Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was educated at the University of Michigan, where he studied European History as a Rackham Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. in European History at the University of Notre Dame, writing his dissertation on the historical vision of Christopher Dawson. In 2009, Dr. Reyes became the President/CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver.
In 2005, Dr. Reyes helped founded the Augustine Institute of Denver, a graduate program devoted to Catholic theological studies and leadership training, and served as its first President. Dr. Reyes also served as Vice President for ministry and formation for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and also taught in the History Department at Christendom College, in Front Royal, Virginia where he served two years served as Vice President for Academic Affairs.
This talk will consider the nature of Catholic leadership, as rooted in discipleship, requiring character formation, and ordered to the good. It will also discuss practical ways of helping our children see the importance of the leadership roles they must take on in our present historical and cultural moment.
The Cost of Discipleship: Taking Up Our Cross
What does it really mean to follow Christ? What is He asking of me? Will I be happy? Our lives are part of a great epic story, and each of us has a role to play. In saying yes to follow Christ, we also are saying yes to helping others see that they have a great call. To follow Christ is not easy, but there is nothing greater, and nothing else that can bring us true joy.