Shortly after Sr. Thea Kraus successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in our program, she boarded a plane to Manila to teach a course for Duquesne's School of Leadership. Her 24 students are all women religious (Catholic sisters) who are enrolled in an MS in Leadership degree program with a concentration in Leadership in Mission, offered by the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. The title of Sr. Thea's course was Foundations of Leadership - Spiritual and Professional. The students work in or come from 9 different countries in Africa and Asia (India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Taiwan, Myanmar, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and the Philippines) and they represent 18 different congregations of women religious. This is the second cohort of students who have attended this program, which is partially funded by European foundations that have recognized the need for preparing leaders of congregations of women religious from Asia and Africa. Students will attend three, 6-week residential sessions in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines over the next two years and will complete their degree requirements in 2014.
Sister Thea used her doctoral research on virtuous organizations inspired by Catholic mission while teaching the course. She tells us, "I found the audience which was comprised of leaders and future leaders of Catholic facilities receptive to my research. They were anxious to dialogue about the implications of my proposed components of a virtuous organization on their responsibilities as leaders of health systems, universities and other social service agencies."
Sr. Thea, you make us proud.