2017 Men’s Conference – Christian Culture in the Workplace

About the workshop

This workshop will provide a faith-based approach to applying your professional career and decision making as a force for good at work. The case method format will enable an energetic exchange of ideas and will provide multiple insights for decision making in line with Catholic Social Doctrine.

 Planned Topics:

  • Intro to Catholic Social Doctrine
  • Fr. Michael Barrett on Distinguishing Compromise from Cooperation in Evil
  • Joseph Patrnchak on Servant Leadership
  • Mark O’Donnell on Cooperation in the Good
  • Provocative case studies:
    • He earned the promotion, but should he take it?
    • Your employee is a star, but does he fit your culture?
    • And more…


  • Joseph Patrnchak. Head of Green Summit Partners, a consulting practice dedicated to helping organizations bring out the best in their people. Prior to establishing Green Summit, Joe served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Cleveland Clinic. Before joining Cleveland Clinic in 2007, Joe served as Chief HR Officer and Senior Vice President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and previously was Vice President of Human Resources for HP/Compaq/Digital.
  • Mark O’Donnell. Mark is a real estate broker in Boston with a MBA from MIT Sloan School and extensive background in corporate finance. Mark will be speaking to us about “Cooperation in the Good: Converting Professional Work into Prayer.”
  • Fr. Michael Barrett. Pastor of St. Agnes parish in New York. Former account executive on Wall St. at Merrill Lynch headquarters and former executive at the Heights Foundation. He received a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in 1987 after writing a doctoral dissertation entitled: “The Morality of Profit in Light of Catholic Social Doctrine.” Fr. Barrett will speak to us about whether it’s ever licit to cooperate in evil.

The workshop will consist of case discussions and talks on matters pertinent to applying principles of Christian social doctrine to situations we face in everyday work. There will be daily Mass, time for prayer and great opportunities to network with other attendees.

Agenda will be sent out to participants a few weeks prior to the conference.


Arnold Hall Conference Center 2 Randall St Pembroke, MA

Date & Times

The workshop starts on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6 pm with cocktails and a light dinner and concludes on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 pm


The cost of the workshop is $395 (includes room and board). 

If you can’t afford the full amount, you can pay what you can, when you can.

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