Tuesday, February 1, 2011

For our priests: how to learn how to speak...

Toastmasters International is a world renowned organization devoted to promoting effective public speaking and leadership skills. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Catholic priests I've encountered need to join one of these groups, in my opinion. There are several groups that meet on Staten Island:

North Shore Toastmasters Club- Club #: 6927, Dist #: 83, Est: 09/01/1994
6th Floor Conference Room
56 Bay Street, St. George, Staten Island, NY, 10301, United States
718 727 6575
Meeting Time: 7:00 pm, last two Mondays

New Day Toastmasters- Club #: 665371, Dist #: 83, Est: 06/30/2004

Staten Island University Hosp. North, Seaview Ave
Conf. room off the Cafeteria -- 2nd Flr., Staten Island, NY, 10305, United States
(718) 816 5991
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m., Last Thurs.

Richmond County Toastmasters Club - Club #: 3817, Dist #: 83, Est: 03/01/1976

Staten Island University Hospital-North Site
242 Mason Ave - Medical Arts Pavilion, Staten Island, NY, 10305, United States
718 967 4628
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m., 1st & 2nd Wed

Business Leaders Toastmasters - Staten Island
43 Ramona Ave /
Meeting Place
Staten Island, NY 10312

Arlene Trunzo


Even for those priests who seem comfortable speaking to a large group, Toastmasters may help you put together a coherent thought, or help you deliver it in a way that is memorable and inspiring.

In addition, I heard about this website- http://www.audiosancto.org/ - which has recorded sermons in mp3 format that priests can listen to for inspiration of delivery and content. I haven't listened to it yet, but it has been highly praised by orthodox Catholics.

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