Rev. Fr. William Jarema, Society of Missionaries of Mercy

Dealing with Burnout and Self-care.

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Ministry burnout is when you make an ash of yourself. How you balance the responsibilities of family, ministry and personal health determines how well you will “live life to the full” John 10:10. This workshop will provide a variety of self-assessments and time to make a critical review of your Health Care Plan, areas for improvement, assessing your Social Atom and support network. We will practice remembering the moments of mercy so as to feed a hungry soul and add to your personal menu of prayer so that you are well connected to the God of tender mercy.

Fr. Bill has provided workshops, retreats and clergy conferences internationally. As part of the Mercy Center team, he offers a residential pastoral care treatment program  – The Vitality Program, a 13-week Sabbatical Program every Fall and Spring, and a five-week Spiritual Directors Training /Renewal Program –every summer. 

He provides a specialized program for clergy and religious on "Conscious Celibacy: Truth or Consequence," an intensive review of the biological, psychological and social implications of celibacy and those who dare to be celibate in the 21st century.

Father Bill is a National Certified Counselor, Spiritual Director, Workshop and Retreat Director.


Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, O.S.F., President and CEO of The National Catholic Development Conference, Inc.,

Accountability for Mission: Lessons from the Past, Learnings for the Present, Viability in the Future

This presentation will focus upon what it means to advance the mission of a religious institute.
It will explore pitfalls and mistakes to avoid as well as challenges and the new “must knows” involved in current development work.

It will include practical suggestions to help attendees develop strategies and goals that will empower them to continue to  witness, proclaim, engage and invite others in Mission of Jesus as it is expressed in each institute’s charism and mission.

Sean Kehoe, Trinity Direct, Butler, NJ

Fasten your seatbelts! Get ready for an exciting and interactive ride exploring all things Direct Mail.

Buckle up…

This session will focus on all things direct mail. We’ll go from Exit 1 “The Basics”, to Exit 4 “Data”, then all the way to the Last Exit “Major gifts” and everything in between.

Bring your personal experiences and hardest direct mail questions and be prepared for an interactive session learning about direct mail and why it is still the most important component to your fundraising program.

Jean M. Bartunek RSCJ

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Preserving and resurrecting the legacies of religious orders

Some religious orders, and some individual monasteries or self-contained houses of religious orders, may be declining, and/or nearing completion. Even if this is the case, it should not end the legacy of the religious order or individual houses.

In this session I will suggest some of the means that may be involved in preserving the legacy of a religious order during decline and then resurrecting it after completion.  I will give examples of how these have occurred in a variety of organizations, including religious orders. I will suggest that the main issues to consider are the culture of the religious order or monastery and the relationships it has with others.

After the presentation I will facilitate discussions among participants about what these components are, and help them brainstorm initial ideas about preservation and resurrection of legacies.   

Jean M. Bartunek RSCJ is the Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair and Professor of Management and Organization at Boston College.  Her B.A. in psychology and sociology is from Maryville University (St. Louis), and her PhD is in social and organizational psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a Past President and Fellow of the Academy of Management, and currently serves as Dean of the Fellows. In 2009 she won the Academy of Management’s Career Distinguished Service Award, and she was chair of its Ethics Adjudication Committee from 2009 – 2012.   Jean has written a number of articles on religious life, including some on how the Religious of the Sacred Heart changed their organizational structure and another on how LCWR responded to the Apostolic Visitation of US women religious.

Robert J. Allen & Mary Kay Swenson

Providing Residential Housing for the elderly seeking independent living

Robert J. Allen, the founder of the Benedictine Development Symposium in 1991, has worked in development since 1962. Bob has been a Development Consultant for over 40 different Benedictine communities. He has been married to Dorothy for 59 years. They have 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. His book on development, “Text for Task”, is in its 8th printing.

Mary Kay Swenson has worked with her father, Bob Allen, in development consulting for over 15 years. She holds a degree in theology from Catholic Distance University as well as a 4-year certification in Biblical Studies from the University of Dallas. She considers her work as an independent development consultant a ministry of discipleship. This year Mary Kay and her husband, Barry, will celebrate 35 years of marriage. They have four grown children.


Other workshop leaders to be announced at a later time.

For more information, call Brother Tobias Dammert at  402-352-4189