2008 News Archives
December 29, 2008

Divine Recruits.  New York Times.  In a three-part series, reporter Laurie Goodstein reports on the recruitment of international priests to serve in US parishes.

December 27, 2008

Serving U.S. Parishes, Fathers Without Borders. New York Times.  Reporter Laurie Goodstein reports on recruitment efforts by the Diocese of Owensboro, KY, to bring priests from overseas to serve in US parishes.  Read the Leadership Roundtable’s analysis of the priest recruitment situation here.

December 12, 2008

Churches turn to the internet to collect offeringsFox News.  A report from St. Patrick’s Parish in Smithtown, NY, on the growing trend of electronic collection of church offerings. (2 minute video)

December 5, 2008

Church adopts corporate best practicesOur Sunday Visitor.  Emily Stimpson reports on the impact of dioceses and parishes adopting corporate best practices.  The four part series focuses on the relationship between excellence in management and mission, dioceses entering capital markets for financing, leadership challenges at the parish level, and the financial management of Catholic schools.

December 5, 2008

Foundation Offers Help With Operating CostsLos Angeles Business Journal.  David Haldane reports on the decision of a California Foundation to offer grants of up to $150,000 to “well-managed” charities that provide critical services.  The Weingart Foundation’s decision is a shift from traditional support grants for programs, to core support for operating expenses to underwrite administrative costs such as staff salaries and rent.


November 24, 2008

Korean Economist to Review Vatican's BooksZenit.  Benedict XVI has appointed a Korean economist, Thomas Han Hong-Soon, as the Vatican's international controller for the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.  As financial controller, Han will be responsible for examining the Vatican's accounts and balance sheets.

November 18, 2008

Catholic Charities top providerCathNewsUSA.  Catholic Charities USA, the nation's largest social services network, has been named the country's top provider of social services.  Leadership Roundtable member, Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA, commends the professionalism of Catholic charities agencies across the country.

November 18, 2008

Long Island Catholic schools connect onlineThe Long Island CatholicCatholic schools in the Rockville Center diocese utilize eChalk website technology to improve education and advance both internal and external communications for students, parents and teachers.

November 14, 2008

Archbishops honored for leadership.  The Leadership Roundtable, Catholic Church Extension Society and Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) honor three Gulf Coast archbishops for their exemplary leadership in rebuilding the Church after Hurricane Katrina.

November 14, 2008

Money ministry blesses giver, receiverFlorida Catholic.  Leadership Roundtable executive director, Kerry Robinson, addresses the 40th Anniversary Conference of the National Catholic Development Conference on the spirituality of fundraising.

November 4, 2008 -

Utilizing lay expertise in parishes.  The Busted Halo Show on the Catholic Channel of Sirius Radio. Fr. Dave Dwyer interviews Leadership Roundtable executive director, Kerry Robinson, about the administrative side of the church, and how laity can become involved in strengthening their local parish.  Audio recording – 18:30 minutes.

November 3, 2008 -

Shepherding Them Rightly — A Program for Pastors.  The Diocese of Knoxville, TN, offers a series of monthly workshops engaging local and national experts to work with pastors across a range of important leadership topics.


October 31, 2008 -

Australian Bishops’ representative participates in government roundtable on charity regulationACBC.  Fr. Brian Lucas, Secretary of the Australian Bishops’ Conference contributes to government efforts to improve governance, standards, accountability and transparency in the not-for-profit sector.  The media release also provides a link to the full submission.

October 28, 2008 -

People, organizations need to work together to solve crisisCatholic News Service.  Leadership Roundtable Chairman, Geoffrey T. Boisi and Treasurer, Thomas J. Healey, discuss the current financial crisis and how Catholics can respond positively to the situation.

October 9, 2008 -

Taking StockThe Catholic Review.  Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of the Archdiocese of Baltimore provides a report on diocesan operations, administration and finances with an eye on improving efficiency, accountability and effectiveness in achieving the overall mission of supporting parishes, schools and other institutions.  Archbishop O’Brien notes that the current economic situation makes good stewardship ever more important.

October 8, 2008 -

Held to Account. The Tablet of London (http://www.thetablet.co.uk ) . Elena Curti reports on the mission of the Leadership Roundtable and why its efforts to apply up-to-date standards of management are more vital than ever in the current economic climate.

October 3, 2008 -

Preserving a Critical National Asset: America's Disadvantaged Students and the Crisis in Faith-Based Urban Schools.  America’s inner-city faith-based schools are facing a crisis.  Between 2000 and 2006, nearly 1,200 faith-based schools in America’s inner cities have closed, half of which are Catholic institutions in poor neighborhoods. This has affected nearly 400,000 students.  President George W. Bush addresses the loss of this “critical national asset.”  Leadership Roundtable member B.J. Cassin and Best Practices honoree, Dr. Mary McDonald, contributed to the Whitehouse Summit.


September 30, 2008 -

A Business Plan for the Catholic ChurchBusinessWeek.  Reporter Douglas MacMillan puts the spotlight on a group of executives putting management skills to work on shaping the US Catholic Church through the work of the Leadership Roundtable.

