March 2022 - Catholic Diocese of Biloxi Schools

Leadership, Team Building, and Setting Goals to Improve Student Performance and Form Disciples of Jesus Christ

March 27-29, 2022
Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, Alabama

This retreat with the Leadership Teams from the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi will focus on helping the 15 schools in the Diocese take the next steps toward creating cultures of intentional discipleship for their school communities. The goals for the event include:  

  •  Get the staff familiar with each other in an enjoyable atmosphere
  • Break boundaries between management and staff to bring out everyone’s best work.
  • Team Building – how the work gets done and how each person has to be accountable and have the necessary authority to complete their work while understanding that a larger goal/process needs focus.
  • Skill development in planning, problem solving, innovation, and decision making.
  • Bring all schools to the same place in Parish-School-Family Partnership and Forming Intentional Disciples of Christ.
  • Help each school develop a plan for Faith Formation Plans for all students.

Session i: Forming Intentional Disciples at Your School


Biloxi Session I


Additional Reading


jesus the story you thought you knewForming Intentional Disciples (Sherry Weddell)   Joy of the GospelEvangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel (Pope Francis) 10 biggest lies of the enemyLiving as Missionary Disciples: Resource for Evangelization  CNA article catholic schoolsCNA News Article on impact of Catholic Schools on Evangelization of Families



The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.

Pope St. John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae,  5

It is the Holy Spirit who, today just as at the beginning of the Church, acts in every evangelizer who allows himself to be possessed and led by Him. The Holy Spirit places on his lips the words which he could not find by himself, and at the same time the Holy Spirit predisposes the soul of the hearer to be open and receptive to the Good News and to the kingdom being proclaimed.

Techniques of evangelization are good, but even the most advanced ones could not replace the gentle action of the Spirit. The most perfect preparation of the evangelizer has no effect without the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit the most convincing dialectic has no power over the heart of man. 

Pope St. Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 75

Session iI: Faith Formation Plans: Roadmaps for Discipleship



Additional Reading

clear and simple conversations that lead to conversionClear & Simple:  Conversations That Lead to Conversion   Practice Makes CatholicPractice Makes Catholic: Moving From a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith national directory for catechesisNational Directory for Catechesis: New Edition (USCCB) 

Session iII: Families, schools, and parishes as partners on mission



Additional Reading

Theology of the Body

men and women are from edenMen & Women Are From Eden: TOB Study Guide (Mary Healy)   these beautiful bonesThese Beautiful Bones: Everyday Theology of the Body (Stimpson) men women and the mystery of loveMen, Women, and the Mystery of Love (Sri)

Fruitful Discipleship Partnerships

ablaze paradigms for parish renewalAblaze: 5 Essential Paradigm Shifts for Parish Renewal (Strohm) dare to leadDare To Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. radical candorRadical Candor: Get What you Want by Saying What you Mean redeeming conflictRedeeming Conflict: 12 Habits for Christian Leaders (Garrido)          
 doing the math of missionDoing the Math of Mission: Fruits, Faithfulness & Metrics (Rendle)

If you would like to continue the conversation about making disciples in your school, please don't hesitate to contact us

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