“We are not living in an era of change, but a change of era.”

Pope Francis

Equipping today’s leaders for tomorrow’s church

In these 10 sessions, clergy and laity will learn side-by-side as we explore contemporary leadership practices integrated with scripture and the example set by Jesus and His followers: think Brené Brown, Simon Sinek and Stephen Covey meet Jesus, St Peter and St Paul.

Join us as we seek to build intentional leadership in our parishes and communities.


“Be leaders wherever it behoves you to be. Leaders of thought, leaders of action, leaders of joy, leaders of hope, leaders of the construction of a better world.” – Pope Francis

“When we change our thinking, we change our lives.” – Stephen Covey

“Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” – Patrick Lencioni

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.– Peter Drucker

“Change cannot be put on people. The best way to instil change is to do it with them. Create it with them.” – Lisa Bodell

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

“Greatness is doable. Greatness is many, many individual feats, and each of them is doable.” – Angela Duckworth

“The most effective leaders are all alike in one crucial way: they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence.” – Daniel Goleman

“Integrity is choosing courage over comfort… practicing your values, not just professing them.” – Brené Brown

the details

The Leadership Intensive is taking a break in 2024. We look forward to coming back in 2025!

Express your interest now to be kept in the loop when registrations open.



Teresa McGrath

Teresa has been involved in ministry in the Church for over 15 years. She has a background in business management and is completing her Masters in Leadership and Theology.

She is passionate about helping parishes discover their vision for the future and mapping out the tangible steps towards achieving this vision.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Archbishop Mark is known for his robust knowledge of and ability to teach scripture, specialising in the Gospel of Luke.

Archbishop Mark has been the Archbishop of Brisbane since 2012. He was elected as President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for two terms from 2018-2022

Mark Hands

Mark Hands is the Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC); a leading senior school with an industry focus for 900 young people across five campuses.

Mark has extensive experience in the construction industry, youth work and education and has completed three degrees achieving a Master of Education on the topic of industry-based schooling. He has made leadership a central pillar and necessary habit of his company strategy over a 30-year career in schooling.

John Brady

John helped develop the national award winning “Mates in Construction” program in suicide prevention. John holds a Master’s in leadership, Bachelor of Education as well as undertaking considerable post graduate study in organisational psychology, theology, biblical anthropology and suicidology.

John has been visiting Uganda every year since 2005, conducting collaborative leadership programs, supporting micro economic projects, working strategically with ministries as well as working closely with parishes and schools.

Deacon Peter Pellicaan PhD

Peter has 20 years of experience serving within the Christian tradition in both lay and ordained capacities. He brings a fresh enthusiasm for the beauty, goodness and truth found in the Catholic Church.

He is passionate about encouraging Catholics to rediscover the wonder of their faith in order that they might re-engage in it, live it to the full, and share it with others.

Assoc Prof Rev Jamie Calder SJ

Fr Jamie is a registered and practicing psychologist whose clinical specialisation is situated broadly in Men’s Mental Health where his focus is on trauma, violence and abuse perpetration. For the past six years, Jamie has been missioned to Australian Catholic University where he has an academic appointment within the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

Jamie is also a senior academic mission leader, providing mission formation across ACU


  • Parish Priests and Chaplains
  • Associate Pastors
  • Pastoral Associates
  • Members of Pastoral Councils
  • Ministry team leaders (e.g. Youth Coordinator, Sacramental Coordinator)
  • Anyone else who has a leadership role within a parish or community.

archdiocesan certificate

Participants in this course will be awarded an Archdiocesan Certificate in Leadership at the completion of the course.

Some minimum requirements apply.

the details

Monday evenings | 29 May – 14 August* 2023
7-9pm | Xavier Hall, Holy Spirit Seminary
(487 Earnshaw Road, Banyo QLD)

*excluding school holidays



$150 per person* for groups of 5 or more
$150 per person for 18-35 year olds
$250 per person for individuals

In-person and livestream tickets are available. Click the registration button below to view ticket options. 

*Price applicable for groups of 5 or more participants from the same parish or community. 

Contact the parish leadership Team




(07) 3324 3440

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We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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