019 7:02:00 AM

 

At Notre Dame’s 174th University Commencement Ceremony on May 19, Dr. Norman C. Francis, the longtime president of Xavier University of Louisiana, will receive the 2019 Laetare Medal. This premier symbol annually honoring American Catholics will celebrate Francis’ “leadership in the fight for social justice through educational empowerment,” as University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, recently put it in a news release.

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Topics: Catholic education, communion of saints, leadership, vocation

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