This eighth year of the Summer Institute for Catholic Educational and Formational Leadership brings together leaders and aspiring leaders from schools and parishes to focus on the spiritual and practical implications of their call to communicate.
To be sure, effective communication is crucial for the administrative success of any leader, but, for Catholic educational/catechetical leaders, more is at stake. We are called to integrate into our lives God’s pedagogy, His way of teaching us.
In particular, we hold that God communicated God’s very self in the Word. In Jesus, God continues to communicate through the work of the Holy Spirit. God invites the faithful to share in the divine task of communicating the Word in the Church and world today.
This year’s Summer Institute will offer a spirituality of communication that can enrich prayer lives and assist Catholic educational/catechetical leaders, in their communication, to contribute more effectively to God’s work in the world today.
As a result of this year’s Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership, participants will:
• Appreciate their own vocation of communication,
• Learn a Catholic spirituality of communication,
• Recognize the Bible and Catholic tradition as a resource for their vision of leadership,
• Acquire skills needed by leaders to communicate our faith effectively.
This year’s Summer Institute explicitly addresses the following Defining Characteristics of Catholic schools—which also apply to parishes—as articulated in the Catholic Schools Standards Project (www.catholicschoolstandards.org):
• Centered in the Person of Jesus Christ
• Contributing to the Evangelizing Mission of the Church,
• Steeped in a Catholic Worldview,
• Sustained by Gospel Witness,
• Shaped by Communion and Community.
This year’s Summer Institute explicitly addresses the following Standards for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary School as articulated in the Catholic Schools Standards Project, standards that also apply to parishes:
• Standard 1 on communicating mission,
• Standards 2 and 3 on student and adult faith formation,
• Standard 6 on leadership that articulates and implements a school’s or parish’s mission and vision.
Fr. Roy Shelly is a priest of the Diocese of Monterey, CA where he is known as an informative and inspiring speaker and retreat leader. He has worked in numerous Catholic high schools including Archbishop Shaw in Marrero, LA. He has directed retreat centers and worked in youth ministry and is a member of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry (IASYM). He holds an M.A. in Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum, an M.A. in Religious Education from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in Adult Education from The Ohio State University.
In the Diocese of Monterey he has served as the Director of the Office of Faith Formation, Director of Deacon Formation, and Moderator of the Curia. Fr. Roy is currently serving as the Vocations Director for his diocese as well as the Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Spreckels, CA.