Called to Servant Leadership is a three year program designed to provide a quality theological education experience through courses, formation days, a practicum, and annual retreats. Sites include Saint Anselm College, Manchester, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Dover, and Plymouth State University, Plymouth.
Called to Servant Leadership is intended for anyone currently working in a leadership role within a parish.
In the final year of Called to Servant Leadership participants engage in a Practicum Experience, an internship, 25 to 30 hours in length. The Practicum content is determined by the participant, their pastor, and the program director. For participants it is an exciting time! See this evaluation by Marni Fennessy from St. Peter Parish in Farmington:
"My practicum experience was more rewarding than I had ever expected it to be. I approached the month of January with great ambivalence, wondering both how I would fit the hours into my family’s busy schedule, and if this experience would truly benefit my future in ministry. I quickly got my answers. The rewarding parts of my practicum are too numerous to list in a paragraph. From meeting new people outside the bubble of my own parish, Called to Servant Leadership classes, to solidifying my love and passion of my pastoral ministry…I left each session feeling all signs pointed to “Yes!” The most fulfilling parts for me were the moments when I got the extras I was not anticipating. I also participated in self-discovery, awareness and confidence, not only in ministry, but life in general.
The most challenging part for me was fitting the required hours into my life. It’s a heavy commitment to take on and for the most part, I was able to tackle this with the support of family and friends. It is a great realization to learn this practicum doesn’t just involve you…anybody close to you becomes involved in the process as well. (Which might be challenging, but isn’t such a negative thing!)"
Applications are being accepted for the Standard Level, three-year program, Called to Servant Leadership, beginning in September 2013. Those who complete this program will feel more competent and confident in their ministry. Speak to your pastor regarding the possibility of your participation.
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
Fax: (603) 669-0377
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