Webinar: Holy Entrepreneurship: The Entrepreneurial Skills of the Missionary
On April 16, 2020 we held a Webinar of the Speaker Series “Stewards of Providence: Making the Resources of the Church Fruitful.”
Barbra Wall Mann, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing at University of Virginia and Sr. Anne Falola, General Councillor of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles, spoke about Holy Entrepreneurship: The Entrepreneurial Skills of the Missionary.
ABSTRACT: The Church is “missionary by nature. (...) Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity; she exists in order to evangelize” (Evangelii Nuntiandi.) “Mere administration can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be permanently in a state of mission” (Evangelii Gaudium.) The Church is called to break away from the comfortable mentality and embrace the missionary spirituality of going to the ends of the earth like the early missionaries despite the challenges and problems of Mission. Given that this is not a human enterprise but Christ's enterprise, the Church's goal is to answer this call and be ready for it. What leadership and entrepreneurial skills may be beneficial in fulfilling this Mission? To what extent an “entrepreneurial mindset” is helpful for evangelization?
Barbra Wall Mann, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing at University of Virginia has focused her academic career on the history of Catholic sisters’ health care organizations especially in mission territories. Her award-winning book, Unlikely Entrepreneurs: Catholic Sisters and the Hospital Marketplace, 1865-1925 (Ohio State University Press, 2005,) integrates history and nursing practice to inform how America’s two-tiered, public-private approach to health delivery serves a diverse American populace. Dr. Wall's newest book, Into Africa: A Transnational History of Catholic Missions and Social Change (Rutgers University Press, 2015) explores the intersection of religion, medicine, gender, race, and politics in sub-Saharan Africa after World War II. Dr. Wall received her BS from the University of Texas at Austin, her MS in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, and earned a PhD in history from the University of Notre Dame.
Sr. Anne Falola is a missionary sister of Our Lady of Apostles (OLA.) She holds a B.Ed. in Guidance/Counselling and Masters in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College, University of London. Her areas of missionary engagement include: teaching, pastoral and social work, inter/religious dialogue, and missionary animation. She has worked in Nigeria, her country, Argentina and briefly in the United Kingdom. She is currently a General Councillor in her Congregation and resides in Rome.
Thank you for joining us!
You may watch the recording of the webinar here:
Dr. Barbra Wall Mann's presentation: pdf.
Sr. Anne Falola's presentation: pdf.
Reading resources kindly shared by Dr. Wall Mann:
Healthcare Ministry: Refounding the Mission in Tumultuous Times, by Gerald A. Arbuckle
Our Vision for the Next Decade, by Catholic Health Ministry
Download the flyer of the Webinar Series here. For more information please contact pcm [at] pusc.it.
This webinar is part of the Speaker Series “Stewards of Providence: Making the Resources of the Church Fruitful.” If you wish to participate to the following webinar on May 14, 2020, on Managing International Operations in Religious Congregations, please register here.