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Dr. Bob McCarty

Personal Profile

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Bob McCarty has spent his entire professional career in service to the Catholic Church and her pastoral ministry and mission through leadership development, organizational management, and spirituality for the journey. He has practical pastoral leadership experience at the parish, school, diocesan, and national levels. His varied experiences enabled Bob to address a broad range of topics and audiences, including conferences of local lay ecclesial leaders, graduate classes, and clergy and bishop workshops nationally and internationally. 


A student of leadership and a lecturer on the subject for over a decade, Bob has a reputation for fostering collaboration and operationalizing strategic vision. He has provided consultation and training for ministry leadership in five countries to assist their efforts in creating a national vision and structure for pastoral ministry with young Catholics.  He is a project coordinator for Saint Mary’s Press research, an author of eight books, the most recent of which is Faith Talk: Having Conversations with Youth that Matter! And coming in 2023: The Heart of Discipleship.


An avid rock climber, cycler, and grandparent, Bob is eager to share his synodal approach as a consultant in the areas of:


Leadership Skills and Processes: conflict, communication, collaboration, pastoral planning, and ministry structures


Evangelization: outreach strategies, adult faith formation, fostering family faith, accompaniment and developing engaged faith communities


Pastoral Care of the Minister: spirituality, surviving ministry and retreats


Bob is available for in-person consultation and ministry formation across the United States and is equipped and willing to serve English speaking clients using Zoom.

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