Catholic Staff Seminars and Keynotes

I’m Jonathan Doyle and for the last decade I’ve spoken around the world to tens of thousands of Catholic educators, support staff, principals and leaders about the precious vocation of working in a Catholic school.

From London to Florida and New Zealand to Manila and across Australia I’ve had the privilege of bringing a vibrant and motivational message to every school I’ve worked with.

If you’re ready to see staff inspired, affirmed and encouraged in their vocation then keep reading and don’t settle ever again for mediocre staff professional development.

Jonathan has the unique gift of connecting with and inspiring those who are called to serve our beautiful Catholic church. He makes the complex, simple, and is able to engage a crowd of 1000s, or lead one individual to their highest potential. I have been stunned by his impact. His message of hope is greatly needed in our Catholic schools, church, business communities and world.
Gail Dorn

President, Catholic Schools Centre of Excellence USA

What are Catholic leaders and educators saying?

One of the key things when considering a seminar for your staff is to find out about the experience of other schools and leaders.

“Jonathan has many gifts – first he read me well from the first time we met, listening and coaching and helping me grow as a leader; but secondly he delivered a world class keynote to over 8,000 Catholic school educators at the NCEA Convention – and was late to the following dinner because so many folks wanted to talk to him after the keynote! Jonathan’s keynote to Catholic school teachers and leaders at the NCEA Convention and Expo was tremendous; it was as if he was speaking to me, just me, even though there were over 8,000 present, and as a result of his presentation many dioceses requested his return to the US for more talks and presentations. As a leader I’ve learned a great deal from my collaboration and friendship with Jonathan; he is a great listener yet also communicates what the person in front of him needs to hear, whether over a cup of coffee or when he is giving a keynote to thousands.  His keynote at NCEA was one of the very best ever.”
Dr. Tom Burnford D.Min

President, National Catholic Educational Association USA

Jonathan has the unique gift of connecting with and inspiring those who are called to serve our beautiful Catholic church. He makes the complex, simple, and is able to engage a crowd of 1000s, or lead one individual to their highest potential. I have been stunned by his impact. His message of hope is greatly needed in our Catholic schools, church, business communities and world.
Archbishop Peter Comensoli

Archdiocese of Melbourne

Using the latest material, Jonathan is able to weave together presentations covering a variety of different themes but most importantly, he provides strategies to ensure personal growth. I love this.I feel very encouraged by him in my work as a Catholic educational leader. Being a witness to who and what I believe brings meaning to my life. Jonathan ‘gets’ this.  His passion and mentoring has really given me inspiration to share my learning and love with others.I am being motivated.I am learning.I am being challenged.

Anna Barber


St Bede’s College has been involved with Jonathan and his work for over five years and staff have been both affirmed and challenged in their vocations as catholic teachers. In order for us, as teachers, to encourage our students to develop their relationship with God, we need to keep working on ours too!
Rachel Pitcaithly

St. Bede's College Christchurch

Jonathan Doyle’s work to support young people with resources on building good relationships has been a staple of countless schools’ personal development programs for several years. What is now emerging in Jonathan’s array of talents is an insightful and energetic mission to form teachers. Jonathan’s presentations set hearts on fire, turning the well-worn adage of teaching being a vocation into a passionate and liveable reality.
Ian Smith

Fmr Director of RE & Evangelisation Diocese of Parramatta

Having Jonathan Doyle speak was the most inspirational professional development I have ever provided for my teachers. Jonathan’s humor and his endearing personality made the presentation entertaining, while he brought forth the message that if God put us in our positions, God will not abandon us. He is here with us. We don’t have to do it all alone. Jonathan’s steps to becoming a saint made us all realize that “Yes, we CAN become saints!” On the day after hearing Jonathan there was an incredible spirit of peace among my teachers.
Dr. Linda Wiley

San Pedro California

Just want you to know we had an outstanding day with Jonathan. He was so inspiring. I heard nothing but positive comments. Just what we needed. I continue to pray for Jonathan and you as you inspire so many educators around the world. My deepest appreciation for making all this happen.
Linda Kaiser

Director, Catholic Education St. Cloud MN USA

Jonathan Doyle brings a vitality and precision to professional development for educators in Catholic schools. His highly developed and motivational presentations enable staff to see how they can personify a missionary spirit in serving their students.
Edmund P Adamus

Archdiocese of Westminster

Jonathan invites staff at Catholic schools into a full and rich vision of the human person. A session with Jonathan helps staff be attentive to the unrestricted desires of their own hearts:in helping us fully grasp the human dimension of education, we are opened to God.
Geoff Brodie

St. Patrick's College

Jonathan’s keynote on purpose was a very powerful reminder of not getting caught up in chasing after temporary things. Rather, through fulfilling ones calling to serve is where we discover our true purpose. Through the sharing of personal stories and faith, along with lessons from history Jonathan drove home his point in an engaging and personally challenging way.
Stuart Traeger

LCA Teacher Conference

Many thanks to you Jonathan – the day was wonderful and the feedback from your presentation has been phenomenal!

