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


Author: Ann M Garrido
Publisher: Ave Maria
ISBN: 9781594714283
Format: Paperback
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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 include a small-group guide and prayer resources.


Ann Garrido is Associate Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St Louis. A lay Catholic woman, she holds a master of divinity and a doctorate of ministry in preaching. She also serves as senior editor for Human Development.

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