2018 Petrus Leadership Conference

2018 Petrus Leadership Conference

January 7-10, 2018: The Petrus Leadership Conference is a three-day conference designed to inspire, equip and connect you to the ideas, tools and people you need to succeed. The Petrus leadership team, together with notable guest speakers, focuses on issues of importance to Catholic priests, directors and development professionals working to strengthen ministry, as well as instruction and guidance on the “nuts and bolts” of development work. It is also great for networking with ministry peers. Attendees leave well-informed and recharged!

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My team and I are always impressed with the caliber of speakers at the Petrus Conference.
You guys really do a great job every year bringing in leaders and practitioners to offer best practices in development.


Our attendees may look forward to relevant topics and dynamic speakers! Conference sessions will offer the critical insight needed for your ministry. Return home with renewed enthusiasm for your mission. Below is a glimpse at the topics that will be covered by the speakers at the 2018 Petrus Leadership Conference. More topics and speakers will be announced as the event gets closer.


  • Linda Domeyer; Director of Advancement, Washington University Catholic Student Center – Getting the Most from Your Leadership Council
  • Tara Doyon; Director of Stewardship & Development, St. Paul Catholic Center at the University of Indiana – How to Qualify a Donor Prospect
  • Mark Randall, CFRE; Executive Director for Institutional Advancement, Pontifical College of North America – Donor Cultivation Done Right
  • Fr. Larry Rice; Director, University Catholic Center at University of Texas and Andrew Robison; President, Petrus Development – What to Expect of Your Development Director
  • Marcel LeJeune; Founder & President, Catholic Missionary Disciples – 5 Signs of Organizational Health


  • Jamie Cappetta; President, USC Caruso Catholic Center – Metrics in Development and Ministry
  • Mike Perkins; Sr. Director of Philanthropy, FOCUS – Benefactor Stewardship
  • Peter de Keratry, CFRE; Executive Director of Stewardship & Development, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City – Making the Ask 
  • Todd Braulick; Sr. Vice President, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Wealth Management – Strategies for Planned Giving
  • Fr. Ben Hasse and Rhen Hoehn; St. Albert the Great University Parish at Michigan Tech University and Allison Seibert; St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University – Monthly Giving Strategies


  • Guy Mallabone, MA, CFRE; President and CEO, Global Philanthropic, Inc. – From Good to Great: Successful Fundamentals of a Major Gift Program
  • Sarah Rose; Consultant, Petrus Development – Technology in Fundraising

Return on Investment

Every year, I have returned from the Petrus Conference with at least 2-3 great ideas that I can immediately implement.
I don't know any other conference that I attend that I can say that about.

Cost to Attend:

Registration fee includes access to over 20 sessions led by leaders in the Catholic and Advancement communities; breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks (Monday dinner is on your own); networking with dozens of peers across the country and a renewed sense of enthusiasm toward ministry and fundraising.

  • Early Bird Registration (Aug 1 – Oct 15): $395
  • Standard Registration (Oct 16 – Dec 1): $450
  • Late Registration (Dec 2 – Dec 15): $495

Bring Your Team!

  • Registered 3 regular registrations and receive the 4th 50% off!
  • Registered 4 regular registrations and receive the 5th 75% off!
  • Registered 5 regular registrations and receive the 6th FREE!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eddie J. “Ed” Davis

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Ed Davis will be our Keynote Speaker for 2018 Petrus Leadership Conference. Dr. Davis brings over 20 years of development and leadership experience to the table. As a leader in university fundraising and a long-time advisor to St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University, Dr. Davis will share his insights for how to build a vision and implement the strategy and techniques to see it become reality.

Dr. Eddie J. “Ed” Davis served as President of the Texas A&M Foundation for 23 years, retiring in 2016. As president of the Texas A&M Foundation from 1993 to 2016, he led the fundraising effort that supports Texas A&M. The seven-year One Spirit One Vision campaign, which ended December 31, 2006, raised more than $1.5 billion (more than 50 percent above the campaign goal). More than 1,700 student scholarships, 117 graduate fellowships, 69 faculty chairs and 62 professorships were created during this campaign. Ed and his wife JoAnn are now serving as Campaign Chairs for the $20 million St. Mary’s New Church Campaign.

