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Fr. Randy Sly and Kyle Pietrantonio host compelling discussions with influencers for the Church of today as well as the future. The inspiring guests share kingdom-building practices and mutual support in the cultural battle at work in today’s educational climate. Each episode of Follow to Lead is designed to embolden anyone in the ministry of forming the faithful – Catholic school and diocesan leaders, teachers, chaplains and campus ministers, parents, and curriculum partners.

 

episode 1

We welcome Dr. Greg Bottaro, founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. Join the discussion!

ABOUT THE co-hosts

Kyle M. Pietrantonio co-founded Duc In Altum Schools Collaborative to provide a platform for Catholic educational leaders to network and strengthen the faith formation programming of K-12 schools and thereby provide hope and promise for the future of the Catholic Church. Prior to serving as DIA’s Executive Director, Kyle served as Head of School for Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta, Georgia, a pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade independent Catholic school. Before becoming Head of School, he served the school in a variety of capacities including Associate Head for Advancement, Lower School Principal, Middle School Principal, and a Latin and history teacher. Kyle is a founding Board member of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Ignatius House, a Jesuit retreat center in the Atlanta area. Kyle has completed several civic and eccleasial leadership programs including Leadership Atlanta and Catholic Charities Leadership.  

Kyle received his A.B. magna cum laude from Georgetown University in classics, medieval studies, and theology. He is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, where he received his M.Ed. while teaching in Mobile, Alabama and then completed doctoral studies in Catholic educational leadership and policy at The Catholic University of America. In 2012, the University of Notre Dame recognized Kyle with The Michael Pressley Award for Excellence in Education for his contributions to K-12 Catholic education.

Reverend Randolph Sly is a Catholic priest with the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter,  currently serving as President of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School and part-time Associate  Pastor of St. Therese North Catholic Church for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. 

Raised in The Episcopal Church, Fr. Sly has spent over forty years in parish, denominational and media-communications ministries, serving churches in Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas, Virginia, and  Missouri. He first served in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, then returned to his roots through one of the  Anglican denominations, where he was ordained a priest, later consecrated and served as a bishop, then Archbishop. 

In November 2006, he resigned his faculties and, along with his wife, Sandy, was received into  full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. At that time, he worked as a freelance writer and  marketing-communications consultant was well as serving as Associate Editor/Senior Writer for Catholic  Online. Later, with further theological formation and being granted permission for ordination by Pope  Benedict XVI, he was ordained a Catholic priest in June of 2012 with the Personal Ordinariate of the  Chair of St. Peter, the national diocese for former Anglicans. 

During his more than four decades of ministry, he has also been a popular speaker for churches  and Christian organizations, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of spiritual formation,  discipleship, Biblical studies, pro-life, marriage and family, worship and liturgy, pastoral ministry, leadership development and media-communications.  

Fr. Sly is a graduate of Spring Arbor University (B.A.), Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.  with honors), and pursued Ph.D. studies in Education at Kansas State University. He was awarded a  Doctor of Divinity Degree (Honoris Causa) by Holy Trinity Theological College and Seminary, and has  completed continuing education studies in Catholic Educational Leadership through the University of  Dayton. Prior to his call to ministry, Fr. Sly worked in radio as a disk jockey and broadcast journalist, as  well as in television broadcasting and multimedia.  

Continuously involved in the field of communications and the media, he has produced programs  and commercials for radio and TV, along with film, video, and multi-image presentations for numerous national Christian and secular organizations. Fr. Sly is also a published author, having written for many  online news organizations and national periodicals, as well as serving as the major contributing editor and  author for the multi-volume series The Complete Library of Christian Worship by Robert Webber. Earlier  in life, he was named three times for “Outstanding Young Men of America,” and has appeared in “Who’s  Who in Religion,” along with “Who’s Who.”

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