Leadership Training Workshop Set for June 7 to 9 in Maryland

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Friars of Holy Name Province are invited to participate in a Practical Workshop on Pastoral Leadership at Holy Name College June 7 through 9. Key ideas from the Bowen Systems Theory, particularly helpful to survive and flourish as a pastoral leader in ministry, will be presented and discussed, according to Mark Reamer, OFM, who is organizing the event. Friars are asked to register by June 1.

“For those who are coming for the first time, there will be an orientation session to Bowen Systems Theory as it relates to pastoral leadership on Tuesday morning, June 7,” said Mark, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh, N.C. “For friars who have previously participated, the workshop will begin Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and conclude on Thursday at noon. In particular, this gathering will provide input for those who are in the midst of managing transition to a new leadership position.”

Two books, which will be used as primary source materials, need to be read before the workshop:
 Leaders who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry by Margaret J. Marcuson
 A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix by Edwin H. Friedman

Familiarity with these books will make the workshop valuable to attendees, said Mark, who for five years has been studying BST as it applies to pastoral leadership. In summer 2010, Mark participated in a four-month renewal program, while on sabbatical, to explore in-depth an approach to church organization and pastoral leadership using BST.

Next month’s workshop will be facilitated by Fr. Robert Duggan, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Fr. Duggan serves as a mentor and leadership coach for Holy Name College and is an expert in Bowen theory, especially as part of his leadership during a 20-year pastorate at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg, Md. He is the author of the recently published book on BST, Resilient Leadership. A popular speaker across the country and internationally, in the past year Fr. Duggan has presented to the OFM English-speaking Conference of provincials and formation directors.

leadershiprMark said, “The current workshop is an invitation to all friars who are interested and serious about developing their pastoral leadership skills. We’ll also have time for fraternal fellowship and prayer together. The time together ought to be very worthwhile, as it has been for those who have already participated.”

For more information or to register, friars should contact Mark at 919-847-8205 ext. 224. Thomas Conway, OFM, guardian of Holy Name College, is arranging accommodations. He can be reached at 609-661-1066.

This is the third leadership development program offered recently by the Province. The first, which focused on mentoring, was held in November. The second, in April, was on parish administration.

— Jocelyn Thomas is the Province’s director of communications.