Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Gardner Renewal Days for Seasoned Pastors


These shorter, midweek days of renewal focus on singular topics and are designed for those who have been in ministry for some time.

Date - November 11-13, 2014 

Cost - $395

  • Included: Overnight accommodations, meals from Tuesday supper through Thursday breakfast, program curriculum and printed materials.
  • Not included: any purchases at Jack's Coffee Shop, the UnStable, Scholar Shop or Gift Shop.

The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates is able to offer workshops and programs at a lower cost due to the generosity of many benefactors. The actual cost per participant for "The Seasoned Pastor" workshop is considerably higher than the amount charged.

Spiritual Leadership: Skills of the Successful Pastor

The expectations for leaders are complicated and extensive. As a result, leadership can be emotionally, spiritually and interpersonally draining. This workshop identifies tangible skills to help leaders thrive in a ministerial setting. Participants will learn the importance of how faith and spirituality guide leaders and how cultivating the right environment contributes to effective and successful ministry.

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Emily R. Cash, PsyD
Dr. Cash is a licensed psychologist in Kentucky and Maryland, and an adjunct member of the clinical services department at St. Luke Institute. She obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Kentucky and completed her doctoral training in a community mental health setting in New York City.

From 2006-2010, she was on staff in the residential treatment program at St. Luke Institute before returning to Kentucky to open St. Luke Center, where she serves as clinical director. Her clinical services include individual and group therapy, psychological evaluation and assessment, and teaching psycho-educational groups and workshops geared toward mental health and well-being.
Cash, Emily
Fr. Thomas Boland, MA
Father Boland has been pastor of two large parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Previously, he served as a marriage and family therapist and was the founder and director of the Archdiocesan Family Ministries Office. Currently, he is a spiritual director and a member of the adjunct staff of St. Luke Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Fr. Tom Boland
Tues., Nov. 11  
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Registration
4:00 p.m. Welcome Social
5:00 p.m. Vespers
5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 8:15 p.m. Program Session - What Does Being an Effective Pastor Really Mean? 
In this session, Father Boland and Dr. Cash will highlight the benefits of how being an effective leader and pastor can contribute to a well-functioning church community.
Wed., Nov. 12   
7:30 a.m. Mass
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Program Session Exploring Leadership Skills and Styles - How to Create a Healthy Working Environment
In this session, Dr. Cash will outline different leadership models and specific skills that contribute to creating healthy working environments and generative ministry practices.
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Program Session - Being an Effective Leader - Leadership in the Pastoral Setting
In this session, Fr. Boland will address specifically the leadership skills consistent with effective pastoral ministry.
Noon - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Program Session - Working with Difficult Personalities: Healthy Skills for Communication. Challenging Pastoral Situations: Relying Upon Your Faith and Spirituality
Dr. Cash will discuss the different types of personalities that can act as obstacles in parish communities. Fr. Boland will then focus on how to anchor oneself in his faith and spirituality when faced with difficult situations. Case studies employed.
5:00 p.m. Vespers
5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 8:15 p.m. Program Session - The Value of Self-Care in Serving as an Effective Leader
In this final session, Fr. Boland and Dr. Cash will talk about self-care strategies imperative to functioning as an effective minister and resources that ultimately contribute to life-giving, sustainable ministry.
Thurs., Nov. 13  
7:30 a.m. Mass
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast 

Tuesday, November 11 - Thursday, November 13, 2014

Registration Deadline

October 31, 2014. Minimum of 12 participants required. 


Gardner Renewal Day workshops are $395. Included:

  • Two nights accommodations in St. Bede Hall
  • All meals from Tuesday supper through Thursday breakfast
  • All program fees and material costs

Additional overnight accommodations and meals, subject to availability, are in addition to the workshop fee. Call by registration deadline for availability and pricing.

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