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Redeeming Conflict

12 Habits for Christian Leaders

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Maria Montessori wrote that following the child would illumine for us a new path to peace.  As catechists we long to walk that path of child even as we continue to struggle with all of the ordinary tensions and disagreements that crop up in collaborative ministry.

Rather than viewing these daily challenges as distractions from our ministry with children, CGS catechist and professional conflict mediator Ann M. Garrido identifies conflict as a potentially fruitful exchange that arises from living and working together in the diverse world God created. It is part of the work we do with God to help bring about the Peaceable Kingdom described in Isaiah 11. Garrido offers twelve practical habits for responding to conflict, pairs each habit with a spiritual companion from history, and offers questions and prayers for growth.

Garrido will help catechists, DRE’s, and pastors discover how to speak directly with colleagues about tensions and about how to know themselves well enough to keep from becoming defensive when others see things differently.


She uses saintly examples to illustrate her points, calling upon stories of St. Francis and a Muslim sultan, Leo the Great, Archbishop Óscar Romero, and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. Garrido also offers sample exercises and tools to work through conflict within an organization and provides self-assessment questions and a prayer at the end of each chapter to help apply it to your personal and ministerial life. A small group discussion guide and a parish resource guide, which features homily and bulletin aids are available as a free downloads for the book.

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Redeeming Administration

Winner of a 2014 Catholic Press Award: Professional Book (Third Place).

When participating in catechist formation, we imagine days spent peacefully with children in the beauty of an atrium environment.  Even CGS ministry, however, involves a good deal of administration:  coordinating with parents and other parish staff, setting calendars, establishing budgets, fundraising and grant writing, etc…. Garrido admits that she sometimes finds the administrative dimension of her work draining, even boring, as it fractures her days into “tiny shards of time” that make it impossible to focus on the reasons she entered ministry in the first place. 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 ministry leaders—presenting a saint who embodies each habit—and showing readers how to experience the administrative dimension of their work as a spiritual journey.

A brief prayer and questions for personal reflection, group conversation, or spiritual direction complete each chapter. Free downloads to accompany Redeeming Administration include a small-group guide and prayer resources.

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