Mark Randall, CFRE
Executive Director for the Pontifical North American College, the American Seminary in Rome
“Producing Exceptional Priests” –
Like Grapes, Start with the Best Possible Environment
Both wine grapes and priests are greatly impacted by the environment in which they mature. Soil, sun, rain, wind and temperature greatly influence the fruit of the vine.
Similarly, men studying to become priests are shaped by their own range of environmental factors. And there is perhaps no more unique vineyard for developing great new priests than one of the most unique Church institutions, the Pontifical North American College. Commonly known as the American Seminary in Rome, it is a revered institution where American bishops send many seminarians to complete their studies.
Less than a half mile from the Vatican City State, the North American College provides a remarkable and inspiring education to the seminarians from all over the U.S., preparing them for careers of faithful service to the Church in the U.S.
Mark Randall CFRE, Executive Director for the Pontifical North American College, will be the The Catholics@Work speaker on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.
Randall is an innovative entrepreneur who left the business world to help fund several unique Catholic institutions. Before taking on the seminary challenge Randall was a highly successful technology entrepreneur, a Belgium trained chocolatier, and founder of a gourmet food business. He brought his keen entrepreneurial vision to the day-to-day mission-fulfillment of Catholic organizations.
As he helps fund the most unique learning environment for American seminarians Randall will share with us some surprising insights into the “growing” of priests that will engage and surprise us all.
John Dunican, president of Catholics@Work says, “I always thought a seminary was a seminary, was a seminary—boy was I wrong! After listening to Mark my perspective has changed. As Albert Einstein said, ‘The only true source of knowledge is experience,’ and the experience that seminarians get at NAC is like no other.”
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