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The inaugural regional Catholic Leadership Forum was held June 17-19, 2022 on the Saint Meinrad Archabbey campus. We gathered to nurture our own leadership roles wherever we are in the journey.  There was time and space to listen and learn from leaders in the Church and brought our own experiences into conversation with others. It was a joyful and sacred time.

Feel free to see who our speakers were, the schedule and photos taken over the weekend.  Perhaps you can join us next time!

 

Speakers

  • Kerry Alys Robinson
    Executive Partner for Global and National Initiatives, Leadership Roundtable and Executive Director-Elect, Opus Prize Foundation

    Kerry will share her insights and experiences with Forum participants in a recorded video conversation.

    Robinson has been an advisor to and trustee of numerous grantmaking foundations, family philanthropies, and charitable nonprofits since 1990, including the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA). She served as the director of development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University where she led a $75 million fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel’s intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center on Yale’s campus. She is the prize-winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service. She and her husband, Michael Cappello, MD, are the parents of Christopher and Sophie.

  • Kimberly Baker
    Associate Professor of Patristics, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

    Kimberly, a co-founder of Women of the Church, earned her PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Her research specialty is Augustine’s preaching on the Church’s life as the Body of Christ in the world. She not only studies preaching but loves the opportunity to preach herself. A fun fact is she offered her first parish mission at nearby St. Nicholas Church in none other than Santa Claus, Indiana!

    Her interest in theology first developed during her two-year post college campus ministry experience in Cote d’lvoire, West Africa. She continues to treasure intercultural friendships and experiences. Currently, she teaches ESL at her parish and coordinates a community development project for a village in Togo, West Africa.

     

  • Workshop Leaders
  • Judith R. Fean, MA
    "Leadership Lessons from One Woman's Life"

    Following her recent retirement from Vice President for Mission at Saint Mary’s College, Judy will continue sharing her pastoral ministry, mission integration, and leadership experiences especially in higher education, as a consultant. She is committed to the spiritual and ministerial formation of women and is deeply rooted in Holy Cross Spirituality as witnessed through her collaborative work with the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

  • Rachel Forbes Kaufman
    "How Purpose Changes Across Your Lifetime: Tools for Discerning Those Life Transitions"

    Rachel Forbes Kaufman is the founding director of The Retirement Institute TM, a ministry of Forbes Well-Being Advisors. Her ministry is devoted to the discernment needs and life transition support of the healing professionals in medicine and ministry.

  • Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB
    "Seeking the Visible Face of God: Praying with Icons"

    Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB is a Benedictine sister of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana. A northern Illinois native, she has a deep heart for the beauty of rural life and culture. Her education in religious studies, theology, monastic life, and spirituality has led to various positions teaching high school and graduate theology, and more extensive study and practice of Eastern Christian iconography.

    Presently an administrator at Saint Meinrad, Sr. Jeana enjoys accompanying those discerning God’s call in their lives. She also loves using her voice for classical music and liturgical song.

  • Small Group Facilitators
  • Jane Cruthirds
    Small Group Facilitator

    Jane Cruthirds is the Director of Evangelization and Discipleship at St. Michael Catholic Community in Louisville, KY.  She is an Ursuline Associate with the Ursulines of Louisville.  Her passion in ministry is empowering women to live as intentional witnesses to Jesus’ call to serve the needs of others.  Jane received her Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans in 2018.

  • Audra Douglas
    Small Group Facilitator

    Audra Douglas is a family nurse practitioner in Evansville, Indiana and a member of St. Benedict Cathedral Parish.  She is a 2015 graduate of Saint Meinrad School of Theology and currently working on her Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

  • Giselle Andolz-Duron
    Small Group Facilitator

    Giselle Andolz-Duron has taught in Spanish Immersion Programs for over 18 years. She was named Armstrong Education Fellow in 2020. The award recognizes outstanding Indiana teachers whose contribution goes above and beyond the job of teaching. Giselle has also been active in church ministry for the past 15 years.

  • Bertha Melendres
    Small Group Facilitator

    Bertha Melendres is the Diocesan Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Evansville in Indiana  and has been in church ministries for over twenty-five years.

  • Artist for Breath of Beauty
    Kris Lasher

    A graduate of St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame , IN, Kris lives in Ferdinand, IN, with her husband. A writer, vocalist and songwriter, her lyrics often focus on women’s issues, social justice, and environmental concerns. Her latest project is a recording of lullabies for adults.  She is the manager of the Ferdinand Monastery Bakery.

  • Closing Mass Presider
    Fr. Guerric DeBona, OSB

    Fr. Guerric DeBona, OSB, is professor of homiletics at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, where he also serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation and the Directory of Hispanic Ministry. He brings a wealth of creativity and preaching experience to his programs.

