Chaplain to speak about spirituality in workplace

By Lauren Sliva
February 19, 2010

Graduate and Professional studies will be sponsoring the Leader Lecture Series with Father Michael Bielecki. Bielecki will talk about how spirituality is a part of the workplace and is the core of what motivates people to do what they do.

The lectures are a four-part series with previous speakers, Cynthia Francis, Deb Takes and Edward T. Hastings speaking earlier in the year. Bielecki, chaplain of Cabrini College, brings a new perspective to leadership and, being one of many leaders of the college, became a perfect candidate to talk about leadership.

“Spirituality of work is more than a desk job,” Bielecki said, summarizing what he plans to talk about during the lecture. Bielecki defines spirituality in his own view and his view of how spirituality does not only apply to those who are religious.

“The Leader Lecture Series is a way to tie the Justice Matters curriculum at the undergraduate level to graduates,” Dennis Dougherty, interim dean, Graduate and Professor Studies and program director, said.

The lecture series is a part of the Master of Science in Organization Leadership. The organization was started in 2000 by the Graduate and Professional Studies office. Dougherty has organized the lectures not long after the organization started. The previous speakers included sports announcers, coaches, CEO, etc., from inside and outside the school who are “the leading edge of organization leadership.”

“It’s a co-curriculum activity to support the program [the leadership organization] and community,” Dougherty said. The lectures are intended to give students, as well as faculty and staff, different perspectives of leadership.

Being one of the recognized and well-respected faces on campus and having close relationships with students, Bielecki gives a unique look of leadership by how people have achieve it.

“Spirituality is not just religious,” Bielecki said. “Spirituality is your desire; it’s what makes you get up in the morning or what makes you tick, why you are doing what you are doing.”

The lecture will be able to relate to everyone, religious or non-religious.

Bielecki said “I’m not a moral leader but I know about ethics;” speaking on ethics in the workplace and in life.

“All ministers are said to have one sermon,” Bielecki said. “It’s that they talk to themselves to convince themselves what they are saying, and hopefully the listener might get something out of it.”

The half-hour to hour long lecture, “Spiritual Aspects of Leadership,” the title of Bielecki’s speech, takes place March 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grace Hall Boardroom.

“People will be interested in what he has to say,” Dougherty said.

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