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Dolores R. Leckey

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Dolores R. Leckey is a Senior Research Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center. She is the former Executive Director of the Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where she served for twenty years.  Prior to that she was a producer for WNVT, Channel 53 in Northern Virginia, and a faculty member of the DeSales School of Theology.

Her B.A. is from St. John’s University in New York and her M.A. from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  She has been awarded 12 honorary doctorates, three of them the doctor of divinity (Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley; St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore; and Lafayette College, Easton, PA).  In 1988 the Washington Theological Union awarded her its Distinguished Service Award for her work in the area of lay spirituality.  In November 1997, she was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Bishop Anthony Pilla, then president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  In January 2000 St. John’s University in NYC presented her with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal. In 2003 she received a "Person of Vision" award from the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women. The Catholic Common Ground Initiative bestowed its 2004 Cardinal Bernardin award on her for her efforts at "bridge building".

Dolores has been an official advisor to the American Catholic bishops at two Roman Synods: in 1980 at the Synod on the family, and in 1987 at the Synod on the laity.  She has lectured widely throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Australia.

In 1994 she was in residence at Tantur: The Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies, near Jerusalem. While there she presented a lecture on "The Spirituality of the Laity Since the Second Vatican Council" to the Armenian Orthodox community, which included the Patriarch Tarkom Manongrian. She was also a presenter at the first Christian-Jewish Conference in Jerusalem on the subject of "Religious Leadership in a Secular Age."

During the winter of 1998 she was a "scholar-in-residence" at the College of Preachers in Washington, D.C. Dolores was a participant in the official bilateral dialogues between the Roman Catholic Church and the Reformed Church of America. The results of these dialogues have been published under the title Laity in the Church and in the World: Resources for Ecumenical Dialogue (U.S. Catholic Conference, 1998).

Formerly a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, the University of Dayton in Ohio, and the Northern Virginia Community College, she is a member of the Ecumenical Institute of Spirituality, a member of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life, and the Advisory Committee for the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network. She is a member of the Committee of 100 in Arlington, Virginia (since 1975) and with her late husband is a founding member of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.

Her books include: The Ordinary Way: A Family Spirituality (Crossroad/Continuum, 1982); Laity Stirring the Church (Fortress/Augsburg, 1987); Practical Spirituality (Sheed & Ward, 1987); Women and Creativity (Paulist Press), which was the 1991 Madeleva Lecture; Winter Music: A Life of Jessica Powers, Poet, Nun, Woman of the Twentieth Century (Sheed & Ward, 1992);  Seven Essentials for the Spiritual Journey (Crossroad); Blessings All Around Us (Resurrection Press, 1999), Facing Fear with Faith with Arthur Jones (Ave Maria Press, 2002); Spiritual Exercises for Church Leaders with Paula Minaert (Paulist Press 2003). Dolores is General Editor of Just War, Lasting Peace (Orbis, 2006). Her 2006 book The Laity and Christian Education is part of the Paulist Press series on  Rediscovering Vatican II. In 2008, St. Anthony Messenger Press published her book Grieving with Grace: A Woman's Perspective, as part of their series on women’s spirituality for the 21st century.

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Selected Activities as a Woodstock Fellow

During March to May of 2007, Dolores Leckey gave a talk on “Poetry and Prayer in the Life of Jessica Powers” at St. Anthony’s Church in Falls Church, Virginia, in March. Also in March, she spoke at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore on the topic of her new book, “For the Life of the Church: A Call to Lay Leadership.” In April, Leckey gave a workshop on The Laity and Christian Education for the National Catholic Education Association. She is currently working intensely on a small book in a series on women’s spirituality in a global context.

During December of 2006 to February of 2007, Dolores Leckey rejoiced in the publication of her book, The Laity and Christian Education, part of the Paulist Press series “Rediscovering Vatican II” (see excerpt). In January, she lectured on the topic “What makes a war just? What makes peace possible?” at a student convocation at Bridgewater College, a Church of the Brethren school in Bridgewater, Virginia. She appeared as a guest panelist on Interfaith Voices, a public radio show examining current issues from diverse perspectives, on the topic of just war theory and the current escalation in Iraq. In February, she served as the moderator of an all-day symposium, sponsored by the Arlington Diocese Peace and Justice Commission, also on the questions of just war and peacebuilding. She is currently working on a book in a series about the spirituality of modern women.