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September 26, 2008 -

Ascension Health Looks Inward. BusinessWeek.  The board of Catholic healthcare giant, Ascension Health, wanted to assess how the health-care provider was living up to its Catholic mission.  This short video (4 minutes, 35 seconds) describes their rigorous approach to measuring Catholic identify using the SAIP method from St. Thomas University.

September 24, 2008 -

Catholic institutions feel sting of financial upheavalsCNS.  Leadership Roundtable board member Sr. Carol Keehan and other Catholic leaders comment on the current economic situation and the implications for Catholic institutions and their investments.

September 22, 2008 -

A Church Transparent: What Catholic leaders have learned from the world of businessAmerica Magazine.  Leadership Roundtable treasurer, Thomas Healey, illustrates the quiet revolution taking hold across the country in the way parishes and dioceses manage themselves financially and administratively.

September 18, 2008 -

John Eriksen appointed Catholic Schools Superintendent.  An announcement from Kerry Robinson, executive director of the Leadership Roundtable, on the appointment of Mr. John Eriksen, director of research and client services, as the new Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Paterson, NJ.

September 15, 2008 -

Leadership Roundtable mourns the death of Dean Hoge.  Kerry Robinson, executive director issues a statement on behalf of the Leadership Roundtable on the death of member, colleague and friend, Dr. Dean Hoge of Catholic University of America.

September 9, 2008 -

Financial report on Catholic collegesCNS.  Leadership Roundtable member, Richard Yanikoski, president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, comments on a report on the financial health of Catholic colleges by Moody’s Investors Service.

September 2, 2008 -

Boost buoys Catholic schools.  Michael Paulson, Boston Globe.  A partnership between Church leaders, business people, Catholic colleges and local communities results in increased enrollment and improved financial security.


August 19, 2008 -

German churches set up energy company.  Deutsche Welle.  As energy prices rise, Catholic parishes and institutions are developing creative responses.  The Leadership Roundtable is working with a number of Catholic dioceses in the US that are exploring initiatives to capitalize on available economies of scale in energy purchases and conservation.  In southern Germany the Catholic Church has joined forces with Protestant churches to launch a non-profit energy company to supply gas to parishes and charitable institutions.

August 18, 2008 -

FADICA funds Religious in New OrleansNational Catholic Reporter.  The Leadership Roundtable’s philanthropic partners, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) work with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to restore the ministries of religious communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. 

August 12, 2008 -

Villanova church management courseOn America.  CNBC’s Mike Hegedus reports from Villanova University on a master’s program for church management.  Leadership Roundtable members Chuck Zech and Fred Perella are featured. (2min, 20 sec)

July 21, 2008 -

Imagining Abundance: The Transformative Potential of Catholic Fundraising.  America Magazine.  Kerry Robinson, executive director of the Leadership Roundtable shares lessons on philanthropy, fundraising and stewardship for the Catholic community.

July 21, 2008 -
Workers in the Vineyard: A bishop reflects on the changing voice of the laity.  America MagazineBishop Blase Cupich writes about the changing nature of lay ministry in the Catholic Church and the results of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project.
July 10, 2008 -

Vatican issues 2007 financial statementsVatican Information Service.  The Holy See issues consolidated financial statements showing a deficit for the first time in four years.


June 27, 2008 -

Serving the Church Facing Challenges – Lawrence Bossidy, former Chairman and CEO of Honeywell International, addresses church management group in Philadelphia

June 27, 2008 -

Leadership and Management for Catholic Parishes and Dioceses.  Dave Gibson reports on best practices in parishes and dioceses as presented at the Leadership Roundtable annual meeting.

June 27, 2008 -
Leadership Roundtable Best Practices Award Presented to Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Memphis.  Dave Gibson reports on the 2008 Leadership Roundtable award presented to Bishop J Terry Steib and Dr. Mary C McDonald of the Diocese of Memphis.

May 16, 2008 -

Collaboration leads to excellence in ministry.  Executive director, Kerry Robinson is interviewed about the work of the Leadership Roundtable by Fr. Raymond K. Petrucci and Dorothy Riera for “Thoughts for The Week” on the Spirituality for Today website. 

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May 7, 2008 -

Pope goes digital to better connect with youthReuters.  Text messages and a “Catholic Facebook” are part of the Vatican’s approach to connecting with young people at World Youth Day 2008.

May 7, 2008 -

Diverse leadership: Key to future of healthy churchThe Tidings.  Leadership Roundtable executive director Kerry Robinson challenges participants in the National Ministry Summit to “Be the change you want to see in the church. Aspire to excellence at every level for the sake of the church. Ensure that your parish and ministry are worthy of generosity."

May 6, 2008 -

Church Administration Handbook Published.  Archbishop Philip Wilson, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, launched a new Church administration handbook to help priests and lay Church workers to understand "the complex institution that is the Catholic Church, in the modern world".

