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Learning to lead; learning to serve

Diocesan staff, parishioners, graduate from

two-year ‘Tending the Talents’ program

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

To be a better servant, one must learn to be a better leader.
Two years ago, the Diocese of Dodge City embarked on a journey called “Tending the Talents,” designed to help participants recognize how they could be stronger leaders, and thus better servants.
The program culminated Aug. 2 with a ceremony at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City in which dozens of participants received a certificate of graduation. The program was presented by the Catholic Leadership Institute, which had recently completed the program for priests, “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds” in the Diocese of Dodge City. Bishop John Brungardt, who had been named bishop but not yet installed when the program began, said he was thrilled when he learned that the diocese was utilizing the program. He and several other priests had recently taken part in “Good Leaders, Good Shepherds” while serving in the Diocese of Wichita.
“This intensity, this sacrifice has paid off to help you help us as a diocese, as a people of faith,” he told those gathered, “with our leadership, with our following the model: the image of Jesus Christ the good shepherd, the top leader, our example of leading as a servant.”
The program included several day-long classes held throughout the nearly two-year period in which participants, including the staff of the Catholic chancery, Catholic Social Service, and parishioners and staff of local parishes, were asked to look deeply at their personal strengths and weaknesses. Participants were taught, often through group activity, to begin to understand character traits of those around them, so that they could react with more empathy and better leadership skills.
With the help of CLI staff, as well as Bishop Brungardt and Father Robert Schremmer, Vicar General, participants listed their Key Responsibility Areas for their specific job, and realized -- some for the first time -- just how many hats they wear.
Were they wearing too many hats? Should they be delegating responsibilities to others? Are they managing their time wisely?
“When Father Jim Dieker read all of my key responsibilities, he told me, ‘You must delegate!’” said Sister Rocio Malonado, MCMI, in her delightful Latino accent. “And then I started delegating! And that’s a good job,” she said with a broad smile. “And it saves time and work.”
Participants took part in exercises designed to teach them to create an ideal team and an ideal environment for accomplishing sometimes daunting tasks in their parish or Catholic
organization.  
Amy Falcon, a social worker with Catholic Social Service, found herself utilizing the training in her office long before she graduated from the program.
“It was very beneficial for my role because, somewhere along this journey we were divided into teams at our office. … We’ve had to write our KRAs and goals for our teams,” she said. “It has really helped us to gain focus and see where we need to work on things so that we can keep our programs growing, keep them alive. Because, in the end, if we are able to do that, we can serve more people -- which is what we’re there to do.”
“…As Tending the Talents continued,” noted Deanna Jones, pastoral minister at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “I think I really learned a lot more not only about myself -- that God really did entrust me with particular gifts and abilities -- but also the realization that the parish that I work for is amazing. And the staff which I work with is incredible. And the diocese that we are all a part of is bearing so much fruit and there’s so much excitement to be found here.
“…Beyond the KRAs and the Smart Goals, sponsoring a team and all of those formalities, the more important thing that I got from this program was that God gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it,” Jones said. “And there are a lot of wonderful things ahead. And realizing that, and being able to surrender that into God’s hands really means that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. It just makes me very thankful to be here and to see where God leads us in the future.”

Past Issues

Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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