The Ministry Formation Program

Beginning the SSND Journey Together

Seventeen leaders from seven sponsored ministries and province departments gathered virtually from all parts of the Atlantic-Midwest Province for the New Employee Orientation (NEO), offered on Tuesday morning, November 9th and Wednesday afternoon, November 10th.

The Heart of Who We Are and What We Do

Thirteen leaders in the Ministry Formation Program (four of whom are starting the program) gathered virtually for Ministry Formation Session III during the weekend of Oct. 22-23. This session explored JPIC, Catholic identity and Catholic social teaching.

The Essence and Scope of Communication in SSND Ministry

On Monday, February 28th Ministry Services facilitated its third board roundtable conversation, “Essential Communication for the SSND Ministry Board Member.” Patrick Laorden, Associate Director of Ministry Services, and Mary Anne O’Donnell, Associate, facilitated the roundtable conversation.

The Fire Continues to Burn Brightly

Claiming the Fire Within had a different feel this year, rescheduled from last year and taking place virtually due to ongoing safety concerns. Thirteen leaders courageously said “yes” to go on retreat, despite not being able to participate in person. The retreat featured online times to hear presenters and engage in small and large group sharing. There were offline times as well for retreatants to pray, reflect and explore contemplative activities.
Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger and quotes

A Journey with Common Threads

On October 23-24th, the Department of Ministry Services offered its first-ever virtual ministry formation session. Fourteen participants tuned in from Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, New York, Connecticut and Canada.  Participants ranged from executive directors, board chairs, department directors, and those with leading roles in development, communications, campus ministry, health care, ministry formation and behavioral health.

Ministry Formation Sessions began its third cycle in October 2018

For the first time since the inception of the sessions in 2014, lay campus ministers were included, to strengthen the relationship between their ministry leadership and the SSND component on campus. Other participants hold a leadership role in a province department, in healthcare administration for a province facility, as a board chair, as executive director and program director, and as an assistant head of school for academics.