Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

The Newly Appointed Pastor

Fr Bernie Etienne teaching

This four-day workshop addresses the duties of pastors: teaching, sanctifying and governing. Effective pastoring requires skills in leading and managing, planning and communicating, organizing and stewarding. Understanding and implementing the practices necessary for working well with fellow clergy, staff and volunteers both within his own parish and larger circles of the Church are all key to pastoring successfully.

Dates: September 16-20, 2019
November 4-8, 2019

Cost - $700

Cost includes: Overnight accommodations, scheduled meals from Monday dinner through Friday lunch, program fees and printed materials.

The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates is able to offer workshops and programs at a lower cost due to the generosity of many benefactors.

To Teach, to Sanctify and to Govern as Christ Did
The foundation of the parish pastor's ministry is Jesus's three-fold identity as priest, prophet and king. The opening session sets the stage for understanding why we do what we do as pastors. Instructor: Fr. Dustin Boehm (September workshop); Fr. John Kang (November workshop)
Praying as Pastor     
In this session, we examine elements of priestly spirituality specifically focused on parish ministry and leadership. We will also examine particular ways in which your spirituality can help strengthen you in the midst of multiple ministry assignments. Instructor: Fr. Peter Marshall
Leading as Pastor 
New pastors are encouraged to see the essential tasks of leadership in a parish as an integral part of their ministry. The morning session focuses on maintaining priestly identity while accomplishing the administrative tasks of the pastor, while the afternoons examine a theology of pastoral leadership. Instructors: Reverend Monsignor Bill Stumpf (mornings), and Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB (afternoons)


2:00-4:00 p.m. Registration
5:00  Social and evening prayer
5:30  Dinner
6:30  Opening Session
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 -11:00  Program Session 
11:30  Mass
Noon Lunch
1:30-4:00 p.m. Program Session
5:00  Evening Prayer 
5:30  Dinner 
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00  Program Session
11:30  Mass
Noon Lunch 
1:30-4:00 p.m. Program Session 
5:00  Evening Prayer
5:30  Dinner
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 Program Session
11:30  Mass
Noon Lunch
1:30-4:00 p.m. Program Session
5:30  Dinner
7:30 a.m. Mass
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00 Program Session
Noon Lunch (optional)


  • Monday, September 16 - Friday, September 20, 2019

  • Monday, November 4 - Friday, November 8, 2019

Registration Deadlines

  • September workshop: August 25, 2019

  • November workshop: October 21, 2019 


The Newly Appointed Pastor workshop is $700. Included:

  • Accommodations in St. Bede Hall
  • All meals from Monday supper through Friday lunch
  • All program fees and material costs

Cost of overnight accommodations and meals beyond the scheduled dates, subject to availability, are in addition to the workshop fee. Call by registration deadline for availability and pricing of additional night(s) accommodations and meals. 

How to Register

Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
200 Hill Drive
St. Meinrad, IN 47577

Fax: (812) 357-6283 

  • I got insights from the different presenters in regards to pastoral ministry in the parish. I am now aware of things that can be done effectively in the parish and in the life of a priest. This workshop has given me a new perspective and a new motivation to work on different aspects of parish ministry. Now I can go back to the parish with this question: what would I do differently?
  • Very necessary, informative and educational - especially for international priests.
  • It was a great workshop. I will recommend it to other newly appointed pastors.

  • It was very timely given some of the issues that I am currently dealing with in my parish.

  • I realized how little I really know about civil law and requirements and safeguards for parishes. I learned quite a lot.

  • I left this session with a realization of how much homework I have to do! I now know the questions to ask my diocese. This session was very timely as our parish begins its annual budget process.

  • Gave examples from parish experience that we could immediately relate to. Very basic, making no presumptions that we already knew certain concepts - which was good! Very thorough, covering many areas of the topic. Gave helpful definitions, tips and guides.

  • Helpful overview that left me with categories to investigate in internal control, promoting stewardship and effectively using our advisory councils.