During July to November of 2006, Dolores Leckey attended the Chautauqua Institution for a week in July. The theme for that particular week was "Landscape Architecture and Community Development." In addition to personally benefiting from the mixture of politics, religion, culture and beauty which characterizes Chautauqua, Leckey gained some insight for Woodstock's new project Theology in the City: namely, that authentic renewal must incorporate tradition and history. She also spent a week at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, listening to and learning about Mozart in this, the 250th anniversary of his birth. A useful methodology for developing lectures and presentations emerged from this aesthetic experience. Specifically: organize the lecture or presentation in the form of a sonata with three parts. First, state the major theme. Second, arrange variations on the theme. And third, come back home to the major theme. Leckey is considering this form of "sonata-lecture" for a presentation in January. Her book on the laity and Christian education is scheduled for release in November by Paulist Press and she contributed a chapter to a new book on discovering God in natural disasters. Finally, she has been promoting the book she edited, Just War, Lasting Peace: What Christian Traditions Can Teach Us, through a Woodstock Forum, a lecture at the Arlington Public Library, and a series of discussions at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Arlington, Virginia.

During April to June of 2006, Dolores Leckey wrote several articles, one for Catholic News Service on "The Fathers of the Church Speak Today." She also wrote an article for America titled "What I'm Learning From Benedict XVI - So Far." The book Just War, Lasting Peace: What Christian Traditions Can Teach Us is now officially published. The Jesuit provincials received a copy in May, and Dolores, with the help of Beth Kostelac and Bill Bole of Woodstock and John Kleiderer of the Jesuit Conference is busy promoting the book. Planning is underway now for an October 4 forum based on the book. The forum, "Just War, Lasting Peace: What Does This Mean?" will feature several of the book's contributors and participants in the original one-day symposium that was the basis for the book. Dolores is scheduled to be the moderator. In May, Dolores participated in a "pilgrimage" sponsored by the Washington Theological Union to Turkey and Greece: "In the Footsteps of Paul and John." Earlier in the month, with Fr. Ray Kemp, she co-led a session of Theology in the City, a new Woodstock project. And in June she was a speaker at Holy Trinity's adult education series. Her topic was her book on laity and Christian education which will be published by Paulist Press at the end of the year. She has been asked to contribute a chapter to a new book now being developed by Paulist Press on the discovery of God in natural disasters.

During July 2005 to March of 2006, Dolores R. Leckey recently completed a book, The Decree on the Laity and the Declaration on Christian Education, which is part of a series being published by Paulist press entitled Rediscovering Vatican II. During the fall she gave several presentations based on the book: for the "Voice of The Faithful" at Holy Trinity parish in Georgetown; at a conference sponsored by Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana; and at St. Charles Parish in Brunswick, Maine. That particular talk emphasized the changing role of women. Dolores worked on several retreats in the fall of 2005, including the Woodstock Business Conference retreat, which she co-led with Woodstock director Father Gap Lo Biondo, and a retreat for clergy at the Archdiocese of New York held at the Atonement Friars Spirituality Center in Graymoor. Dolores also attended the annual meeting of the "Church in America: Leadership Roundtable" held at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed the editorial work on a new book, Just War, Lasting Peace, during the fall semester. Just War, Lasting Peace is a joint project of Woodstock and the Jesuit Conference and is being published by Orbis Books. It will be in bookstores in April, though it can be ordered now (a description can be found in an article of this Report). In 2006, Dolores continues to give lectures on her "laity book." In February, she spoke at St. Joseph's parish in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and she gave a shorter version of the same speech to the Woodstock Board later that month. In March she made a similar presentation to one of the deaneries of the Archdiocese of Washington at Annunciation Church. In March, Dolores was a featured speaker at a major conference in St. Louis sponsored by the Adorers of the Sacred Blood. Her topic was "Women at the Threshold - Of Church and Society." With Fr. Kemp, Dolores is now involved in a new Woodstock project, "Theology in the City," both in terms of organization and content. This being Mozart's anniversary year, Dolores wishes there was more time to practice sonatas.

