Redeeming Administration

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

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Format: Paperback

Publication 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.

Product Details

Pages: 224

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781594714283

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “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 Zukowski, M.H.S.H.
    Director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives
    University of Dayton

  • “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
    Dean of the Institute for Pastoral Studies
    Loyola University Chicago

  • “Life changing.”

    “Garrido 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
    Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
    School of Theology and Ministry
    Seattle University

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