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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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. They focused their attention on a parish and diocesan context, by using examples of real balance sheets of some dioceses and parishes. Students were also given the skills to explain a balance sheet to the laity of the diocese, in a way that is both simple and thorough. Many financial management tools were analyzed, in order to avoid fraud and embezzlement. 

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.


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