During April to June of 2005, Dolores R. Leckey attended a Board Meeting of the Center for the Study of Religious Life in Chicago in mid- April. She is the lay member of that Board. Also in mid- April, she delivered the keynote address for the Joliet Diocese's bi-annual assembly. Her subject was "The Laity as Seen through the Lens of the Second Vatican Council." She also hosted a luncheon meeting at Woodstock (under the aegis of the Washington Theological Consortium) for faculty from various theological institutions who have responsibility for developing leadership programs. The purpose of the meeting was to explore avenues of possible collaboration. The group plans to meet again in the fall. At the end of April, Dolores co-led a retreat/workshop with Sr. Catherine Patten, RSCM, coordinator of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative. The event took place in White Plains, New York. Dolores' topic was "Lay Leadership from the Council to the Present." She also led a reflection session that day on the essentials of spiritual formation. During May and early June she worked on the final editing of the book about Catholic Traditions of Peace and War, a joint project of Woodstock and the Jesuit Conference. The new (and hopefully final) title is Just War, Lasting Peace: What Christian Traditions Can Teach Us. It will be published by Orbis Books next spring. Finally, Dolores attended the June meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America in St. Louis.

During January to March of 2005, Dolores R. Leckey attended a Catholic Writers' retreat/workshop in Arizona at the end of January. In early February she was the featured speaker at the Carmelite Forum of New Jersey whose theme this year is "Catholic Voices in our Democracy." Dolores' focus was on authentic leadership and intellectual conversion. At the end of February she was the keynote speaker at a conference for women in Indiana. One speech was "Signs of Grace in Troubled Times" and the other was based on her Seven Essentials for the Spiritual Journey. In early March she was an invited participant in the Ninth Cardinal Bernardin Conference on "Religion, Law and Politics" sponsored by the Catholic Common Ground Initiative. Later in that month she attended a conference at Fordham's Center on Religion and Culture on "The Ethics of Exit" (a reference to the situation in Iraq). She has continued organizational work on the book about Catholic Traditions of Peace and War now tentatively titled God's Way: Waging War or Building Peace? The book is about 90 percent finished and is a joint project of Woodstock and the Jesuit Conference. Between now and June she will be concentrating on completing a book on the Decree on the Laity in the Paulist Press series Rediscovering Vatican II.

During July to December of 2004, Dolores Leckey was a keynote speaker at the clergy congress of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, in early October. All of the priests of the diocese were present, along with several bishops and the parish directors (mostly women religious) who manage the day to day pastoral life of parishes which do not have resident pastors. Dolores' topic was "Spiritual Foundations of Church Leadership." She has been engaged in the organizing and editing of a book based on last year's symposium: "Catholic Traditions of Peace and War." This is a joint venture of the Woodstock Center and the U.S. Jesuit Conference, and we hope to have a completed manuscript by January. Dolores (along with Fr. Ted Arroyo, S.J.) planned the October forum, "Who Pays? Taxation and the Common Good." In late October she spoke to the 4th year students at Theological College (CUA) on "The  Changing Role of Women in the Church." She also did a presentation to the RCIA at Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Arlington, Virginia, on "The Spirituality of the Nicene Creed," and she wrote an article for the Catholic News Service, "What is Holiness, Anyway?" In mid-November she was a speaker at a colloquium on "Renewing the Church" held at the College of the Holy Cross. Her topic was "The Laity: In the World, In the Church and In Ministry." In early December, she addressed the Washington area Jesuit alumni club, Alpha Sigma Nu, on the topic of Church Leadership, and held a book signing there for Spiritual Exercises for Church Leaders. Finally, Dolores and Gasper LoBiondo, S.J., led a retreat for the staff of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in December.

During April to June of 2004, Dolores Leckey was a Mandeleva Scholar in residence at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, for the month of April. While there she was engaged in research for a book in the Paulist Press series, "Rediscovering Vatican II." She also participated in two college events: an Interfaith Women's Conference on Human Rights and the New Voices Seminar, an intergenerational-intercultural group of 20 women to discuss the theme, "Women Shaping Theology." She delivered the commencement address at Washington Theological Union on May 7, "The ABCs of Leadership: Some Spiritual-Theological Perspectives." In early June she participated in a Trinity College, Washington, DC, panel discussion on "Crisis in the Church: Hope for the Future." On June 21st she and Gap Lo Biondo, S.J., led an afternoon of reflection for the national staff of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and on June 22 she led a reflection day for social justice parish ministers in the Arlington Diocese. Dolores received the Cardinal Bernardin Common Ground award on June 25, 2004, at the annual Common Ground lecture at The Catholic University of America.

