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About Discerning Leadership

Our offerings

Our formation programs are intended to foster leadership for a synodal Church consistent with the example of Christ, who in the Gospels, modeled an authority that listened first to his Father, and then, in relationship with each person he encountered, was oriented to service, service most of all to the more abundant life of the Kingdom of God.

With attention to the spiritual maturity and the practical competence of the individuals and groups, the Discerning Leadership Program supports the formation of discerning bodies, and the attitudes, skills, and knowledge for leading organizational renewal in a synodal way of proceeding.

“I dream of a ‘missionary option’, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation”

Pope Francis (Evangelii Guadium n.27)

Where We Offer Programs


Our mission of leadership formation for a synodal Church focuses our attention on the Roman context, where are primary audience is composed of officials from the Vatican Curia, Superior Generals of religious congregations and their council members, and senior administrators in Catholic NGO’s headquartered in Rome. These programs are offered in English, Spanish, and Italian.


We provide online formation for the superiors of religious orders and their councils in Africa, India, and the Asia Pacific region, and over time, will continue to make our online offerings more widely available.

International Programs

Upon special invitation and in partnership with Jesuit conferences, we provide live, residential formation programs in the regional contexts of South Asia, Asia Pacific, and Africa. Forthcoming programs are being prepared for other regions. 


Alumni of our programs are entitled to accompaniment in the form of leadership coaching, spiritual direction, and the services of organizational consultation and development. According to special requests and availability, we provide these supports to a wider audience in the Church with special attention to the Roman context.

2019 Program summary


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