Advancing Our Church is a Podcast focused to bring you new ideas, best practices, and stories of people who are Advancing the mission of our Church today. Advancing Our Church is a production of Changing Our World. Changing Our World is a world-class fundraising and social impact consulting firm that has been advising both nonprofits and corporations for the past 20 years.
91. Mark Conzemius
Our guest today is Mark Conzemius, President at the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota. Mark has been president of the Foundation since 1994, and during that time he has significantly grown the assets by inviting the faithful of the Diocese of Sioux Falls to leave a legacy of love and faith. Mark has a long history in leadership, relationship development, fundraising, and public speaking, and a deep faith that guides him in this mission. Join Changing Our World‘s Jim Friend for this inspiring discussion and learn how Catholic Stewardship has come alive in Eastern South Dakota.
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Recorded March 6, 2021
About the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls
The Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls was established in 1889 by Pope Leo XIII, and has been a significant presence in eastern South Dakota. For 125 years, it has not only spread the message of the Gospel but has lived the message through its ministries and parishes. Through spiritual and sacramental outreach, educational endeavors, and a commitment to service, the Church has made a difference in people’s lives. They strive to continue this tradition by making the Diocese an even better place to live, learn, work and worship. The Diocese of Sioux Falls is headed by Most Rev. Donald E. DeGrood and numbers over 120,000 baptized members.
90. Cande de Leon, “The Heart of the Mission”
Changing Our World‘s Jim Friend talks with Cande de Leon, Executive Director of the Office for Mission Advancement in the Diocese of Phoenix about his new book, Heart of the Mission: Simple Ways to Bring People to Jesus. In the book, Cande shows what it takes to get back on track. With wisdom and humor born of his own experience, he shows how our Christian mission always begins and ends with people. To help us live this in our daily life and work, he guides us through three transformational principles for ministry and life: Strengthening relationships, Boldly growing engagement, and Connecting people to the mission.
Whether you are a pastor, part of a parish staff, or a volunteer at your home parish, these principles apply to you. Because if we really want to make transformational change in our Church and our world, we first have to recognize the people in front of us — who they are, what they need, what gifts God has given them, and how he is inviting them to participate in the mission of the Church. Not merely another program to transform your parish, this book offers a simple yet radical invitation to roll up your sleeves and make a difference by getting back to basics.
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About Cande de Leon
Cande de Leon has served as executive director of the Office of Mission Advancement for the Diocese of Phoenix since 2016. He leads a team committed to advancing the mission of Christ through stewardship, evangelization, and discipleship formation. He spent seven years in the Diocese of Corpus Christi serving as the director of parish stewardship and development, where he raised over $37 million (with a goal of $18 million) for the Legacy of Faith ~ Future of Hope Capital & Endowment Campaign. Cande has been married to his wife, Rosemary, for 23 years. They have four daughters.
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Recorded February 26, 2021
89. Guiding and Strengthening California Catholics
Advancing Our Church visits the beautiful state of California again this week through a conversation with the Most Reverend Ramón Bejarano, Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego, and Deacon Jose Reyes, Parish Life Coordinator of St. Stanislaus Parish in Modesto, CA. Bishop Bejarano and Deacon Reyes discuss their ministries and service to parishioners through justice and peace, teaching, and the sharing of their gifts with the Latino community. Both men recently served together when Bishop Bejarano was pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish where Deacon Reyes now serves as Parish Life Coordinator, a relatively new position in his diocese. Hear how they are engaging Catholics and making a difference in the lives of many in California. Changing Our World‘s Anna Vallez joins Jim Friend to facilitate this discussion.
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Recorded February 23, 2021
During this Season of Lent, I invite you to visit my wife, Kristin’s YouTube Channel to pray with our family. Each video features our family praying the Holy Rosary, Stations of the Cross, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and much more. Kristin’s Crosses YouTube Channel can be found at www.youtube.com/kristinscrosses. Below are the Scriptural Stations of the Cross by Saint John Paul II. Let’s keep each other in prayer during our 2021 Lenten journey.
