About us

“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).

It is Pope Francis’ call for “a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything” and his request for the Society of Jesus to share the gift of discernment that inspired the founding of the Program for Discerning Leadership.

The purpose of the Program for Discerning Leadership is to build the capacity of senior Church leaders, including officials in Vatican Dicasteries, General Superiors of religious orders, bishops, and lay leaders, for this mission of discernment, reform, and renewal.

The Program is dedicated to serving senior Church leaders in the following ways:

  • Catalyzing a hope filled commitment to the vision of a missionary Church that reaches out and builds a community of faith and witness with a preference for the service to the poor
  • Deepening the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for discernment as a communal way of proceeding
  • Enhancing the capacity and competencies associated with leading change for a synodal Church that is committed to dialogue, discernment, and prophetic action

Through courses and coaching, the Program will facilitate and support the participants in developing the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to lead in a synodal manner, i.e., in a way of proceeding that is Spirit led, process oriented, collaborative, and co-creative.

We believe that Church leaders enabled and empowered to lead in this manner will over time transform the Church and enact the synodal ecclesial community that Pope Francis is calling for. We want a Church that is at the frontiers.

Organizational Structure and Staffing

The Institute of Discerning Leadership is a project housed within the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU), in direct collaboration with the General Curia Office of Discernment and Apostolic Planning, the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) and the Union of Superiors General (USG).

The teaching team consists of faculty from Jesuit Colleges and Universities and other qualified instructors.

For more information please contact

Pablo Bernal – Project Manager of the Discerning Leadership Program
[email protected]

Administrative Team

David McCallum SJ

David McCallum SJ

Executive Director and Member of the Board of the Discerning Leadership Program

Pablo Bernal

Pablo Bernal

Project Manager of the Discerning Leadership Program

Sandra Chaoul

Sandra Chaoul

Leadership & Coaching Expert of the Discerning Leadership Program

Board of advisors

Pat Murray IBVM

Pat Murray IBVM

Emili Turú Rofes FMS

Emili Turú Rofes FMS

John Dardis SJ

John Dardis SJ

Michael Garanzini SJ

Michael Garanzini SJ

Faculty Members

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Paul Almeida

Paul Almeida

Bob Bies

Bob Bies

Jeanine Turner

Jeanine Turner

Brooks Holtom

Brooks Holtom

ESADE Business School

Ramon Garcia

Ramon Garcia

Carlos Losada

Carlos Losada

Josep M. Lozano

Josep M. Lozano

Sira Abenoza

Sira Abenoza

Xavier Mendoza

Xavier Mendoza

Paco Pepe SJ - Deusto University

Paco Pepe SJ - Deusto University

Gregorian Administrative Team

Jacquineau Azétsop, SJ

Jacquineau Azétsop, SJ

Enrique Grez, Mphc eV

Enrique Grez, Mphc eV

Mayra Cuellar, Missionarie delle Beatitudini

Mayra Cuellar, Missionarie delle Beatitudini

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