Parish Excellence Summit

Sharing strong practices during the pandemic with every parish in America


Virtual Parish Excellence Summit

40+ expert presentations over 5 days

The Parish Excellence Summit is a 5-day experience for parish priests, staff members and volunteer leaders. This convening of parish leaders and influential teachers on parish life will highlight strong practices from parishes across the country, particularly during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 


Each day will feature 4 hours of talks led by passionate parish leaders, for passionate parish leaders. Winners of the Parish Excellence Awards will be announced between sessions.


  • Offertory recovery and retention - inspiring generosity during difficult times

  • Livestreaming best practices to improve broadcast quality and increase participation

  • Strategy-planning in the midst of uncertainty

  • Executing impactful faith formation virtually

  • Strategies for increasing parishioner engagement through media

  • Real examples of life-changing outreach to parishioners and beyond

  • Adjusting to an accelerating rate of change

  • Winning parishioners back after the shutdown


        With the intense dedication shown by parishes during the pandemic, isn't it time we honored parishes and their leaders for all they've done by sharing their practices and recognizing their incredible efforts?


        The Parish Excellence Summit isn't just a 5-day showcase of actionable information from parish leaders and experts on parish revitalization. It also recognize parishes who have particularly excelled during Covid. Between sessions, 16 Parish Excellence Awards will be announced and parish accomplishments will be highlighted as another wonderful learning opportunity.


        • From National Apostolates Focused On Assisting Parishes: 

        • Ben Akers & Brian Truckenbrod, Augustine Institute

        • Brice Sokolowski,

        • Chris Lowney, author of Everyone Leads

        • Colin MacIver, Ascension Press

        • Ed Bradley, Rebuilt Parish & Church of the Nativity (Timonium, MD)

        • Hosffman Ospino, PhD, Boston College

        • Jason Jensen, Glass Canvas

        • Joanie Lewis, Our Sunday Visitor

        • Joe Garcia, eCatholic

        • Joel Stepanek, Life Teen

        • John Beaulieu, Franciscan University

        • Joshua Danis, Alpha for Catholics

        • Kevin Cotter, Amazing Parish

        • Marcel LeJeune, Catholic Missionary Disciples

        • Matt Manion, Villanova Center for Church Management 

        • Michael Dopp, UEvangelize

        • Nathan Crankfield, Seeking Excellence

        • Pete Burak, id916 & Renewal Ministries

        • Peter Andrastek, The Evangelical Catholic

        • Richard Bartlett, My Catholic Faith Delivered

        • Ron Huntley, Divine Renovation Network

        • Scot Landry, Parish Excellence

        • Terry Poplava & Team, Catholic Leadership Institute 

        • Tracy Earl Welliver, LPi

        From Dioceses and Archdioceses: 

        • Bill Baird, Archdiocese of Baltimore

        • Cory Howat, iGive Catholic | Archdiocese of New Orleans

        • Fr. Peter Wojcik, Renew My Church | Archdiocese of Chicago

        • Michael Lavigne, Faith at Home | Archdiocese of Boston

          • Stephen Colella, Archdiocese of Miami

              From Parishes: 

              • Fr. Angelos Sebastian, St. Kilian Parish (Mission Viejo, CA) 

              • Fr. Bob Lacroix, Holy Family Parish (Novi, LA)

              • Fr. Duy Le, San Francisco Solano Parish (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)

              • Fr. Dwayne D. Davis, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish (Brooklyn, NY)

              • Fr. Gary Dowsey, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Dunedin, FL)

              • Fr. John Amsberry, St. Charles Borromeo Parish (San Diego, CA)

              • Fr. Marc Bishop, Catholic Parishes of Arlington, MA

              • Fr. Michael Najim, St. Pius X Parish (Westerly, RI)

              • Fr. Michael White &Tom Corcoran, Church of the Nativity (Timonium, MD) & Rebuilt Parish

              • Glen Vassou, Queen of Peace Parish (Gainesville, FL)

              • Karen Baker, Mary Queen of Peace Parish (Mandeville, LA)

              • Reyne Vanderburg, St. John Nepomuk Parish (Yukon, OK)


                Parish Excellence is grateful to our sponsors who make the Summit possible. View our sponsors by clicking below!

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                The Parish Excellence Summit will feature 40+ presentations on topics ranging from strategic planning to offertory recovery. You can view and download the Summit Schedule and Program Journal here.

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