Schedule

  • Friday, June 17, 2022
    • 2:00 – 4:45 p.m.Registration
    • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Vespers with Monastic Community (optional)
    • 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Dinner
    • 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Welcome and Opening Liturgical Celebration
    • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Plenary Session 1: Kimberly Baker, "Telling Our Stories: Past, Present, and Future"
    • 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Reception
  • Saturday, June 18, 2022
    • 5:30 – 6:15 a.m. Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
    • 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
    • 8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Prayer and Morning Announcements
    • 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Workshops
    • 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Gathering the Wisdom
    • 12:00 – 12:15 Midday Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. FreeTime, Campus Tours
    • 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Plenary Session 2: Kerry Robinson (video conversation) "Women and the Church: Bearing Witness to New Life"
    • 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Session 1
    • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Vespers with Monastic Community
    • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
    • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Breath of Beauty
    • 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Reception
  • Sunday, June 19, 2022
    • 7:15 – 8:00 a.m. Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional)
    • 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
    • Please check out of the room by 9 a.m.
    • 9:00 – 9:25 a.m. Prayer and Morning Announcements
    • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Session 2
    • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Gathering the Wisdom
    • 11:15 – 12:15 a.m. Closing Sendoff Mass
    • 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Available

Photos

  • Agnes Kovacs in her happy place. Agnes created all of the flower arrangements for the weekend using Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, that she recently learned.
  • Materials in everyone's tote bags.
  • Kimberly Baker assembling welcome tote bags.
  • Saint Meinrad Archabbey Friday afternoon.
  • Agnes Kovacs offers a prayer during Friday's opening liturgical celebration.
  • Deb Dyko accompanist for liturgies.
  • Friday evening meal in Newman Dining Room.
  • The table is ready.
  • Conversation before Friday evening Plenary Session.
  • Kimberly Baker sharing the stories of women past, present and future.
  • Friday Evening reception.
  • Agnes Kovacs, Cora Veza, Audra Douglas, and Kristen Templin enjoy conversation.
  • Shirley Serini, Jane Cruthirds, Sr. Jessica Vitente, Chris Hoehn, Bertha Melendres take time to get to know each other.
  • Courtney and Michelle Blalock share their stories with Rachel Forbes Kaufman and Sharon Schuhmann.
  • Alejandra Spir-Haddad and Gizelle Andolz-Duron enjoy a conversation while Teresa Venatta and Kimberly Baker do the same near by.
  • Saturday morning refreshments for the day.
  • Preparing for a full day.
  • Agnes Kovacs lights the candle for Saturday morning prayer and reflection.
  • 5th Floor Bede prayer table.
  • Kimberly Baker shares Saturday morning announcements.
  • Kirsten Templin shares her perspective.
  • Sr. Jessica Vitente shares her thoughts while Chris Hoehn and Suzanne Burgess listen.
  • Sally Krause offers another point.
  • Breakfast view.
  • Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB offers a workshop on "Seeking the Visible Face of God: Praying with Icons" during the Saturday morning workshops.
  • Break time view after lunch.
  • Jane Cruthirds facilitates a virtual conversation with Kerry Robinson Saturday afternoon.
  • Agnes Kovacs introduces artist Kris Lasher for Saturday evening's Breath of Beauty.
  • Cheri Hall, Cora Veza, Kimberly Baker, Agnes Kovacs, Shirley Serini enjoy Kris Lasher's story.
  • Kris Lasher plays the harp which accompanies the music she makes for adult lullabies.
  • Cindy Finerfrock shares a poem during the Breath of Beauty.
  • Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB offers a Hildegard of Bingen chant during the Breath of Beauty.
  • Courtney Blalock describes her artwork during the Breath of Beauty portion of the weekend.
  • Courtney Blalock's artwork depicting Corpus Christi.
  • Courtney Blalock's artwork summarizing one year in her life.
  • Saint Mary's College alumnae after Breath of Beauty: Tifanni Dash, Kris Lasher and Molly Gower.
  • Cora Veza, Sr. Jeana Visel, Sally Krause and Mary Jane Sheldon at Saturday evening's reception.
  • Bertha Melendres, Kimberly Baker, Jane Cruthirds, Chris Hoehn, Jessica Vitente and Alejandra Spir-Haddad enjoy conversation and some decadent desserts!
  • Cheri Hall, Gizelle Andolz-Duron, and Cindy Finerfrock chat Saturday evening.
  • Audra Douglas and Courtney Blalock listen to Michelle Blalock.
  • Gizelle Andolz-Duron proclaiming the Word during the closing Send-off Mass.
  • Fr. Guerric DeBona preaches for Corpus Christi and Juneteenth at the closing Mass.
  • Closing Send-off Mass.