Mission Inspired Leadership

Catholic Social Services Victoria is presenting our 2021 program of Mission Inspired Leadership evenings online. Through a series of four connected workshops, it offers a range of inputs and opportunities for shared reflection with colleagues and leaders:

  • 5 August: Leadership Practice in a Catholic Context
  • 2 September: Leadership Influenced by Catholic Social Teaching
  • 7 October: Hearts and Minds: Engaging the Whole Organisation in Mission
  • 11 November: Building a Sustainable Mission-Driven Future

Due to the ongoing uncertainty due to the pandemic, they will be held via Zoom, from 5pm – 6.30pm. Each session will have space for reflection and discussion.

The call to leadership in a mission-inspired setting requires input and reflection on the implications of mission — and, in our case, the Catholic mission for what an organisation does, prioritises and how it goes about doing.

The Mission Inspired Leadership program is a professional development opportunity for senior leaders (Board members, CEOs, senior/executive managers and emerging leaders) in the Catholic social services sector and other affiliated organisations within health and education, which focuses on this mission-oriented dimension of leadership.

Relevant and useful written resources are included in the cost of this program.

Please consider inviting relevant colleagues to be part of this experience, and particularly any Board Directors or Senior Management who are new to your organisation. Previous participants have commented:

” The MIL program challenged our thinking of priorities & focus. Very relevant questions to consider without having the answers. Inspiring session challenging us to think beyond day to day…”

“The conceptual was clearly linked to positive action. It helped me to understand potential organisational paths to mission. There are different structures – processes I can think about where I can influence discussion of the bigger moral issues.”

For 2021, four skilled and highly experienced speakers will lead reflection and dialogue with participants in connecting critical decision-making to mission and purpose within the Catholic social services context, as well as providing the space for personal reflection:

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Ms Cath Garner

Having specialised in nursing, education, management, and theology, Cath maintains a deep-rooted knowledge and understanding of the social and clinical determinants that shape our society. She currently holds the role of Chair of the MSC International Health Commission, is Chair of CSSV’s Catholic Ethos and Identity Committee and works as Director of Learning and Innovation at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Her career in Australian healthcare spans over three decades, including a total of 25 years at Cabrini, mostly recently as Group Director of Mission and Cabrini Outreach Limited.

Mr Peter Hay

Peter is currently the Edmund Rice Formation Coordinator, with focus on social ministries. He delivers mission-oriented programs across the Christian Brothers Oceania Province, including PNG, NZ and Australia.

Dr Lisa McDonald

Lisa’s is the Group Leader Mission for St Vincent’s Health Australia and has responsibility for leading growth and development in Mission across St Vincent’s many staff and expansive 39 facilities. Prior to this, Lisa held the role of Director of Mission, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, where she was pivotal in the establishment of the hospital’s Aboriginal Health Unit and increasing staff capacity to respond to the needs of vulnerable patients experiencing poverty through the Good Samaritan Fund.

Mr Denis Fitzgerald

Denis currently serves in governance and advisory roles with a number of organisations active in aged care, education and community services, and is engaged in parish leadership and prison ministry. He has deep experience in leadership within the Catholic social services sector. Earlier careers were as an Australian diplomat, including service as Australian High Commissioner to Nauru, and policy and management roles with the Victorian Government. Denis has qualifications in arts, business, theology and public policy.

For more information , contact Lucia.
Sign up as soon as possible, this program usually fills to capacity – although the zoom format makes numbers slightly more flexible, we aim to finalise participant places by the 2nd August 2021 at the latest.

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