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 Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross has organized a course of formation for priests, lay persons and members of religious orders who work for the Church in economic and administrative capacities.
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 assets 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 will focus on how to serve the poor effectively and how to use the material assets of the Church honestly. All course content complies with Canon Law and uses best managerial practices in conformity with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Why such a program?
Unlike secular business schools where students learn to create wealth and build businesses, this program will focus on how to serve the poor effectively, and use the material assets of the Church honestly and according to Canon Law and good managerial practices in conformity with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
What outcome do we expect?
At the end of this course, students will have basic notions of economics, management, and finance in the pastoral service and needs of the Church.
The wealth of expertise of the participating universities and partner institutions guarantees the highest academic level. The topics are relevant to daily pastoral ministry, and the participation of priests and other persons dedicated to the Church’s service ensures the immediate application to the practical needs of the parish, the diocese, the religious order or other Christian organizations.
The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross will be the principal coordinator of the project in Rome while constantly cooperating with and supported by the academic partner institutions.
Who do we invite to participate?
As students in the PCM we are looking for:
• young priests;
• members of religious orders;
• laity who already are or will soon be leaders of the Church in various capacities and positions.