With the ever-increasing demands placed on our parish leaders, what can seminaries do to prepare priests to deal with the difficult issues they will face? In addition to formation in priestly spirituality and pastoral care, future pastors require lasting support as they discern the call to priesthood and prepare to enter parish leadership after ordination. Filled with valuable information for supporting seminarians in their ongoing formation, A Seminarian's Toolbox provides practical tools and guidance for achieving best practices in parish leadership.
This book is a project of The Leadership Roundtable, a nonprofit organization of Catholic lay leaders, religious, and clergy working together to promote best practices in the formation of clergy and lay leaders in the United States. Learn more at www.LeadershipRoundtable.org.
Deacon Patrick Stokely is a senior program manager at Leadership Roundtable delivering the full suite of leadership formation programs and consultancy services. He has facilitated leadership formation for Catholic clergy and lay leaders throughout the United States and Canada for over 20 years. Patrick has a wide range of experience in both corporate and faith-based environments, including serving in significant sales and marketing leadership positions at AT&T and Verizon. Patrick has extensive experience in analysis and organizational design working with bishops and their leadership teams. Patrick is certified by the Center for Creative Leadership to deliver the Catholic Leadership 360 assessment tool, is a certified standards for excellence licensed consultant, and is certified in the DiSC® Profile. He also serves as on faculty for the Toolbox for Pastoral Management. Patrick is a permanent deacon and serves in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.