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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Every issue of The Catholic Leader focuses on how to be a better leader – ideally, a Jesus-like Leader, someone who embodies the roles of servant, steward and shepherd. (If you were in church this past weekend, you heard Jesus tell his ...

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By Dick Kunnert Yeshua Board Member/Master Facilitator September slipped past me as Suicide Prevention Month, but the issue is just too critical to put off until that month rolls around in another year. I’m compelled to comment on the issue of suicide prevention from a Catholic Christian...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute There’s an invaluable resource available to every leader, but only a relatively small number of them ever become aware enough to use it. We call those in these select ranks Effective Leaders. Steve Keating calls them Authentic Leaders. ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute No Catholic is likely to have failed to notice the polarization that has infected the church in recent decades – and especially in the last five years. The gap has grown since 2016 when Donald Trump campaigned for and was elected Presid...

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By Dave Coe Master Facilitator There are times when true friendship requires us to go the extra mile -- serving one another as we bring a friend(s) to Christ. Such was the case with the men in the story Jesus shares with us in the Gospel of Luke (5:18-19). Some men came carrying on a s...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute It’s hard to accomplish anything positive if you’re trying to do it in a hostile culture. Don’t believe me? Ask General Custer. Of course, building a healthy culture – at work or at home, in your parish or in your c...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute It’s not often that I recommend to a Catholic audience a book about leadership that isn’t my own. If you’re a Catholic of any kind – including catholic with a small “c” – I heartily recommend The Cath...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Recently I had a dream. The U.S. bishops were meeting at a conference, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), over Zoom. They were gathered for their semiannual meeting, always held in June. Initially, these spring meetings wer...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Back in my days as publisher of a small community newspaper group, we got a new electronic typesetter machine. It was amazing. It could spit out justified type in any of several different fonts, each in four versions -- regular, bold, italic ...

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By Dick Kunnert Yeshua Board Member, Master Facilitator I am having a dialogue with my daughter about how annoyed I am by a local practice of saying the Prayer to St. Michael at the end of Mass. Her position, as I hear it, is: “What’s the big deal?” To me it is a big deal ...

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