Redeeming Administration

Redeeming Administration

12 Spiritual Habits for Catholic Leaders in Parishes, Schools, Religious Communities, and Other Institutions 

Author: Ann M. Garrido

Foreword by: Gerard J. Olinger C.S.C.

Price: $14.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 224

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-428-3

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: September 23, 2013

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Winner of a 2014 Catholic Press Award: Professional Book (Third Place). 

Ann Garrido’s 2009 article in America magazine on the spirituality of administration in Catholic settings created a wave of demand in this successful academic administrator’s already full speaking schedule. Garrido admits that she sometimes finds administration draining, even boring, as it fractures her days into “tiny shards of time” that make it impossible to focus on “the big ideas.” And yet she has found spiritual gifts in her many years as a theologian, parish minister, and administrator in higher education. In Redeeming Administration, she reveals those gifts by examining twelve spiritual habits for Catholic leaders in parishes, schools, religious communities, and other institutions—presenting a saint who embodies each habit—and showing readers how to experience their administrative work as a crucial ministry of the Church.

A brief prayer and questions for personal reflection, group conversation, or spiritual direction complete each chapter. Free downloads to accompany Redeeming Administration include a small-group guide and prayer resources.


“You can’t just read it once."

“You can’t just read it once. Its truths grab hold of your being, force you to wrestle with reality, and only loosen their grasp on your soul when you begin to embrace the spiritual gifts of administration. Challenging and comforting, this book made me think, forced me to be honest and enticed me into dialogue with others.”

Leland Nagel
Executive Director
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

“I started reading and almost couldn’t stop!"

“I started reading and almost couldn’t stop! Of course, true to what Ann Garrido points out, this book wasn’t on my to-do list for today. Administration often feels like a necessary evil, keeping us from things we’d rather be doing. But Garrido revisions it for us into a necessary grace with blessed companions, delightful reflections, and spirit-sustaining prayers for the journey.”

Sr. Diane Koorie, S.S.M
Office of Pastoral Ministry
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

“A cornucopia of refreshment."

“A cornucopia of refreshment for administrators' worried minds and weary spirits. Offering keen insights, holy companions, stories and prayers, Redeeming Administration reclaims our work as vocation and rekindles our hearts to serve with joy!”

Celeste Mueller
Vice President
Formation and Theological Education
Ascension Health

"A new required text!

"I have found here a new required text! I deeply appreciate Garrido's earthy, humorous, and reflective style. She understands the challenges and gifts of administration, yet invites me to reflect differently about mundane tasks. For the first time, I can actually see my life in administration as the fruitful living out of a vocation of discipleship. I find her thinking, her turns of phrase, her deep scripture, and tradition-based reflections life changing.”

Sharon Callahan
Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Life
School of Theology and Ministry Seattle University

"Garrido shows how to make even our most mundane work redemptive.”

“Our Catholic institutions are signs of Christ's saving mission. But they can only realize this sacramentality if they have administrators who see their work as holy. Garrido brings her considerable theological insight to bear on the administrator's vocation. She teaches us how to redeem our ministry and how to make even our most mundane work redemptive.”

Rev. Charles E. Bouchard, O.P.
Prior Provincial
Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great

"A delightful read for any Catholic leader!”

“Garrido's book is a welcome resource for all those in ministry who find themselves thrust into administration. She shows how the work need not be draining but instead can become ‘A spiritual pathway by which good people can become better.’ A delightful read for any Catholic leader!”

Brian Schmisek
Institute for Pastoral Studies Director
Loyola University Chicago

"A great pocket guide."

"This little book is a great pocket guide to nudge pastoral leaders and other Catholic administrators toward in-depth critical reflection, discernment, and leadership praxis that will make a profound difference in our twenty-first century Church."

Sr. Angela Ann Zuchowski, M.H.S.H.
Institute for Pastoral Initiatives Director
University of Dayton

"I highly recommend this book to anyone who works in administration in the Church!"

"A great help for those who tackle the great and small tasks of building God's reign through the work of administration. Garrido masterfully unites the experience of talented administrators with the wisdom and tradition of the Church to unveil the presence of God. She offers wonderful advice and tells the stories of exemplary saint-companions with humor and honesty. I highly recommend this book to anyone who works in administration in the Church!"

Kristen Hempstead McGann
Associate Director
Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry
Archdiocese of Chicago

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