During January to March of 2004, Dolores Leckey wrote two articles for Faith Alive!, a project of Catholic News Service. One article was about rituals and the other about "disappointments and challenges."  She also completed a chapter for a book to be published by Sheed & Ward  (Zeni Fox ed.), The Spirituality of Lay Leadership. Dolores' chapter is "The Spirituality of Administration." Work has begun on the educational resource based on the November forum, "Catholic Traditions on Peace and War." The forum was a joint project with the Jesuit Conference. A finished product is expected by autumn. Finally, Dolores has accepted an appointment as a lay member of the board of The Center for the Study of Religious Life, based  in Chicago. The Center conducts interdisciplinary and intercultural reflection on the life of Catholic religious sisters, brothers, and priests in the United States.

During July to December of 2003, Dolores R. Leckey gave two lectures on the topic of "Catholic Women at the Threshold": one at Fairfield University and one at the Thomas More Catholic Center at Yale University. She also delivered a lecture in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Brooklyn: "The Surprising Story of Ministry." The one-day forum on "Catholic Traditions of War and Peace" (a collaborative project with the Jesuit Conference), which she has been working on for nine months, took place on November 6th, and she will be coordinating the development of educational materials based on that event.

During April to June of 2003, Dolores R. Leckey gave a keynote address in early April at the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey to a conference of parish staff people from several dioceses. Her topic was "Life and Ministry in an Age of Anxiety." Also in early April she led a day of reflection at the Franciscan Spiritual Life Center in Alston, Pennsylvania. The theme for the day was about authentic leadership and conversion. In May she delivered a lecture at Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Arlington, Virginia, on "Feminism in the Catholic Tradition" and also spoke to the RCIA group in that parish about the role of Mary in the Catholic Church. She coordinated the May Woodstock Forum on "Restoring Trust in Church Leadership" and continues to work on Woodstock's collaborative project with the Jesuit Conference, a November 2003 one-day conference on Catholic teaching regarding war and peace.

During January to March of 2003, Dolores R. Leckey has been involved in planning several projects. First, she's been coordinating "brown-bag lunches" for Woodstock. These occur monthly and feature a speaker addressing a topic of current interest. Leon Hooper, S.J., was featured in January; Ladislas Orsy, S.J., in February, and Vincent Miller of Georgetown University's theology department in March. Second, she is coordinating the May Woodstock Forum on the topic of "Restoring Trust in Church Leadership." (See page 12.) Third, she is also involved, on behalf of the Woodstock Center, in planning a symposium with the Jesuit Conference on the topic of church teaching regarding the range of legitimate positions on "The Just War." In addition, Dolores gave a number of lectures/presentations. She prepared a keynote for the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy meeting on "The Examined Life and Authentic Leadership"; presented a keynote for a convocation at St. Elizabeth's Parish in Bergen County, New Jersey, on "Essentials for the Spiritual Journey." She also gave a workshop at the convocation on leadership through the lens of the Woodstock method. During Lent she delivered a series of lectures for New Light, a theological education organization. The lectures are based on her book in progress and the series is called "25 Years: Church Leaders Who Made a Difference." The Woodstock book on church leadership, Spiritual Exercises for Church Leaders, is scheduled for publication by Paulist Press in May of this year, and it is now being advertised by Paulist Press and by Woodstock (see page 11). Finally, Dolores was selected by the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women to receive a "Person of Vision Award" at a ceremony and dinner on March 19th.

During July to December of 2002, Dolores R. Leckey was a participant in a conference hosted jointly by Commonweal and the Institute for Faith and Reason, under the auspices of the Pew Foundation. The topic was "Catholicism in the Public Square" and was held at Georgetown University at the end of September. That same weekend she gave a lecture at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown on the topic "Feminism and the Catholic Tradition: An Oxymoron?" During the summer she taught a class at the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey using the materials in the soon to be published book Spiritual Exercises for Church Leaders. In November she gave an open lecture at the Carmelite Monastery in Boston on "Jessica Powers: Poet, Carmelite Nun, Woman of the 20th Century." She reviewed a new book to be published by Orbis Press entitled Evelyn Underhill: Essential Writings. (She recommends it!) She also wrote an article for Catholic News Service, "Sacramental Presence in Daily Life."

During April to June of 2002, Dolores R. Leckey addressed a gathering of 500 women (and a few men), sponsored by the Diocese of Worcester in Massachusetts, on the topic of "Blessings All Around Us," the title of one of her books. The presentation looked at the events surrounding September 11 and the current Church crisis and identified particular blessings within these tragedies. She also had several book signings for her new book (with Arthur Jones), Facing Fear with Faith (Thomas More Publishers). With Father William Byron, S.J., and Dr. Eugene Kennedy, Dolores appeared on the Diane Rehm Program (National Public Radio) for a discussion of issues surrounding clerical abuse of minors. She prepared an edited report of the Woodstock "afternoon of conversation" on "Peace and the Christian Imagination" which is now available for those interested.  Finally, she is making progress with While Shepherds Kept Watch, and is in conversation with a prospective publisher.

