Formation for Leading with Mission

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture has been developed in collaboration with industry partners and is designed for leaders of Catholic health, aged care, educational and social service organisations. The course aims to build personal leadership capabilities to enable you to:

  • Articulate and implement the principal features of Catholic mission, identity and culture - in your organisation;
  • Integrate a Catholic perspective into key decision-making to build greater mission effectiveness  across your organisation;
  • Exercise your authentic spiritual leadership role;
  • Interpret key Church documents relating to the leadership of Catholic mission, identity, and organisational culture;
  • Review current practices and policies in relation to the Catholic culture of your organisation.

Run in intensive mode, this unique program will enable busy senior leaders to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge of the distinctive ways in which the Catholic community thinks about and believes in the human person
  • Develop ethical frameworks for mission-critical decision making
  • Consider the social justice implications of our work in Catholic health, social services and education.
  • Enable participants to think deeply about their own leadership style and the context in which they exercise leadership on behalf of the Catholic community

Program Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture is comprised of 4 units, completed in intensive mode over one week, Monday to Friday.

Face-to-face delivery encourages group discussion and knowledge sharing among participants who also undertake work-based projects to ensure learning is integrated into the workplace.

If there are sufficient participants, cohorts may also elect to take part in an International Study Tour to gain broader insight into Catholic spiritual development.

Dates: 15 - 19 March 2021, Melbourne

This unit provides leaders and aspiring leaders in Catholic Organisations with an introduction to the theological foundations for the exercise of their role. Participants explore the nature and distinctive features of Catholic culture, and examine a Catholic understanding of the human condition—in particular the existential and spiritual aspects of health, aged care, education and social services with regard to caring for whole person.

Dates: 24 - 28 May 2021, Brisbane

In this unit you are introduced to practical ethical decision-making from the perspective of the Catholic moral tradition. Participants are enabled to develop their own response to the fundamental ethical question, "How should I live?" They have the opportunity to examine and analyse case studies drawn from the specific context of their professional experience and environment.

Dates: 2 - 6 August 2021, North Sydney

In this unit you will explore and examine the development and application of core concepts in Catholic Social Thought, such as the dignity of the human person, the common good, solidarity, subsidiarity, and equality. Participants are enabled to give a critical account of the biblical and theological foundations of social justice in Church tradition, their implications for living and their role in Catholic organisations.

Dates: 18 - 22 Oct 2021, Melbourne

This unit enables the integration of learning from the previous units and requires participants to reflect on leadership in Catholic contexts more broadly as well as in the specific setting of their own organisations. You will examine contemporary thinking about leadership, and analyse and evaluate leadership styles appropriate for the stewardship of Catholic organisations. Further, you will examine the historical, demographic, political, economic and ecclesial influences shaping Catholic health and aged care, community care and social service delivery, and analyse the relationship between the culture and the mission of your organisation.

Eligibility and Applications

This is an executive level program for senior decision-makers and aspiring leaders in Catholic organisations. As it is a postgraduate qualification, participants are expected to have a bachelor degree or significant experience in a leadership or management role, preferably within a Catholic organisation.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture you may be eligible to receive advanced standing from ACU in the Master of Leadership and the Master of Business Administration.

For more information on Catholic leadership programs, phone a team member on (02) 9739 2652 or email

Study Pathway

While it is highly recommended that students undertake the program in one calendar year, it is possible to complete the program in the following way:

  • 2020: Unit 1 and Unit 3
  • 2021: Unit 2 and Unit 4

Unit 1 provides foundational content and context, and must be taken first. Unit 4 is the capstone unit which provides a synthesis of Units 1 to 3 and must be completed last.


The per unit fee is $2,400, a total of $9,600 for the four subjects in 2020 and 2021.

A Student Services Fee of $45 per term is also payable per participant, plus the cost of textbooks.

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