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Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd Academy

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Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd Academy

August 5 - 9, 2024 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership

Welcome to the Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd Academy, an innovative program dedicated to the ongoing development and education of ministry leaders within the diocese. Inspired by the top pastoral priority identified during the diocesan Synod - the imperative to amplify opportunities for formation - our academy is committed to empowering pastoral leaders with the tools and knowledge they need to thrive in their roles.

At the heart of our mission lies a simple yet profound goal: to establish a comprehensive process for orienting new pastoral leadership and fortifying the skills of existing leaders. Through a blend of enhanced training modules, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities, the Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd Academy serves as a beacon of support and guidance for ministry leaders navigating the challenges of today's world.

Whether you're a seasoned veteran of a parish staff or just beginning your journey in pastoral leadership, our program offers a diverse array of resources tailored to meet your unique needs. From deepening your understanding of theological concepts to honing practical leadership skills, our curriculum is designed to foster growth, empowerment, and excellence in ministry.  

But we're more than just a program - we're a community. By fostering connections among priests, deacons, lay ecclesial ministers, youth ministers, parish catechetical leaders, parish life coordinators, liturgists, musicians and parish staff across the diocese, the Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd Academy creates a vibrant ecosystem of collaboration, support, and shared wisdom. Here, you'll find not only the resources to excel in your role but also the encouragement and camaraderie of fellow leaders walking alongside you on this journey.

Join us as we embark on a transformative journey of learning, growth, and fellowship. Together, let's strengthen the foundation of pastoral leadership within our diocese and empower each other to bring forth the light of compassion, service, and love to all we serve. 

Keynotes

Keynotes

In every parish, each role contributes to the tapestry of the Church’s mission. From pastors to business managers, secretaries to maintenance workers, and parish life coordinators, every member of the parish staff plays a vital part in the ministry. But how often do we pause to consider, “What is my mission?”

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Blessed Carlo Institute

Blessed Carlo Institute

The Blessed Carlo Institute for Youth Ministers is a four-day, three-night experience of formation hosted at the Center for Pastoral Leadership that includes three classes each day, afternoon workshops, off-campus excursions, daily Mass, and more.

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Catholic Bridge Builders

Catholic Bridge Builders

A day of reflection and learning for those who have first contact with our community and parishioners. This day-long event will cover a variety of important topics from walking more closely with Jesus in our own personal journeys to how to enter into sacred space through an initial encounter with someone new to the parish.

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Pastor's Desktop

Pastor's Desktop

For priests, deacons, parish life coordinators and parish business managers are invited to gather for the Pastor’s Desktop. Whether you have been involved in the business aspects of the parish for a long time or are new to this area of ministry, this program is for you.

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New PCL Orientation

New PCL Orientation

This day will raise up the Church’s vision of evangelizing catechesis as well as address essential responsibilities of catechetical leaders: preparing and forming catechists, planning and administering a faith formation program, registration form information, child safety requirements, sacrament preparation, and much more.

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St. Cecilia Institute

St. Cecilia Institute

The St. Cecilia Institute for Pastoral Musicians of the Diocese of Cleveland will offer a summer program with a variety of liturgical opportunities, breakout-sessions, masterclasses and Mass.

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St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker

An inspiring presentation for those in maintenance and facilities roles. During our time together these important members of our parish and school teams will engage with topics like the dignity of work, the dignity of the worker, and the gift of service to our communities.

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St. Lawrence Update

St. Lawrence Update

Deacons and their wives are invited to gather for an afternoon and evening of connecting, camaraderie and conversations on important topics in the scriptures and the life of one who preaches the Word of God.

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