During January to March of 2002, Dolores R. Leckey has a new book, co-authored with journalist Arthur Jones of the National Catholic Reporter, titled Facing Fear With Faith, which is now in bookstores. It is a joint meditation on the events of September 11. This unexpected book put her major project While Shepherds Kept Watch on hold for a few months, but that book is now back on track. Dolores also wrote an article for Catholic News Service (CNS) on Lenten prayer and a tribute for Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany on the occasion of his 25th anniversary of episcopal ordination. As noted elsewhere in this Report she facilitated the Woodstock "afternoon of conversation" in February on Peace and the Christian Imagination and hopes to produce a small publication - perhaps "an occasional paper" - based on that conversation.

During July to December of 2001, Dolores R. Leckey provided an afternoon and evening of reflection for the annual Summer Institute for diocesan social justice directors and others involved in social ministry. The Institute is conducted by the National Pastoral Life Center. In August she delivered the keynote address at the Marriage and Family Life Symposium sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The symposium commemorated the 20th anniversary of Familiaris Consortio, Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation on the Family. In November she gave a presentation at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Life Congress: Seven Essentials for the Spiritual Journey, based on her recent book. The Church Leadership manuscript was finalized during the fall and has been delivered to Paulist Press. Spiritual Exercises for Church Leaders will be published in 2002. Dolores also has an article on the developing role of women in the Church, entitled Crossing the Bridge, which will appear in the winter issue of Church. Finally, writing continues on her book While Shepherds Kept Watch. Prayers for its completion would help.

During April to June of 2001, Dolores R. Leckey gave a keynote address to the Conference of Pastoral Planning and Council Development which was held in Philadelphia in April.  The presentation "Historical Perspectives on Catholic Leadership: 1975-2000)" is based on her current project, While Shepherds Kept Watch.  She is preparing the keynote for publication as an article.  In May she gave a lecture at St. Ann's parish in Arlington, Virginia, entitled "Sister Mary Madeleva, CSC: Poet, Scholar and Inspiration to Catholic Women."  In early June, at the 25th anniversary conference of the National Association for Lay Ministry, she gave a workshop utilizing the ideas of the Woodstock project, Spiritual Exercises for Church Leaders, and was also a panelist on the topic, "Honoring the Lessons of Our Experience to Discover Our Future."  Dolores prepared a book review for the National Catholic Reporter while a major portion of her time is devoted to the writing of While Shepherds Kept Watch.

During January to March of 2001, Dolores R. Leckey presented an overview of her new book While Shepherds Kept Watch: Stories, Memoirs and Meditations-American Catholic Leaders, 1975-2000, in a program sponsored by The Tabor Community of Fairfax Virginia in February.  The book will be completed next year.  In March she gave a lecture at St. Charles' parish in Arlington on "The Developing Role of Women in the Church."  Later in March Dolores gave a keynote address at a national consultation of women ecclesial leaders.  The consultation, held in Chicago, included 125 women executives in a variety of church leadership roles and bishops who serve on the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Women in Society and the Church.  The keynote was based on a chapter in While Shepherds Kept Watch about the historical development of women's leadership roles in society and in the church.  The draft leadership manual, Spiritual Exercises for Church Leaders, is currently being field-tested at the Lonergan Institute located at St. Anselm's Abbey in Washington, D.C.  This is the 11th field-test site, and is being led by Dolores together with Paula Minaert (editor of the manual) and Brother Dunstan, OSB, associate director of the Lonergan Institute.  Details of this particular seminar can be found on the Lonergan web site.  We expect the final editing of the manual (in preparation for publication) to occur in the summer of 2001.

During July to December of 2000, Dolores R. Leckey was a respondent to the second annual lecture of The Catholic Common Ground Initiative.  The lecture by Dr. R. Scott Appleby, "The Substance of Things Hoped For: Common Ground and the Source of Our Disputes," along with the two responses, is available from the National Pastoral Life Center.  In September she gave a presentation to the parish council members (and other parishioners) of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C., on the topic of the developing role of the laity in the Church.  She has been invited to give a noon-hour lecture at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in downtown Washington on the subject of "Everyday Spirituality" using themes from her two books published in 1999: Blessings All Around Us (Resurrection Press) and Seven Essentials for the Spiritual Journey (Crossroad Publishers).  The lecture is sponsored by the philosophy, psychology, and religion division of the D.C. Public Library.  The first draft of Spiritual Exercises for Church Leaders is being field-tested with seven different groups across the country.  Dolores is co-leading a group with Father Tuck Grinnell at St. Anthony's parish in Falls Church, Virginia.  Writing and research continue on parallel tracks for her new book, While Shepherds Kept Watch: Stories, Memoirs, and Meditations (Catholic Church Leaders 1975-2000).

