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December 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the Micah family!

In his monthly letter to the WBC community, John Fontana informs that the rebranding process is nearly complete. Effective 2018 the WBC will become the IBS, Ignatian Business Series. As mentioned during the last few months, the new name does not affect the distribution of readings nor the partnership with Renew International. Hopefully this association will be a source of additional material for reflection/discussion, and spur community growth.

For December, John selected an article written by Bill Byron, SJ. Byron is a prolific writer, a former President of St. Joseph's University, and a chaplain for a WBC group.

Father Byron addresses the purpose of Catholic business education. He raises a relevant issue: how do Catholic business schools differentiate themselves from secular schools. He recommends that Catholic universities develop an ethics and value based curriculum to prepare students for challenges that will be encountered during their careers.

In this piece he also points out the need for Catholic educators to teach students about humility. This thought is consistent with Ignatian spirituality and contrasts sharply with the apparent philosophy of the Harvard Business School, an institution at which Byron completed a program for academic executives.

I find the material fascinating. My attraction is partly related to a lifelong exposure to Ignatian spirituality, but also connected to my participation In the Praxis faculty development program at SHU (The Praxis Program of the Advanced Seminar on Mission), with Msgr. Dick Liddy's guidance. During the last year, the participants in this group have discussed varying viewpoints about the role of Catholic education. Let me know if you want to learn more about Praxis.

Again, Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Wally Kennedy

2016-17 Woodstock Business Conference Reading Materials (Seton Hall Chapter)

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