Manuela Suassuna from our Marist International Network of Institutions of Higher Education has sent us the following article on Spiritual Leadership. It results from an address delivered by the Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr Adolfo Nicolás on 12th October, 2013 to the Board Chairs and Presidents of the 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States. Fr Adolfo worked with Br Des Crowe when they were at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in the Philippines some years ago. The talk, which is published in the America magazine is titled Spiritual Leadership.
The Canadian Edmonton Journal carried this article on the 'incredible charisma' of Vaclav Haval.
On the 46th World Communications Day on 24th January, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI gave an excellent reflection on the topic Silence and Word: Path of Evangelisation.
Br Michael Green delves into the nature of spirituality and charisms. You can read his article here.
Leadership and Charism by Br Sean Sammon
Considerable academic research has been undertaken about the transmission of charism. Often charism is experienced significantly in schools administered by the members of Religious Congregations. In this article, John Lydon analyses the nature of charism, focusing on leadership and then reflecting on the life of St John Bosco and the nature of the Salesian charism. His article can be read here.
Mark Farrelly was one of the first to write about the role charism can play in education. As an Australian Marist Brother (now deceased) he wrote in particular about how the thinking of Marcellin Champagnat could influence classroom practice in our contemporary world. You can read his 1997 article titled 'A Simple Gift' here.
Leoni Degenhardt offers a timely case study of a charism based school in her doctoral thesis titled Reinventing a School for the 21st Century: A Case Study of Change in a Mary Ward School.
Referring to pedagogy and principles rather than charisms, Cowan, Ebertz and Shields consider the Vocation of Teaching from a Presbyterian perspective.
In this 1994 article, Br Michael Green analyses charism from a cultural perspective.