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.
John Sikorski holds a PhD in moral theology and Christian ethics from the University of Notre Dame, and has taught at the University of Notre Dame and Saint Meinrad School of Theology and Ministry. His work especially focuses on Saint John Paul II’s legacy and thought, and areas of expertise include bioethics, marriage and family life studies, liturgical theology, and Catholic social teaching. His writings have appeared in the Journal of Moral Theology, Church Life Journal, the Person and the Challenges, as well as a variety of popular venues. He has thirteen years’ experience in diocesan ministry, including marriage and family life as well as serving as the Director of Adult Faith Formation & Catechesis for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
He has been married for twelve years to Monica and together they homeschool their five children in South Bend, IN. He loves to ski and mountain bike, and is always up for enjoying the outdoors in God’s beautiful creation, including working on a variety of projects around the home, from carpentry and woodworking to landscaping.
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.
Leanne Tang graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in Chemistry and minor in Catholic Studies. Her passion to find the intersection between innovation and social impact led her to obtain her MS in Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship (ESTEEM) from the University of Notre Dame. While at ESTEEM she completed her thesis work on the product launch of a novel gait training technology with Enlighten Mobility, a medical device startup based in South Bend, IN. She has also spent the last 4 years working in the non-profit space with the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national social justice network inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and A Rosie Place for Children, a respite care hospital for medically fragile children.
DJ Murphy graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Theology. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Officer in the US Navy and began flight training in Pensacola, FL. After earning his Wings of Gold, he was stationed in San Diego, CA flying the MH-60S and serving as a squadron public affairs officer, legal officer, and more. While in San Diego, he became actively involved in parish ministry, founded a ministry for Catholics in the military, and eventually co-founded a non-profit that places young adult Catholic professionals in underutilized Catholic properties (convents, rectories, etc). After leaving active duty, he began his role as a Catholic Innovation Fellow for SENT and was named a Visiting Scholar for Church Real Estate at Notre Dame's Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate.
Josie Kuhlman graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with a degree in public relations, where she competed on the Women’s Tennis team for four years. While pursuing a professional tennis career after college, Josie launched an online ministry called Beautiful Depths as a way to inspire and encourage other young adults in the Catholic faith. Josie’s passion for direct service and evangelization led her to leave the world of professional sports behind and take a job at the University of Notre Dame for a year, where she worked as a writer for the development office. Now living back in the sunshine state where she grew up, Josie is pursuing a Master’s in Theology from the Augustine Institute and working within ministry for the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida.
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