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Entrepreneurial Discipleship to Be Introduced at Lecture

Contact: Patrick Verel
(212) 636-7790

Can a new model of the Catholic Church harness collective innovation, community-based initiatives and creativity to respond to the calling of Christ?

Robert Brancatelli, Ph.D., visiting professor at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE), and David A. Gautschi, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration (GBA), think so.

They will present their ideas in a lecture, Entrepreneurial Discipleship, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29, at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 135 W. 31st Street in Manhattan.

The lecture, which is sponsored by (GRE), will introduce a five-week course to be offered next spring at St. Francis of Assisi and at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. The course aims to achieve three goals, including:

• establishing the need for a new model of pastoral leadership and ministry given the changing demographics of the church in the United States and the challenges of the global economic crisis;
• identifying an entrepreneurial spirit derived from business but congruent with evangelization and faith formation;
• offering new ways of being a church that will meet the needs of people in the 21st century.

For more information, visit or call (718) 817-4800.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in Westchester, the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

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