Peace – Jim Friend
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88. Nancy Padberg, CEO of Catholic Education Arizona
Changing Our World‘s Jim Friend interviews Nancy Padberg, President & CEO of Catholic Education Arizona, a scholarship organization based in Phoenix, Arizona with a mission to make it possible for underserved families in Arizona to have a quality, Catholic education for their children. Nancy has been in her role for 2 years. She has her Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University and MBA from Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business. Nancy has served on the boards of Pepperdine University and Iowa State University, Greenlee School of Journalism Board, and currently serves on Catholic Charities BOD in Arizona. Nancy believes in creating high-performance teams and environments with respect, value, and trust for associates through continuous communications. She spent most of her career in Los Angeles and San Francisco, leading marketing and media companies. Nancy has been married to her husband, David for 30 years and they have three children and two dogs! Nancy is very proud of her father who is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and her grandfather Felix who built the altar at their church, St. Patricks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Mission of Catholic Education Arizona
The mission of Catholic Education Arizona is to make it possible for underserved families in Arizona to provide a quality, Catholic education for their children. Through the support of the tax credit, every child has an equal opportunity to pursue an education that allows them to reach their highest potential. Our organization provides both individual and corporate Arizona taxpayers to directly choose what their taxes support. 99% of the students of the Diocese of Phoenix graduate high school and 97% continue to post-secondary education or enter military service. That means that Catholic Education Arizona and Arizona taxpayers work together investing in Arizona’s economy and the education of the next generation.
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Recorded February 19, 2021
87. Faith and Fundraising in 2021
2020 forced us to reimagine many of our longstanding fundraising best practices, from major gifts to direct marketing and events to grant writing. What did we learn, what new ideas will we keep, and how will our strategies need to evolve as we emerge into a post-pandemic world? Join Changing Our World’s Jim Friend, host of the Advancing Our Church Podcast for this conversation to hear from fellow Catholic leaders about their new insights and recommendations for sustained donor support in 2021.
Our special guests include Joseph M. Gillmer, CFRE® CSPG CAP®, Executive Director of Development, Archdiocese of Washington, Sarah Hanley, President and CEO, The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia (CFGP), Lisa Quist, Chief Development Officer, Edmundite Missions, and Kevin R. Callahan, Director of Special Events, SOAR! Support Our Aging Religious, Inc.
We begin our episode with our guest, Kevin Compagna, Director of Sales and Service at Catholic Purchasing Services, Inc. who will share information about a special opportunity for Catholic Schools.
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86. Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min.
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Changing Our World‘s Jim Friend interviews Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min., Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center and a member of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottine Fathers and Brothers). Fr. Frank is also Executive Director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men of the United States (CMSM), the national organization representing leaders of Catholic religious institutes for men, monasteries, and societies of apostolic life in the United States. Jim and Fr. Frank discuss the life-giving mission of the Catholic Apostolate Center and how they have adapted and enhanced their ministry through the pandemic. Fr. Frank also shares the joys and opportunities of the religious life for the CMSM and closes with some thoughts on the upcoming season of Lent.
About Fr. Frank
Fr. Frank’s academic background, teaching, presenting, pastoral and administrative work is focused primarily around evangelization, spiritual formation, and pastoral practice that fosters greater co-responsibility and collaboration among all the baptized. Father holds additional provincial, national and international leadership positions in the Pallottines and in the Union of Catholic Apostolate (UAC), an international public association of the faithful founded by St. Vincent Pallotti in 1835. Fr. Frank is the former Provincial Rector of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate. Some of his other prior assignments include Provincial Director of Formation, Pastoral Director of St. Jude Shrine in Baltimore, MD, and Chaplain of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken, NJ.
Fr. Frank writes, presents and gives numerous interviews on evangelization, co-responsibility and collaboration in ministry and apostolate, pastoral planning, Church leadership and management, and Catholic and Pallottine spirituality. He has spoken at various colleges and universities, schools of Theology, dioceses, and national and international conferences as well as on radio, television, and podcasts. He also provides consultation to Catholic dioceses, religious communities, and organizations in the United States and internationally. Fr. Frank and the Center are recipients of the Gaudium et Spes Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry. The award is its highest honor and recognizes an outstanding individual or organization for promoting understanding of the Church in the world according to the vision of Vatican II.
He collaborated with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the development of Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization and on the Convocation of Catholic Leaders. Fr. Frank served as a Consultant to the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis ...
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