June 30, 2010

Leadership Roundtable offers “a blueprint for responsibility” at annual meeting. The Catholic Church in the US was beginning to make significant strides in addressing the sexual abuse crisis when Catholic institutions were faced with another daunting obstacle: the global financial meltdown. Both subjects were topics of discussion at the recent annual meeting of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management at the Wharton School, where over 100 business and Church leaders gathered to find collaborative solutions to these challenges.

June 25, 2010

Global Church demographics present opportunities for transparency, accountability. Catholic journalist and commentator John Allen addressed over 100 members of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management and Church officials at the organization’s 2010 annual meeting Thursday at the Wharton School, highlighting major demographic changes in the global Catholic Church and the opportunities that they present in promoting transparency, accountability, and collaboration throughout the Church. “In the twenty-first century, it will be difficult to make an argument for anything using only American or western viewpoints,” Allen said, noting that only a century ago most of the world’s Catholics were white and lived in the developed world. By 2050, 75% of Catholics are expected to reside in the global south, representing new and complicated contexts. The changing face of the Church worldwide means that advocates for transparency, accountability, and collaboration must find new ways to spread their messages, taking global experience into consideration.

June 19, 2010

High-ranking Catholic Church officials, lay experts to address financial, sex abuse crises. Catholic Church officials and lay experts will address the twin crises facing the Catholic Church in the United States at the 2010 annual meeting of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management later this month in Philadelphia. The conference, "A Blueprint for Responsibility: Responding to Crises with Collaborative Solutions," will offer ideas to strengthen the Church as it encounters new revelations of clergy sexual abuse across the globe, as well as address the precarious situation in which Catholic organizations find themselves as a result of the worldwide economic collapse. A panel addressing the sex-abuse crisis, and the lessons learned from the US response, will include the Most Rev. Blase Cupich, bishop of Rapid City and chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Protection of Children and Young People; Teresa M. Kettelkamp, the executive director of the USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection; Diane Knight, chair of the USCCB National Review Board; and Kathleen McChesney, CEO of Kinsale Management Consulting and founding director of the USCCB Office for Child and Youth Protection, who was the highest ranking women in the history of the FBI.

June 15, 2010

Most Rev. Timothy Senior to celebrate Mass for Leadership Roundtable. Most Rev. Timothy Senior, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will be principal celebrant at a Mass during the annual meeting of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management held later this month. “We are thrilled to have Bishop Senior lead us in worship as we gather for the Eucharist in Philadelphia,” said Kerry Robinson, executive director of the Leadership Roundtable.

June 11, 2010

Boston-area Catholics to offer solutions at Leadership Roundtable Annual Meeting. Jack Connors and John Kaneb, two of Boston’s most prominent Catholic philanthropists, will address the 2010 Annual Meeting of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, a network of Catholic business and religious leaders focused on strengthening the finances and management of the Catholic Church in the US.

March 23, 2010

CatholicPastor.org Launches; Priests Now Share Online Collaborative Networking Platform. Imagine a scenario in which a pastor in San Francisco is grappling with how best to
approach his parishioners about a looming budget shortfall and the finance council’s
recommendations for cutting vital programming. He knows that his decisions will be met
with resistance from many members of his parish, no matter which programs survive. But
the money simply is not there to continue operating at current levels. He is unsure about
how to proceed...

November 19, 2009

Bishops and business leaders meet to consider creative waysto deal with tough financial environment. Nearly forty Roman Catholic bishops gathered for a discussion with business and financial leaders on Sunday that focused on strengthening the financial outlook of the Catholic Church in the United States. Hosted by the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, the meeting was held in conjunction with the fall gathering of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore and served as a follow up to a previous meeting with an additional group of bishops held in Chicago in April.

September 30, 2009

The Leadership Roundtable thanks the Hon. Leon Panetta for service to the board. The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management hosted a reception to express its gratitude to the Honorable Leon E. Panetta for his service to the Leadership Roundtable. Panetta was a founding board member of the Roundtable in 2004, and he stepped down earlier this year to focus on his appointment as the 19th director of the Central Intelligence Agency by President Obama.

September 16, 2009

The Leadership Roundtable and St. Anthony Messenger Press Announce Collaboration. The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management and St. Anthony Messenger Press have partnered to deliver best practices materials in the areas of Church management, finance, and human resources development to the widest possible Catholic audience. Materials produced by the Leadership Roundtable are now available in the Saint Anthony Messenger Press catalog, as well as online at http://catalog.americancatholic.org/churchmanagement.aspx.

August 6, 2009

Seton Hall University and National Leadership Roundtable launch innovative management seminar for new pastors. An innovative program designed to strengthen the skills of Catholic pastors in the critical fields of finance, administration and personnel management has been successfully launched.  The program, Pastors for a New Millennium: A Toolbox for Parochial Management, drew 28 priests from 13 dioceses across the country for six days of comprehensive training in July at the San Alfonso Retreat Center near the New Jersey shore.

March 10, 2009

Leadership Roundtable supports CT Bishops in opposition to proposed legislation. In response to a request from Catholic dioceses in the State of Connecticut, the Leadership Roundtable issued the following a statement in opposition to a bill being considered by the Judiciary Committee of that state to "revise the corporate governance provisions [of the Connecticut Statutes] applicable to the Roman Catholic Church."

November 10, 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 7, 2008

Archbishops to be honored for rebuilding the Church in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Three leading national Catholic organizations honor Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, Archbishop Thomas Rodi and Archbishop Alfred Hughes for their exemplary leadership in rebuilding the Catholic Church in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane

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.

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 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.

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.


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.

November 14, 2007

Leadership Roundtable meets at bishops conference, publish Standards for Excellence.   

July 6, 2007 -

Leadership Roundtable Press Release - Recruiting, Retaining and Compensating a New Generation for Service in the Catholic Church.

June 29, 2006 -

Catholic Dioceses Encouraged to Produce Comprehensive Financial Reports: Archdiocese of Boston Honored with Leadership Roundtable Best Practices Award

March 14, 2005 -

Lay Leaders Reach Out to Roman Catholic Bishops to Join Forces
to Address Growing Financial, Communication and Management Pressures