Emerging Models for Community Life and Leadership Teleconferences Series

Join us as experts explore the innovative models offering hope and promise for a way of being and doing Church that provides all Roman Catholics with the opportunity to participate fully in Church life and leadership. 

We'll hear from members of the Association of US Catholic Priests on their efforts to renew parish structures and ministerial leadership; experts on the Loebinger Model; lay ecclesial ministers who are forging new models for community life as they minister in the 21st century and more!   Sign up below!


September 13, 2017
Msgr. Ray Cole 
AUSCP Plan for Priestless Parishes

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October 18, 2017 
Professor Ed Hahnenberg
Emerging Models for Ministry

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October 27, 2017
Sr. Sandra Schneiders
John’s Gospel: Blueprint for the Future of Parish Life

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November 8, 2017
Fr. Robert D. Duch
The Lobinger Model for Parish Leadership and Ministry 

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January 17, 2018   
Jamie Manson
Religious Life for the Next Generation

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February 21, 2018
Chris Lowney
Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church        

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March 21, 2018
8:00pm ET
 Fr. Joseph Healey, MM
Pastoral Responses to the Worldwide Eucharistic Famine

Fr. Joseph Healey's presentation text 
Listen to podcast     The Way Forward: We Create the Path by Walking by Fr. Joe Healey    Young Christian Communities: Creating the Path by Walking by Alloys Nyakundi


April 4, 2018
8:00 pm ET
A Church without Religious Sisters?  Young Women Religious Speak Up About the Future

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May 16, 2018
8:00 pm ET
There is No Religious or Lay: Forging Innovative Religious Communities for the Future of the Church

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July 11, 2018
2:00pm ET
A Theology of the Eucharist for the Future
Prof. Thomas O'Loughlin

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August 15, 2018
8:00pm ET
Developing Strategies for the Future of Religious Community
Sr. Linda Romey, OSB

Erie Benedictine Linda Romey has been focused on the evolution religious life for a number of years. In this telecast she will be presenting the open source movement as a model for facilitating the growth of new offshoots of traditional religious life and the important role of networking in the growth process. Linda will also discuss how the ways we think and speak about religious life influence the perceptions of the wider church and culture. She will close with a few thoughts on the importance of think tanks, public relations and media campaigns to change negative perceptions.

Prior to becoming a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Linda was a member of an intentional lay community, modeled on the Catholic Worker, in the early 1980s. She left this community to be a lay missioner in Colombia, South America, where she was actively involved with Comunidades Ecclesiales de Base from mid-80s to 1993. Currently Linda is the web developer/designer and does marketing for the Erie Benedictines, Monasteries of the Heart and Benetvision. Linda holds a B.A. in Theology and French from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, and an MBA from DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management.