We would love to have you back again…

Adam Calderone

Kolbe Catholic College

Jonathan’s message hit a homerun with our teachers and school leaders. At times, he had us laughing heartily and other times you could hear a pin drop. Most importantly, our teachers are still talking about the message among themselves and at their faculty meetings. He helped us recognize that holiness and sainthood is for all of us, that Christ is the source of grace for our thriving, and that the role of the Catholic teacher is critical to the mission of the Church. Jonathan’s keynote was a delightful way to begin the new school year, providing just right balance of challenge and encouragement.
Superintendent Dave Faber

Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan United States

Jonathon brings insight and optimism to the journey of everyday life. He makes ‘common sense’ more sensible because of his eloquence and ability to make complex ideas clear. He makes ‘common sense’ more common because of his drive and energy. He seems indefatigable. His research and creativity are extraordinary.
I have found Jonathon’s work very important and very accessible. He has a humility and a vulnerability as well as authentic strength and clarity of purpose. I would highly recommend Jonathon’s work when seeking a perspective about living well and living truthfully.
Mr. Greg Hay

Principal, St. Mark's College

It’s simple…as Catholic teachers deepen in their faith they live their vocation and mission more fully.

There are several key reasons why booking a seminar with Jonathan Doyle would be a great step forward for your school as it develops its potential to be an authentic and Christ centred missionary community.

Schools where individual staff are more deeply formed in their Catholic faith become more joyful places to work.
Jonathan Doyle is a dynamic and sought after global communicator who has a major impact upon any audience.
When staff understand the nobility and significance of their vocation as a spiritual undertaking they think, act and teach differently.
As staff learn to pray and develop their spiritual life your whole school gradually becomes a true centre of mission and real Gospel values.
Mission is not something Catholic schools do…it’s the reason they exist. Jonathan’s seminars help staff to envision a new paradigm for what their work really means.

In a seminar or keynote Jonathan creates a compelling vision of just what’s possible for a Catholic school…

Each session with Jonathan explores a range of key ideas that help staff make connections between their personal faith journey and their ministry and mission to you young people.

Some of the benefits and content include:

Module 1 - Opening Concepts

What are the big ticket challenges and opportunities facing Catholic teachers and Catholic education in the 21st century and how can we be ready to respond?

Module 3 - The Rumour Of God

What happens when Catholic schools lose their Catholic identity and what can we do to get it back?

Module 5 - Understanding and embracing the New Poor

The Church documents refer to a new form of poverty faced by so many young people. How can we understand their needs and bring the presence of Jesus to them in the real world.

Module 2 - What do vocation and mission really mean?

How do these two simple concepts impact every teacher and how can they leverage a new understanding of them to create change in every classroom?

Module 4 - Truth, Beauty and Goodness

God has been speaking to every teacher all their lives but they may have forgotten to listen. Discover the key ways in which we can better experience the real presence of God in our lives.

Jonathan has previously worked with…

In the Diocese of Lismore, leaders were finding that many of our young staff were lacking in a deeper and more mature understanding of their faith, especially regarding Catholic identity and mission. Using Jonathan’s excellent presentations in this crucial area, the formation of staff has been enhanced. Jonathan skillfully draws individuals into a cognitive process of reflection; of what it really is to be human and what it really is to live a free and full life in a way God intends us to. Jonathan’s sessions are certainly a great tool for any group wishing to further this reflective practice…
Dr. John Graham

Catholic Schools Office Lismore

Who Is Jonathan Doyle?

Jonathan began his professional life teaching in Catholic secondary schools and quickly completed a Masters Degree in Education. He then commenced a second Master’s Degree at the Pontifical Institute and is currently completing further study in Executive Coaching. He is the author of four books, has spoken around the world to over 400,000 people and has been contracted over the last decade by a large number of schools, dioceses and Catholic Education Offices. More recently he founded the Going Deeper Online Staff Professional Development Platform, which is now being used by over 400 schools across the world. He is a dynamic and passionate communicator with a wealth of experience in Catholic education and empowering teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions…

How long does the session run for as we are a very busy school?

Jonathan can deliver major conference keynoyes, run full-day staff sessions or shorter after-school sessions from 3.30 – 5.00pm or small group sessions throughout the day allowing for less release time of staff.

What does it cost?
Please contact Jonathan to discuss your seminar needs and pricing.
Is there any follow up?

Jonathan provides extensive weekly content via the Going Deeper Online Platform that will allow your school to develop the seminar ideas going forward. He also runs a very popular Catholic Teacher Facebook Group, a daily motivational podcast and other social media channels.

Is it just for R.E. Staff?
The session can just be run for a single department but it is normally run for all teaching and, ideally, non-teaching staff. The aim is to provide encouragement and motivation to the entire school community.
Not all our staff are Catholic. Is that an issue?
Not at all. Jonathan has worked with a diverse range of schools and approaches every session with the awareness that John Paul II constantly referred to ‘people of goodwill’. While not every staff member may be Catholic the content will still resonate deeply.
What type of conference, diocese or school would be a good fit for Jonathan's work?

Schools, conferences, dioceses or events where leaders such as the Principal, Religious Education Coordinator, Director of Mission and other key staff genuinely care about the faith formation and mission of their staff and also schools that care deeply about young people and want to resource and support staff in their vocation as Catholic educators.

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