Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Gearing Up to Be a Pastor

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This five-day program, typically undertaken during the second year following ordination, builds upon the Settling into Priesthood Program and starts the preparation for becoming a pastor.

The program addresses the "big picture" issues of being a pastor and prepares the priest for a variety of settings: rural, urban, suburban, ethnic, clustered, etc.



Being and Becoming a Pastor - Fr. Jim Deiters

Rights and Responsibilities

This session looks at the difference between "being" a pastor by assignment and "becoming" a pastor by developing a relationship with the People of God. Attention is given to canon law and what it says the pastor is to focus on in his ministry.

Credibility and Authority: Servant Leadership

The session is an open dialogue about examples of those who have served as models of servant leadership that shapes our vision of how we intend to lead. What does it take to "earn" credibility? How do different people view authority within the Church?

Shared Ministry: Leading, Empowering and Coaching

We discuss what it means to celebrate and honor the role of all the baptized in the Body of Christ by getting them involved in the parish ministries while also forming them to know their gifts. To lead is not something everyone is comfortable with and yet expected of the pastor.

Cooking Dinner
Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking For One

More than a presentation, this dinner-preparation session is designed to help the workshop participant gain some strategies for preparing meals that are both good and good for the priest. Taking care of ourselves is good stewardship of our bodies and allows us to serve well those entrusted to our care. Beyond having the knowledge and experience to prepare meals well, simply finding time to cook can be a big challenge.

Parish Leadership and Administration - Dr. Brian Reynolds

Pastoral Planning and Development

Vibrant parishes are built on effective planning, communication and fundraising. This session presents a model for strategic planning that provides the foundation for parish development.

Parish Staffing and Human Resource Issues

No pastor works alone. Whether there is a paid staff or volunteers, all pastors need to address common human resource issues. This session addresses issues related to hiring, performance management and termination of employment.

Parish Finances

Pastors do not need to be accountants. However, challenging financial issues can prevent a parish from being able to fulfill its mission. This session looks at parish finances through the lens of a parish audit and assists pastors in identifying areas that need a closer look.

Evening Prayer

Spiritual Leadership - Fr. Tom Boyer

Four Truths About Spiritual Leaders and Spiritual Leadership as an Art

Embracing the four truths of our human nature allows us to more fully practice the "art" of spiritual leadership using our God-given tools.

Moses and David: Two Spiritual Leaders Who Still Teach Us About Spiritual Leadership

A spiritual leader is a prophet and a mystic. So it is not about loans, lights, locks and leaks.

How does it Work? What does it Take? When does it Happen?

A spiritual leader remembers the truths and becomes an artist who inspires, enchants and transforms by revealing the Divine Presence.

Living a Balanced Life - Fr. Bernie Etienne

The stress of increased demands and expectations of Catholic priests, coupled with the shrinking number of clergy, can pull a recently ordained priest into unhealthy habits and practices. In this session, we'll discuss the priest's need for a healthy self-ministry, realistic expectations, and strategies for keeping balanced physically, mentally and spiritually.

2:00-4:00 PM Registration
4:30 Evening Prayer and Welcome Social
5:15 Dinner
6:30 Opening Lecture
7:30 AM Breakfast
8:45 - 10:00 Program Session: Being and Becoming a Pastor: Rights and Responsibilities
10:15 - 11:15 Program Session: Credibility and Authority: Servant Leadership
11:30 Mass
Noon  Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 PM Free Time: Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation Available
3:00 - 4:30 Program Session: Shared Ministry: Leading, Empowering and Coaching
5:00 Evening Prayer and Social
5:30 Dinner: St. John Vianney Center Teaching Kitchen - Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking for One
7:15 AM Mass with Seminarians
8:00 Breakfast 
8:45 - 11:45 Program Session: Pastoral Planning and Development
Noon  Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 PM Program Session: Parish Staffing and Human Resource Issues
5:00 Evening Prayer with Monks
5:15 Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 Program Session: Parish Finances
7:30 AM Breakfast 
8:45 - 11:15 Program Session: Four Truths About Spiritual Leaders and Spiritual Leadership as an Art
11:30 Mass
Noon Lunch 
1:00 - 3:00 PM Free Time
3:00 - 4:30 Program Session: Moses and David - Two Spiritual Leaders Who Still Teach Us about Spiritual Leadership
5:15 Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 Program Session: How Does it Work? What Does it Take? When Does it Happen?
7:30 AM Mass
8:00 Breakfast
8:45 - 11:30 Program Session: Living a Balanced Life
11:30 Wrap-up
Noon Lunch

Monday, October 21 - Friday, October 25, 2013


Gearing Up to be a Pastor is $995. Included:

  • Four (4) nights accommodations in St. Bede Hall
  • All meals from Monday supper through Friday lunch
  • All program fees and material costs
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