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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.

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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.

These courses are designed to be taken at your own pace; there are no deadlines to register or begin.

For additional information, contact Dr. Ximena DeBroeck, Program Director.

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

    Provides a basic orientation of the priest as the administrator. It provides competency in the cost of hiring, firing, salary and benefits, the value of job descriptions, performance reviews and ethical practices.

    Module price: $100

  • Parish Financials I & II

    Module I provides a basic orientation of key final concepts, such as the creation of a parish budget, fidelity to the mission of the parish and explains the importance of transparency and accountability. Module II provides methods to manage a budget and explores some best practices for financial accountability.

    Individual modules: $100 each

  • Parish Leadership

    Provides a basic orientation of the priest as a leader. It explores a background on the servant-leader model of leadership, styles of communication and competency of decision making.

    Module price: $100

  • Strategic Planning I & II

    Module I will help plan for assesment, develop a timeline, form and prepare a strategic planning team, collect and analyze data, set goals and draft the plan. Module II will help to identify stakeholders to solicit feedback, review, approve, monitor and disseminate the plan, as well as make revisions as needed.

    Individual modules: $100 each

  • Personal Finance

    Useful information for future clergy to be good stewards of their own personal finances such as checking and savings accounts, personal budget, investment and retirement plans, establishing and maintaining good credit, loans, etc.

    Module price: $100

  • Leadership and Planning Bundle

    Includes Pastoral Leadership and Strategic Plannings I & II.

    Bundle price: $250

  • Management and Operations Bundle

    Includes Human Resource Management and Parish Financials I & II.

    Bundle price: $250

  • Pastors and Stewards Complete Bundle

    All seven modules are included in this bundle: Parish Leadership, Parish Financials I & II, Human Resources, Strategic Plannings I & II and Personal Finance.

    Bundle price: $500