Dr. Ed Davis

If there were a Fundraiser's Hall of Fame, Ed Davis would be one of first names I would expect to see.
He has made such an impact on his institutions and the field of philanthropy throughout his career. I can't wait to hear him speak.

Plenary Speaker: Marcel LeJeune – “5 Signs of Organizational Health”

Marcel LeJeune is the President and Founder of Catholic Missionary Disciples. As a Catholic evangelist, international speaker, and award-winning author, Marcel loves to share his greatest passion – helping others come to know the love of Jesus and how to share that love with others. Marcel served as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry at St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M University for 11 years, the largest campus ministry in the country. Previous to that position, he was the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Elizabeth’s University Parish at Texas Tech University. He holds a Master of Theological Studies, specializing in Pastoral Theology.

He is the author of three books and has contributed to several others. Marcel’s articles have been published in many national Catholic magazines, newspapers, and websites. He is a regular guest on EWTN radio and Relevant Radio. He has also been featured on EWTN Television. His book, “Cleansed: A Catholic Guide to Freedom From Porn” was a 1st place winner in the Catholic Press Association’s book awards. The most important part of his life, and his vocation, is being a husband and father. Marcel and his wife, Kristy, have five children.

Marcel LeJeune

Marcel is one of those guys with so much experience in campus ministry, it would be impossible to NOT take away incredible lessons from one of his presentations.
I have no doubt that he will hit it out of the park with his session on Organizational Health.

Plenary Speaker: Guy Mallabone, MA, CFRE – “From Good to Great – Successful Fundamentals of a Major Gift Program”

Guy Mallabone is recognized internationally as one of the nonprofit sector’s most thoughtful and inspiring leaders. Since 1980 he has been providing exceptional advice and service to clients in the non-profit sector, including universities, social service agencies, health care providers, and others.

He’s a recognized international expert in fund development and is engaged in every aspect of fund raising and integrated fund development practice, including annual fund, major gift, and gift planning. Clients include all types and sizes of non-profit organizations, and are located in Canada and around the world.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Guy leads Global Philanthropic Inc. as President and CEO, conducting fund development training and consulting in more than a dozen countries. As a practitioner, author, teacher and presenter, Guy works with all types and sizes of goals and challenges.

Guy Mallabone

Guy has such a welcoming style and gives incredible presentations that are full of applicable ideas.
His sessions on major gifts are ones that I look forward to every year at the Petrus Conference.


The Petrus Leadership Conference regularly attracts ministries from across the nation. Attendees always list “Networking” as one of their favorite aspects of the Conference. Below are just some of the organizations already registered for the PLC that you’ll be able to network with.

  • Catholic Campus Ministry at William & Mary
  • The Evangelical Catholic
  • Newman Catholic Center at the University of Iowa
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center at University of Oregon
  • San Juan Diego Catholic High School
  • Saint Augustine Catholic Student Center at University of Florida
  • St. Albert the Great University Parish at Michigan Tech University
  • Catholic Student Center at University of Maryland
  • University Catholic Center at University of Texas
  • Newman Catholic Center at Eastern Illinois University
  • St. Lawrence Newman Center at University of Minnesota
  • St. John Catholic Student Center at Oklahoma State University
  • Newman Catholic Center at Northern Illinois University
  • Diocese of Fort Worth
  • Lumen Christi Institute
  • Western Dominican Province
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Newman Center at Northern Arizona University
  • Catholic Campus Ministry at Florida International University
  • Catholic Campus Ministry at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  • Didde Catholic Campus Center at Emporia State University
  • And more…

Register Today and Join the Crowd!


What I appreciate most about the Petrus Conference are the relationships that I've formed with other Catholics around the country.
It's always a joy to see old faces and meet new folks that I know will become fast friends.