In our early 20s we were drawn fully to the Catholic Faith. Joshua converted in 1998 after being a pro-life missionary and Luke, who grew up Catholic, had a “reversion” while in the midst of a highly successful entrepreneurial career. Catholic teaching on personal vocation has been especially close to our hearts because of its emphasis on the dignity and full flourishing of every human being. It has been an important part of Joshua’s work as a consultant and a coach. Luke included a strong emphasis on it when he founded ActivPrayer, a company devoted to fitness according to the unique design of each person.
Now, early after our respective conversions we contemplated Saint John Paul II’s instruction that “every initiative serves true renewal in the Church…insofar as the initiative is based on adequate awareness of the individual Christian’s vocation” (Redemptor Hominis, 21) and later in the same encyclical that “personal vocation and mission defines the dignity and responsibility of each member of the lay faithful and makes up the focal point of the whole work of formation.”
These are strong words and should be taken very seriously!
In this document and in many other places the Church declares the priority of personal vocation both for authentic renewal and integral human formation.
OUR CALL TO ACTION
But as our experience in the daily rhythm of Catholic life continued, we began to recognize a troubling reality about the practical application of Church teaching on personal vocation. From Luke’s standpoint as a five-year seminarian (during which time he discerned his unique personal vocation in the middle of the world) and from Joshua’s perspective as a married man and father immersed in parish life, we came to see that:
- Most discussion in the Church today about vocation refers to the priesthood and religious life or, to a lesser extent, about the importance of strong vocations to marriage.
- The very idea of personal vocation remains either an unknown or a peripheral concept for many Catholics.
- Millions of Catholic young people graduate high school and college without having had serious discussion about or formation according to their own distinctive vocations.
This is a sad state of affairs because the renewal of the Church and the transformation of world cannot be achieved without robust emphasis on personal vocation!
In light of this situation, Luke and Joshua formed Inscape, an organization devoted to the vision of each person knowing, embracing, and living to the full their unique personal vocation.
We are delighted that Pope Francis has devoted the next worldwide synod of bishops in October of 2018 to the topic of Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment so that young people “may discover their own life project and they may fulfill it with joy.”
As our story unfolds, we look forward to making it a part of your story…and the Story of the Church.
Joshua Miller, Ph.D.
Vocation Coach & Head of Education
Joshua is a leader in the field of narrative based motivational assessment. For the last 18 years he has applied his expertise in a variety of applications, including executive search, organizational development, and talent management. Since 2010, he has served as a coach helping individuals embrace and effectively leverage their own patterns of unique motivation. He is certified at the ACC level with the International Coach Federation (ICF).
He is a co-developer of MCORE, the first on-line assessment that blends a person’s own achievement stories with established psychometric constructs. He is the Chief Education Officer of Pruvio and in that capacity regularly offers MCORE Training and Certification workshops.
His long standing desire to understand and help people develop their unique giftedness led to an MA & Ph.D. in Philosophy of the Human Person. He continues to effectively integrate learning from this study into his coaching and consulting practices.
He has a wide roster of clients, but specializes in serving the faith based and non-profit sectors. Joshua has deep interest in education and has helped a number of Christian institutions in effective search for their new Head of School. His non-profit clients include World Vision, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Wheaton College, and Calvin College.
Joshua also helped build The Center for Leadership at Franciscan University of Steubenville where he currently serves as a vocation coach and vocation coach trainer for faculty and staff of the institution.
In the fall of 2016, Joshua co-founded Inscape with Luke Burgis.
Board Work (Past & Present)
- President of the Board of AIM Women’s Center devoted to helping abortion determined women choose life for their children.
- A Founding Partner in Pruvio Ventures, LLC
- Member of the SIMA® International Board of Directors
- Duquesne University, Ph.D. in Philosophy of the Human Person
- Franciscan University of Steubenville, M.A. in Philosophy of the Human Person
- College of St. Mary Magdalen, B.A. in Liberal Arts
- Joshua and his wife Brooke of 17 years have six dear children. Joyfully Catholic, they are parishioners of St. Peter’s Church in Steubenville, Ohio. Together they share an interest in theater, music, and literature. Joshua enjoys cultivating his orchard and has a special taste for fresh, homegrown blueberries!
Luke A. Burgis
Luke is an entrepreneur responsible for founding and leading three start-up companies to high growth and sustainability. He was named to the Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25 by Business Week after leaving a career on Wall Street to found his first company shortly after college. He has worked closely with many people in Silicon Valley, including Sequoia Capital and Tony Hsieh of Zappos.
Luke is currently Managing Director of ActivPrayer, a social business that he co-founded with internationally recognized performance coach David Jack with a mission to connect sports and fitness to one’s life purpose. He has led ActivPrayer to be a strong community-driven platform for coaches, athletes, and fitness professionals while forging partnerships with major companies including Reebok International, CrossFit, and Rodale. Luke has also been a professional speaker since 2009 and written many articles on topics ranging from business to health.
The journey of Luke’s unique personal vocation has included five years of seminary formation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas: two years of philosophy studies in California, and three years of theology studies and formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. During that time, he discerned that his unique, personal vocation was to be an entrepreneur who builds organizations that truly benefit the human person. Learn more about Luke Burgis.
- New York University, B.S. in Finance & Accounting (Stern School of Business)
- John’s Seminary, Certificate in Philosophy
- Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, S.T.B. (Sacred Theology)
- Luke recently returned to the U.S. after three of years of living in Rome. He now splits his time between Grand Rapids, MI, where he grew up, and New York City where he visits his girlfriend, Claire. They can be found at Flannery O’Conner book clubs, Off Broadway plays, and hole-in-the-wall restaurants (usually for oyster happy hours). He loves snowboarding and hiking, learning how to cook, and staying up late reading good books with his German Shepherd, Axel.