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Pastors and Stewards Program

Management Skills Development

Catholic parishes include many aspects of small businesses that require the exercise of a number of management competencies including human resource management, financial planning, and team leadership. The individuals responsible for these activities may vary from parish to parish depending on its size and the availability of people with appropriate skills. Mount St. Mary’s Seminary has been developing these skills in its seminarians for several years as part of its Pastors and Stewards priestly formation program. During this time the Seminary has surveyed vocation directors and parish priests across the nation to ensure course materials are comprehensive while remaining practical. As part of its service to the broader Catholic Community, the Seminary now making these educational materials available on-line for use by parish priests or lay people.


Through this program, Mount St. Mary’s is able to remediate the financial and administrative challenges that parish priests often face, ensuring they are well-prepared for the vocation to which God has called them.

Monsignor Andrew R. Baker Mount St. Mary's Seminary Rector

Computer Aided Learning Modules (CAMs)

The Seminary offers computer-aided learning modules (CAMs) designed to enhance learning in financial literacy, human resources and pastoral administration. Course content is specifically geared to what priests and lay parish professionals will face in a Catholic setting. Participants learn how to interpret financial document terminology, create a budget, hire an employee, let someone go in a charitable way, and manage a staff.

At this time, Modules are not available for purchase and ask that you please check back in September. Thank you – we appreciate your patience.

  • Human Resource Management

    Developing an understanding of human resources will prepare you to be a better administrative leader of your parish community and guide you through difficult situations a pastor may encounter when managing employees and volunteers.

  • Parish Financials I & II

    As a pastor, you are charged with overseeing financial resources that your church needs and uses. It is your responsibility to ensure that funds are spent wisely.

  • Management and Operations Budget

    A three-module bundle, which includes Human Resource Management and Parish Financials I & II.

  • Pastoral Leadership

    Exemplary pastoral leaders promote an inclusive organizational climate that enables themselves and their followers to learn and grow. In doing so, they create cultural and material conditions under which people flourish.

  • Strategic Planning I & II

    The mission of the parish, learning from previous goals enacted, and the desire for change, all contribute to the need for a strategic approach to planning. These modules help a parish leader, especially a pastor, establish a plan with other parish leaders (clergy, laity, parish council, finance committee, et al.). The focus is on Governance, Finance, Technology, Building & Property, Marketing, and Servant Leadership.

  • Leadership and Planning Bundle

    A three-module bundle which includes Pastoral Leadership and access to Strategic Planning I & II (when released).

  • Virtuous use of Technology

    This module is still in production, but will be coming soon.

  • Pastors and Stewards Bundle

    Six of the seven modules Human Resource Management, Parish Financials I & II, Pastoral Leadership, and Strategic Planning I & II are available online now and the bundle will include immediate access to Virtuous use of Technology when it is released.