During January to June of 2000, Dolores R. Leckey gave a lecture at St. Anthony's Church in Northern Virginia, in early April, on "Lay Ecclesial Ministry."  Later in April, she participated in "Convergence 2000," a gathering of fifteen Madeleva lecturers at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana.  The Madeleva lectures have been held annually since 1985 to honor the memory of Sr. Madeleva Wolff, CSC.  This is the first time all the lecturers met together; and together they produced The Madeleva Manifesto: A Message of Hope and Courage.  It is addressed to women, especially young women in ministry and theological studies, and pledges solidarity across generations on behalf of justice.  During May she completed a chapter, "From the Second Vatican Council to the Millennium: New Profiles in Catholic Leadership," for an ecumenical book on church leadership.  She began the writing of her book, While Shepherds Kept Watch (even as research continues).  St. Michael's College in Vermont awarded her an honorary doctorate at the May commencement.

During July to December of 1999, Dolores R. Leckey has continued research for a work in progress, While Shepherds Kept Watch. This has included in-depth interviews with bishops and other leaders as well as archival research. St. Bernard's Institute (Rochester- Albany) invited her to open their academic year with an address based on her book, Seven Essentials for the Spiritual Journey. She also gave the major presentation to the annual faculty convocation of the Washington Theological Consortium in late September. Her topic, "Spirituality: Does it Have a Place in the Seminary?," was followed by four prepared responses. At the end of October she gave the keynote address to the Albany Diocesan Parish Convention, a gathering of about 400 parish leaders. Her subject was "Authentic Church Leadership: Some Theological and Spiritual Reflections." Her newest book, Blessings All Around Us (Resurrection Press) was published in September. She will speak about that book and Seven Essentials at an adult education program at St. Ann's Parish in Arlington, Virginia.

During April to June of 1999, Dolores R. Leckey began the research for her new book, While Shepherds Kept Watch. The research included interviews in Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas City, and San Francisco. She gave the final lecture in a series on the laity sponsored by St. Ann's parish in Arlington: "The American Catholic Laity from the Council to the Millennium." Finally, she has been preparing for the seventh Church Leadership Retreat-Workshop to be held July 18-23, 1999, at St. Mary's Center for Continuing Formation in Baltimore.

During January to March of 1999, Dolores R. Leckey was awarded a grant from the Louisville Institute in Kentucky for the development of a new book tentatively titled While Shepherds Kept Watch. The book will be a retrospective on the church in the United States during the last quarter of the 20th century. She completed a book entitled Blessings All Around Us, a collection of essays (Resurrection Press) and another completed book, Seven Essentials for the Spiritual Journey (Crossroad Publishers) will be in book stores in April 1999. She taught a six-week course at Virginia Theological Seminary based on this book and gave the keynote address on "The Spiritual Journey" to two diocesan-wide conferences: the Diocese of Wilmington (January) and the Diocese of Galveston-Houston (March). An article on "The Silence of God the Father" and a book review of New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals in the Church by Zeni Fox will appear in CHURCH magazine. In addition, two articles were written for the Faith Alive series of Catholic News Service.

During April to December of 1998, Dolores R. Leckey completed the manuscript for her book, Seven Essentials for the Spiritual Journey, to be published in April 1999 by Crossroad Publishing Co. Four articles published recently are: "Resting in God: A Different Kind of Jubilee Celebration" for the fall issue of Church; "Psalms and the Common Person" and "The True Spirit of Christmas," both for the Catholic News Service; and an article on family spirituality for The National Catholic Reporter. Dolores made two keynote presentations: one at a convocation of priests of the St. Petersburg Diocese in Florida and the other entitled "ABCs of Leadership: A Theological-Spiritual Perspective" for the annual meeting of the Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (NCEA). She did a TV interview for the program, "Among Friends," to be aired on the Odyssey channel. She received the 1998 Recognition Award from the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers for "twenty years of work on behalf of family, women, and youth."