Whom God calls, He Equips.
We help Him equip Entrepreneurs of the Spirit so they can transform the Church and the world through their business ventures.
We can’t move forward as a Church without first learning from the past.
We spent a year researching the lives of over 50 Church renewal leaders such as St. Benedict, St. Francis, St. Ignatius, St. John Bosco, Dorothy Day, Chiara Lubich and others. Here, SENT identified common characteristics of these “Entrepreneurs of the Spirit”—leaders who developed innovative approaches to address the human and spiritual needs of their time and place. Through their radical adherence to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, they became entrepreneurs for Christ and His Church.
These innovative leaders are not just relics of the past, but are also present in the world today. By supporting today’s Entrepreneurs of the Spirit, SENT provides the business insight, community support, peer-to-peer mentorship, and spiritual grounding for innovative ventures to succeed and revitalize the 21st century Church.
Fueling a Dynamic, Entrepreneurial Catholic Church.
We envision a dynamically entrepreneurial Catholic Church whose members, inflamed by the Holy Spirit and rooted in a living faith, creatively pray, work, and live to address the human and spiritual needs of our time.
SENT contributes to Catholic Church renewal by fueling the next generation of leaders to meet their business, personal and spiritual goals with the support and accountability of a community.
Individually and collectively, those affiliated with SENT will seek to live faithful, integrated Catholic lives. Imbued with Christ through the Sacraments, regular prayer, spiritual reading, human outreach, and other spiritual practices, we aspire for authentic holiness in order to be a magnifier of the Holy Spirit. By allowing ourselves to be spiritually nourished, we hope to be more effective vessels for advancing the mission of the Holy Spirit in the world. We believe that the best way to nurture a culture of spiritual entrepreneurship in others is to first live this way ourselves.
Just as the Entrepreneurs of the Spirit throughout Church history remained faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church and Church leadership, SENT seeks to be faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We believe that remaining united to the cumulative wisdom of the Church will also be a great aid to humility by which we seek to play the role of servant within the Church and thereby allow the Holy Spirit space to breathe through our ideas and work.
Fan the Flames
We believe that one of the most powerful ways to contribute to Church renewal is to "fan the flames" of what the Holy Spirit is already doing. Since the Holy Spirit has consistently renewed the Church through “Entrepreneurs of the Spirit” in the past, we are confident that He is renewing the Church today in the same way, though these individuals typically look different in various times and settings. By developing the right ecosystem for entrepreneurs to co-create with the Holy Spirit, dynamic transformation becomes possible.
SENT intends to equip Catholic entrepreneurs with world-class resources in business, entrepreneurship, mentorship, and professional networks so that Catholic entrepreneurs have the ecosystem and support needed for fruitful growth.
Instead of building small segregated camps, SENT hopes to prioritize partnerships and collaborations with those who share our vision. We recognize that we depend on each other as the Mystical Body and no one organization by itself can achieve such a mission.
Renewal efforts throughout history have often adopted unexpected structures and approaches depending on the need to be addressed. Therefore, today, we are open to a variety of structures or ways of addressing apparent human or spiritual needs. From informal street ministry to complex, structured organizations, Entrepreneurs of the Spirit look vastly different in varying contexts. Often they are uniquely shaped by their own background, experiences, the ‘needs’ they’ve encountered, and how they have been inspired by the Holy Spirit. Despite such diversity, certain core qualities can be found, such as vibrant relationship with Christ, fidelity to the Catholic Church, and a capability to address some key human or spiritual need.
John Cannon founded SENT to fuel Catholic entrepreneurs to address pressing
human and spiritual needs through integration of world-class business insight
and deep spiritual practice. Prior to SENT, John founded and ran a boutique
management consulting practice, where he advised for-profit and NGO clients in
diverse sectors on growth and financial strategy. As an investment banker for
Wells Fargo, he was part of the Leveraged Finance deal team that closed a
$1.2B financing for an energy client. He is a former Policy Advisor to the
Governor of Alabama and also spent seven years in monastic life as a
Carmelite, an ancient Catholic religious order, where he prayed, taught
spirituality, and worked in a variety of ministries.
John received a BBA (Finance) and BA (Political Science) from the University
of Notre Dame, a Masters in Politics & IR from Oxford University, an MBA
from Harvard Business School, an MA in Philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary
and MA in Theology from Franciscan University Steubenville. He spent a year
researching the lives of 50 renewal leaders in Catholic Church history to
identify their common characteristics,
about which he hopes to share with the SENT Community.
Andrew DeBerry has 15 years of experience leading new cloud and artificial intelligence initiatives at T-Mobile and Microsoft. He currently heads cloud projects to improve cancer diagnoses using AI and strengthen election security at U.S. Cyber Command. Andrew has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Notre Dame with minors in Public Policy, Arabic, and Catholic Social Teaching. He gained a Masters in National Security studies while a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and completed an MBA in Strategic Management and MA in International Studies from the Wharton School’s Lauder Institute.
Erin Aucar is a social innovator and educator passionate about driving change within existing organizations and facilitating connections among other changemakers. She lives and works in DC as the DC Regional Engagement Manager for the University of Notre Dame’s Meruelo Family Center for Career Development. Erin also volunteers as a "Hallow Herald" for the Hallow App and serves on the Board of Directors for the Gap Year Association. She has her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and a M.A. in Social Entrepreneurship with a concentration in International Education Program Design from American University. Erin’s professional strengths and interests include: organization, networking, systems thinking, talent acquisition, project management, nonprofits, innovation, education & community development.
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