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Opening Prayer

Christ the Teacher,
Teach us to listen.
Teach us to do the deep listening to the sounds of our soul,
Waiting to hear your voice calling us to cast out deeper,
To become fishers of men and women, shepherds of souls,
To follow your will in order to lead others
To the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness only You can offer.


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.

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Episode 1

Dr. Greg Bottaro, founder of the CatholicPsych Institute in New York City, is our guest for this first episode of Follow to Lead. From working with the poor in the Bronx with the Franciscan Friars of Renewal to establishing the CatholicPsych Institute, Dr. Bottaro has committed his life to serving others. In today’s interview we’ll explore the influence Catholic Education played in Dr. Bottaro’s life, talk about the mission of education during the stress-filled times we live in, and find out what advice and encouragement he might have for each of us personally and professionally.

Episode 2

On our next episode of Follow to Lead, we will be talking with Dr. Allen Hunt, Author, Speaker and Senior Advisor with Dynamic Catholic, the ministry founded by Matthew Kelly. Prior to his entrance into the Catholic Church in 2008, Dr. Hunt was the pastor of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, a congregation of 8,000 members just outside of Atlanta. We invite you to join us for this truly interesting interview on Follow to Lead.

Episode 3

On our next episode of Follow to Lead, we will be talking with Mr. Rich Meyer, President of JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Prior to his position at JSerra, Rich taught middle school English in Spain, Spanish and English back in the United States and served as Headmaster of an All Boys Catholic School. We invite you to join us for this truly interesting interview on Follow to Lead.

Episode 4

On our next episode of Follow to Lead, The Most Reverend Thomas Daly, Bishop of the Diocese of Spokane, will be our guest. Bishop Daly is the newly elected chairman for the Committee on Catholic Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. During this interview, we’ll explore the role Catholic education played in his life as well as discuss the present condition and future of Catholic education in America. The bishop brings a wealth of experience to his new role, as he has taught and later served as the President of a Catholic High school for many years. Join us for this very special time with Bishop Thomas Daly on the next edition of Follow to Lead.

Episode 5

On our next episode of Follow to Lead, we talk with Andy Tylicki, President of St. James Academy in Lenexa, KS and their Director for Faith Formation, Deborah Nearmyer about Lenten practices for Catholic Schools. Lent is a great time to develop some creative programs to stimulate spiritual growth and discipleship among students and faculty alike. Our discussion will feature some practical ways schools can bring freshness to their Lenten Season. St. James Academy opened its doors in 2005 and, since that time, has been seen as a leader among Catholic Schools in the nation for their commitment to a mission of dynamic faith formation combined with academic excellence.

Episode 6

The 6th Episode of Follow to Lead is a special Good Friday program. Fr. Randy Sly and Kyle Pietrantonio talk with Thomas Clements, the founder and director of Zenith Ministries. His story is one of redemption and restoration, moving from a life in his teens with drugs, drinking and pleasure to a surrender to Jesus Christ which brought about a life of grace and hope. After earning a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University, he went on to teach several years of High School Theology, build and lead various retreats, form Catechists, give talks, and use his musical talents to lead others in singing praise to God.He recently started Zenith Ministries to help Gen Z and Millennial Catholics experience the same healing and grace God has poured out upon him. You can discover more of what Zenith Ministries is and their mission at www.ZenithMinistries.com.

Episode 7

In this episode of Follow to Lead, we talk with Steven Minnis, President of Benedictine College Atchison, Kansas. From this idyllic small-town setting, it has gained a national reputation due to the quality of its academic program and its commitment to the spiritual formation of its students. Benedictine College’s excellence in faithful Catholic education has led them to be recommended in every edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College since it began publication.
Much of Benedictine’s growth and reputation has come through the leadership of its president, who assumed this role in 2004. Join us for a lively conversation with Steve Minnis about leadership, mission and the future of Catholic Education.

Episodes 8 & 9

In the 8th & 9th episodes of “Follow to Lead,” we  present our two-part interview with Bill and Nancy Bandzuch of Catholic Sprouts. This interview was so rich that we went way over time and decided not to remove any content but stretch it over two episodes. The Bandzuch’s ministry to families includes a daily podcast and other resources to help parents plant seeds of faith in the hearts of their children. Recognizing that parents are the primary teachers of the faith, Bill and Nancy share their hearts regarding this important part of family, recognizing both successes and failures they have had in their own vocation. So please join us for both wonderful episodes with Bill and Nancy Bandzuch of Catholic Sprouts on “Follow to Lead.”

Episode 10

In our 10th Episode, we’re talking with Sister Josephine Garrett, who is with the Sisters of of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Sr. Josephine is a native Texan and currently assigned to the Cathedral School in Tyler, Texas. Raised a Baptist, she is a convert to the Catholic faith and had a ten year career in banking before entering religious life. Sr. Josephine is currently featured in one of the OSV Video Talks from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. Please join us for an inspiring and invigorating discussion on her conversion story, religious life, and her work as a counselor in Catholic Education on “Follow to Lead.”

Episode 11

Andrea Chavez-Kopp joins us for the 11th Episode. She is the Chief Learning Officer for The Procedo Project, which seeks to partner with schools to develop, implement and curate innovative models of Catholic education. Andrea is a 20-year veteran in Catholic Education and Youth Ministry. Recognizing the changing landscape of Catholic Education, the Procedo Project has become a key resource for schools across the country in bringing innovation to the classroom while strengthening Catholic Identity. Please join us for this encouraging and insightful edition of “Follow to Lead”.

Episode 12

Chris Magruder is our guest for the 12th Episode of “Follow to Lead”. She’s Executive Producer of “The Veil Removed,” an amazing multimedia experience that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church.  Chris’ own story of renewal is inspiring and her faith journey led her to some exciting ministry opportunities including radio, podcasting and producing this internationally recognized short film that is approaching 2 million views. Watch “The Veil Removed” for free by going to https://theveilremoved.com/ and join us for another intriguing discussion on the podcast.

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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