Building Cultures of Evangelization

We help leaders measure and build their organization’s culture to optimize trust, contribution, and high achievement all in the name of the Church’s mission of New Evangelization.

Even with a great mission, many Catholic organizations can still have cultures that get in the way of fulfilling that mission. The Spitzer Center’s core program, the JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE, provides the tools needed to build more dynamic and effective cultures.

The Spitzer Center has developed a process for presbyterates that builds priestly brotherhood, respect, and unity.

We address the significant challenges that tax the time, mental, and physical resources of our priests.

Our priests seek the support of their brother priests in dealing with these challenges.

Whether it’s a clergy convocation, deanery seminar, or individual diagnostics, we strive to deliver a substantive experience that is lively and enjoyable, personally beneficial, and pastorally relevant.

Our 3-Phase Process for Building Cultures of Evangelization

Some of the things priests are saying about our program

“The greatest value was allowing us to discuss important topics with one another. If only we had more opportunities like this.”
“Very interesting, took things that I already kind of knew, but put them into context /gave clear definitions.”
“I think it was very helpful to be able to work together to create concrete suggestions for improving our presbyterate.”
“The sharing among brother priests was of good quality.”
“This is the first time since my ordination that something like this was offered! Great job! Now it’s up to us.”
“Great Session!”

Dioceses we have worked with

The human heart desires joy. We all desire joy, every family, every people aspires to happiness.

– Pope Francis

The Four Levels of Happiness

The Four Levels of Happiness® education helps priests better understand the four drivers of all human behavior and habits, and ultimately their impact on the culture of the entire presbyterate.

The foundation of the entire Spitzer Center curriculum is also foundational to human nature – namely, our universal desire for happiness. This notion of The Four Levels of Happiness® was articulated by Fr. Robert Spitzer, through his study of the collective insights of more than 130 prominent theologians, philosophers, psychologists, and authors over two millennia.

Featuring Fr. Spitzer in short video bursts, the professional delivery is interspersed with entertaining movie clips, discussion, and windows for personal reflection.

The Spitzer Center offers the following services to assist in the ongoing culture improvement process:

Most Reverend James D. Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln

The Spitzer Center, and the Four Levels of Happiness workshop, helped our staff to work together, to understand our mission for the salvation of souls, and to serve the Church with a greater sense of purpose.

Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma City

The Journey to Excellence gives our staff a common experience, common language, common understanding and an ability to look at our motivations and ways of making decisions. There is quite a bit to build on.

Most Reverend James S. Wall, Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup

I find myself continually going back to Fr. Spitzer’s concepts, especially on the higher levels of happiness. They help me to check my own motivations and to direct others.

Organizational Culture Inventory

“I think it was a home run.  A game changer is we truly commit.” 
– Priest Participant

The culture of an organization has a significant influence on the organization’s ability to realize it’s mission, “Culture eats strategy for lunch”.

These surveys/inventories give you a flavor for how the culture of the organization is measured, and thus define how you would like it to be. Every organization has its own culture – a set of shared beliefs and values that lead to expectations regarding “how things are done around here.” These expectations optimize the way in which members approach their work and relate to one another and, therefore, have important implications for individual and organizational effectiveness.

It is all a well structured process, and then reinforced with a 12-18 month follow-up.

Read our Organizational Culture Inventory Overview:

What priests are looking for in an ideal presbyteral culture:

Most Reverend Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of the Diocese of Denver

The Spitzer Center has been a tremendous blessing for our curia culture, and for my own leadership style as well.

Most Reverend George J. Lucas, Archbishop of the Diocese of Omaha

The Spitzer Center provided objective assessments and fundamental formation for curial staff that proved useful. By knowing ourselves better and having clearer standards communicated through common language, we are better able to participate in the mission of Christ and His Church.

Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix

The Journey to Excellence program speaks to everyone, no matter where they are in their life journey. The solid philosophical principles rooted in our Catholic tradition foster personal insight for us individually and improve our ability to collaborate together for common goals.

Culture Change Management & Followup

To assist in the ongoing effort to enrich your presbyteral culture, we host quarterly conference calls to share best practices, answer questions, and assess goal keeping. Then, in 12-18 months we offer an option to re-measure the state of the culture to assess progress.

We also offer three additional tools to complement your culture action plans:

  • Confidence & Providence Series
  • Leadership Impact
  • Character Foundations Assessment

These tools are not only helpful for priests, but can be valuable for chancery staffs and church leadership in general.

Confidence & Providence Series

This 1.5 day facilitated series equips  Church workers to increase their self confidence and faith in Divine Providence.

Fr. Spitzer presents insights and practical techniques to expand comfort zones and overcome self limiting beliefs.

Leadership and Management Impact

This 360 assessment is ideal for leaders with executive and management responsibilities throughout the diocese (e.g. Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia, school president, etc.)

Character Foundations Assessment

The CFA measures five areas of character strength and 22 particular virtues.  It provides insight for self knowledge and a blueprint for personal growth.

Journey to Ultimate Happiness

This is the sequel program to the Four Levels of Happiness, exclusively focusing on Happiness Level Four – union with God.

Most Reverend James D. Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln

The Spitzer Center, and the Four Levels of Happiness workshop, helped our staff to work together, to understand our mission for the salvation of souls, and to serve the Church with a greater sense of purpose.

Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma City

The Journey to Excellence gives our staff a common experience, common language, common understanding and an ability to look at our motivations and ways of making decisions. There is quite a bit to build on.

Most Reverend James S. Wall, Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup

I find myself continually going back to Fr. Spitzer’s concepts, especially on the higher levels of happiness. They help me to check my own motivations and to direct others.

Contact the Spitzer Center

Schedule a 20 minute overview of the Four Levels of Happiness, or a short presbyteral culture overview.

Phone
(734) 677-7770
Address
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive,
P.O. Box 411
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106
Email Us
info@spitzercenter.org