Helping The Catholic Church Shape a Culture of Joy and Trust

In Memoriam
Michael A. Patterson

It is with great sadness that the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership announces the passing of one of our Founding Directors, Michael A. Patterson after a prolonged and courageous fight with cancer.  Mike had an untiring generosity in service to the Catholic Church and to the Culture of Life.

Mike Patterson was the Senior Principal and President at Buchanan Fobes Leitch & Kalzer. He had significant civil trial and appellate experience, having tried more than 100 cases to verdict in both federal and state courts and having argued over two dozen cases in federal and state appellate courts.

Mr. Patterson concentrated his practice on high-stakes, high-profile litigation and has represented various Catholic Dioceses, charitable or social services, religious societies, and schools and institutions of higher education across the country, as well as a variety of other communities of faith and religious organizations. He also has represented numerous local government entities and many well known private clients. He successfully defended the Highline School District in the notorious Mary Kay Letourneau case and has exceptional experience defending high-profile sexual misconduct litigation and catastrophic personal injury cases.  With his experience trying big cases, he was frequently called upon to serve as the media spokesperson for clients involved in difficult situations. He has been interviewed by ABC, CBS, and NBC. Mr. Patterson was also a nationally recognized speaker on a wide variety of litigation and best practices issues.

In addition to defending clients, Mr. Patterson has served as consultative counsel and panel counsel throughout the country. He also has served as an expert witness in numerous matters involving fiduciary duty and insurance issues.

A Rosary for Mike will be said on Friday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m., at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 27, at 10:30 a.m., also at St. James Cathedral.  All of our thoughts and prayers are with his family.  He will be sorely missed.  May He Rest in Peace!!

The Spitzer Center

We help shape healthy cultures, provide strategic planning, and support clergy. It begins with happiness and the Four Levels of Happiness™ model / engagement designed to help every single person on their journey in life. Simultaneously this begins to shape an entire culture in a positive new way — to deeper trust, to become more effective and to communicate better, ultimately making your home, work, parish, or diocese a better place. Additionally, we work in optimizing happiness for business success.

 Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.

— Aristotle 

On our journey together, we...

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Educate

Be transformed by the renewal of your mind. —Romans 12:2

At the foundation of Spitzer Center’s entire curriculum is education based upon happiness. As Aristotle noted 2,400 years ago, it’s the one thing we can choose for its own sake— everything else is chosen for the sake of happiness. The Four Levels of Happiness reflect profound classical and Christian insights into the human desire for happiness. We then build upon this.

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Evaluate

Know thyself. —Socrates Thanks to proven and valuable diagnostic surveys we pinpoint specific strengths and weaknesses within your diocese or organization the actual behaviors which are aiding, or hindering, trust, unity, and effectiveness. And more importantly, we determine education best suited to overcome self-limiting behaviors and enable one another to serve together with effectiveness. 

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Execute

Give success to the work of our hands. —Psalm 90:17 A properly cultivated organizational culture enhances teamwork, purpose, and trust, and thus along side a good strategic plan, the mission of your organization can be fulfilled. Our goal is to empower you to reach this ideal/ultimate good. Along with culture, strategic, and leadership planning, we help you plan change and execute, whether it’s due to new leadership or simply time to set a plan. 

Journey To Excellence Academy
Commencing September 26, 2018
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Four Levels of Happiness Facilitator Training
November 7-8, 2018
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Diocese of Winona Presbyteral Days
September 18, 2018

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Archdiocese of Miami September Priest Convocation
September 18, 2018

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Diocese of Fargo Presbyterate Days
October 1 & 2, 2018

 

Man cannot live without joy.

 Aquinas

Thoughts from Catholic leaders...

We all want to live happily; in the whole human race there is no one who does not assent to this proposition, even before it is fully articulated. — Augustine

Father Robert Spitzer

Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D is a theologian, philosopher, author, speaker, former president of Gonzaga University for 11 years, and founder of the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership. The Spitzer Center helps 1000s of individuals and organizations flourish as hearts and minds open to a new wisdom on happiness, effectiveness, and zeal for God’s work of helping others.

Father Robert Spitzer

Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D is a theologian, philosopher, author, speaker, former president of Gonzaga University for 11 years, and founder of the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership. The Spitzer Center helps 1000s of individuals and organizations flourish as hearts and minds open to a new wisdom on happiness, effectiveness, and zeal for God’s work of helping others.

Read, Listen, and Learn

How Can I Have A Higher Level of Happiness At Work?

How can I have a higher level of happiness at work? Reprinted with permission Faith Magazine, August 2018 by Jim Berlucchi Executive Director of the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership   What’s more important than happiness?  Believe it or not – nothing! The...

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How can I Keep God in my Workday

How can I keep God in my workday? Reprinted with permission Faith Magazine, July 2018 by Jim Berlucchi Executive Director of the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership    I really want to be more mindful of God throughout my workday, but it’s a challenge.  Any...

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Plato’s Surefire Criteria for Determining True Happiness

Plato's Surefire Criteria for Determining Happiness Exerpted from the Journey to Excellence curriculum  Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. There are three criteria that Plato used to judge the quality of happiness 2,400 years ago....

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Happiness Manifests Itself in Four Different Ways

Happiness manifests itself in four different ways. by Tim Ryan Spitzer Center Director of Client Services Based on Father Robert Spitzer's book, Finding True Happiness Step back for a moment and ask yourself, “What makes me happy?” You’ll probably respond to this in...

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Business Virtue Begets Leadership Charisma

Business Virtue Begets Leadership Charisma By Patti Maguire Armstrong Reprinted with Permission from Legatus Magazine, June 2018 Issue   GOLDEN RULE WINS Legatus founder Tom Monaghan has often expressed that it is ultimately The Golden Rule and his Catholic values...

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Lets Shake On It

Hope in the Lord — ‘Let’s Shake On It!’ — The Priest Assembly’s quest for happiness By Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Archdiocese of Louisville Reprinted with Permission from "The Record", Archdiocese of Louisville Usually on reaching some agreement at the end of a...

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Procrastination

My habit of procrastination is really hurting my job performance. How can I break out of it?   By Jim Berlucchi.  Jim is the Executive Director of the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership Reprinted with permission of FAITH Magazine     Let me think about it and get...

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The Peace That Passes All Understanding

Adapted from Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life, By Fr. Robert Spitzer Our recent celebration of Pentecost reminds me of the essential role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Among the powerful blessings which the Holy Spirit imparts is peace. The Holy Spirit is the...

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Finding True Happiness

One of the hottest topics in contemporary culture is happiness—so much so that the United Nations declared an International Happiness Day in response to the immense popularity of Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy”. Yet, despite the fact that we have tremendous access to every imaginable form of entertainment, we experience a pervading sense of insecurity, emptiness, and malaise amid sporadic peak experiences.

Finding True Happiness attempts to provide a way out of this personal and cultural vacuum by helping people to identify and then reach for happiness. As Aristotle noted 2,400 years ago, happiness is the one thing we can choose for its own sake—everything else is chosen for the sake of happiness.

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