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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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Highlights

This past January 7-11, Fr. Anthony Stoeppel went to Puebla, Mexico to give ongoing formation in Church management in Spanish to the members of the Siervos de Jesús. This relatively new community has over 50 priests serving in Mexico, Honduras, and Spain. The vicar general of the Siervos, Fr. Carlos Balderas, participated in PCM’s intensive weeks during the first cohort, and then subsequently asked Fr. Anthony to offer similar content to their community as a whole. The superior general, p. Francisco Javier Almanza Terrazas, shared what the course in Puebla meant for him and his community: “In the Spiritual Exercises, which guides us in applying the gospel to our spirituality, St. Ignatius of Loyola indicates in the Principle and Foundation (n. 23) that there is a rule for the use of temporal goods given to us by God: use them inasmuch as they help us achieve the end for which we have been created.

Saturday, February 9 the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross hosted a workshop on The Managerial Challenges in the Governance of Pontifical Universities and Institutes: Reflections on the Example of the Marist Brothers. The event, inspired by the work of the Program of Church Management (PCM), was organized by the Conference of Rectors of the Roman Pontifical Universities and Institutes (CRUIPRO) in collaboration with PCM and the MCE Research Centre. Dozens of participants from the various Pontifical institutes attended, including rectors, general secretaries, bursars, and deans.

PCM’s second cohort started with the first Intensive Week (February 11-15) on the Ecclesiological Foundations of Church Management.

Rev. Prof. Luis Navarro, Rector of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, greeted the new class together with Rev. Prof. Martin Schlag, Director of the MCE Research Centre, Fr. Robert Gahl, Vice-Director of MCE, and Prof. Luca Mongelli, Dean of PCM.

The first cohort of PCM concluded with the last Intensive Week of classes (February 4-8). We had Rev. Prof. Francis Hoffman come and speak about Managing the Change of Ecclesiastic Organizations and his experience as CEO of Relevant Radio.

Prof. Harvey Seegers focused his class - Governance Design and Transparency in the Church - on excellence and transparency, mainly by focusing on how the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is interpreting these issues found in business into the American churches.

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