May 1, 2008 -

Managing Parish ClosingsBruce Nolan, Religion News Service.  From New Orleans to Green Bay, dioceses continue the national trend of closing or merging parishes.  Leadership Roundtable committee member, Mark Mogilka, is a leading authority in managing such change and is interviewed here.


April 30, 2008 -

National ministry summit calls for culture of accountability.  Over 1,200 lay leaders, deacons, priests and bishops gathered in Orlando for a national ministry summit on emerging models of pastoral leadership.  Kerry Robinson of the Leadership Roundtable addressed the summit and responded to calls for the development of a new culture of accountability.

April 4, 2008 -

Call for pope to bring healing and reconciliation to the Church in the U.S.  4 Corners with David Ushery.  Leadership Roundtable executive director, Kerry Robinson, joins a panel of experts on WNBC New York to discuss the upcoming papal visit; calls for healing and reconciliation in the Church and for the greater involvement of lay people, especially women and young adults, in Church leadership roles.  Other panelists include author, George Weigel and former Fordham University President, Fr. Joseph O’Hare.  The video is 30 minutes, with the panel discussion covering the last 19 minutes.

April 1, 2008

Young adult Catholics are interested in church ministry, study findsCatholic News Service.  Leadership Roundtable members Dean Hoge and Marti Jewel publish a national survey on young adults and church ministry.  More than half of the young adult respondents said the church needs to move faster to empower laypeople in ministry.  Bishop Blase Cupich, keynote speaker at the Leadership Roundtable in 2007, welcomed the results: "We are heartened at their level of interest, and we need to find ways to translate this attraction into active ministry that our church urgently needs."


March 21, 2008 -

Leadership Roundtable recommends fiscal standards for churchNational Catholic Reporter.  Reporter Bill Fragameni reports on the “comprehensive, hyper-detailed Standards for Excellence” recently released by the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.

March 20, 2008 -

National Ministry Summit.  Six national Catholic organizations will hold a joint Ministry Summit to explore emerging models of pastoral leadership in the Catholic Church today.  Leadership Roundtable executive director Kerry Robinson will address the summit with many Leadership Roundtable members presenting and leading action groups.  All participants will receive the newly published, Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for Catholic Parishes.

March 16, 2008 -

'Knowledge Revolution’ fuels parish accountability.  Our Sunday Visitor.  Kimberley Heatherington reports on the increasing number of dioceses and parishes adopting best practices and transparency from nonprofits.  Leadership Roundtable executive director, Kerry Robinson, comments on the Standards for Excellence as a significant contribution to this ‘knowledge revolution.’

March 8, 2008 -

Quotas to empower women approved.  The Tablet.  Catholic Bishops' Conference of India promote the representation of women on diocesan and pastoral councils. 


February 25, 2008 -

US Religious Landscape Survey – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.  A new national survey of 35,000 Americans details the religious affiliation of the American public and quantifies the remarkable dynamism taking place in the U.S. religious marketplace.

February 15, 2008 -

In U.S. pope will find multicultural church marked by stronger laityNancy Frazier O'Brien, CNS.  The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management is cited as an example of strengthened lay involvement in the Catholic Church in the U.S.

February 12, 2008 -

Colleges seek to protect Church tills.  Los Angeles Times.  Reporter Kathy Matheson reports on the growing provision of Church management courses quoting Leadership Roundtable executive director, Kerry Robinson, on the importance of exemplary stewardship in managing Church finances.

February 11, 2008 -

The Case for MBAs in the Nonprofit Sector. Guidestar.org. This article describes the success that two nonprofit organizations have found in hiring MBAs, outlines some of the challenges associated with hiring candidates with MBAs, and provides some suggestions for overcoming those challenges.

February 11, 2008 -

RESPETO – Hispanic Leadership Training Course.  The Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio is offering leadership training that is culturally sensitive and responsive to the aspirations and needs of Latino youth articulated at the recent Encuentro at Notre Dame. (Informational Brochure)


January 28, 2008 -

Bishop promulgates new pastoral council guidelines.  Bishop Peter Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte, NC, has issued updated guidelines for parish pastoral councils.  The guidelines place the pastoral council at the heart of all parish activities and lay out clear roles and responsibilities for pastoral planning.

January 14, 2008 -

Standards for Excellence Institute Partners with National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.  Reuters.  Peter Berns of the Standards for Excellence Institute announces the launch of the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for Catholic Dioceses, Parishes and Nonprofits.

January 8, 2008 -

New online Church management degree at VillanovaWall Street Journal.  Leadership Roundtable member, Chuck Zech, is interviewed by Ron Aslop about Villanova University’s new Church Management Degree.  The Leadership Roundtable is at the forefront of promoting and supporting the provision of ongoing formation of Church ministers in the areas of Church management, finances and human resource development.

January 3, 2008 -

MBAs for Church leadersBusinessWeek.  Alison Dumast reports on the growth of business degrees for Church leaders.  Leadership Roundtable executive director, Kerry Robinson, recognizes the role Catholic colleges and universities are playing in this growing phenomenon.