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The Program of Church Management teaches how to manage the temporal assets of the Church honestly and wisely, in conformity with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and with accordance to canon law.

 

The Program of Church Management (PCM) is a course organized by the Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre to give clerics, seminarians, religious and lay persons economic, financial and administrative skills in order to be exemplary in the stewardship of the ecclesiastic temporal patrimony.

It has become increasingly apparent that there is a need for a managerial-administrative formation for those who will be responsible for the Church’s material goods.

In raising awareness of this great need, not only have future priests and the economists of individual dioceses responded, but also members of the Church hierarchy, who are ready to contribute to a solution.

The Church needs to be exemplary in the stewardship of her material assets in order to give testimony to the Gospel. The pastoral use of her material goods is a constitutive element of the Church, and the correct dealing with money is an important element of the spirituality of any person entrusted with leadership roles.

Unlike secular business schools where students learn to create wealth and build businesses, this program focuses on how to serve the poor effectively and use the material assets of the Church honestly.

Participants learn the best managerial practices in conformity with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and with accordance to canon law.


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Why should priests, religious and lay Church leaders be proficient with management skills? Through the experience of Church leaders we understand how management skills help the Church fulfill its Mission and how the Catholic Faith shapes the management of resources. 

The Program of Church Management is about to start a Speaker series on these topics called Stewards of Providence: Making the Resources of the Church Fruitful

On November 23 dott.ssa Claudia Ciocca will talk about Real Estate Management as Stewardship from 8:45am to 12:30pm.

On December 11, from 2.30 to 6.15pm, dr. Marco Morganti will talk about Financial Ethics for Parishes, Diocese and Catholic Organizations.

These two classes are open to all those who wish to know more about these topics, and are thinking of enrolling in the Program of Church Management

This past Friday, November 8, 2019, the students of the first cohort of PCM received their diploma. Msgr. Martin Schlag, Director of the MCE Research Centre, flew all the way from Minnesota to hand in the diplomas himself. Msgr. Schlag reminded the students that they are prophets and missionaries, called to give an integral example of holiness in all aspects of their life. This includes the way one deals with the material assets of the Church that have been entrusted to him/her.

On September 23, the Program of Church Management started its II Intensive Week on Accountability in Church Management.

Luanne Zurlo, Executive Director at Brilla Schools Network, and Jim Lundholm-Eades, Consultant for Leadership Roundtable, co-taught the II Intensive Week from September 23 to September 27, 2019. In class, students worked on balance sheets, financial controls & audit, accounting, budgeting, and how to develop a strategic plan.

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