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on Church Management


September 2013

Standards for Excellence featured in America magazine
Leadership Roundtable trustee Tom Healey and staff member Michael Brough co-authored an article in the Jesuit magazine America about the impact the Leadership Roundtable's signature program, Catholic Standards for Excellence, is having in Catholic parishes, dioceses, and nonprofits. From the article:

Once the province of a handful of church outliers, the notion of operating by the kinds of "best practices" that define top businesses in the United States is gaining traction among a growing universe of dioceses, parishes and Catholic charities. More than 450 parishes in 58 dioceses, as well as 54 Catholic nonprofit organizations nationwide, are implementing a comprehensive tool called Catholic Standards for Excellence, which commits them to best practice policies and procedures in fiscal management, governance, human resources and fundraising.


Furthermore, an increasing number of Catholic colleges and universities are offering courses in church management. Catholic Standards for Excellence, for its part, has provided content for such courses at Fordham University, Villanova University, Loyola University in New Orleans, Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry, Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., Saint Mary's University in Minnesota and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. Catholic Standards for Excellence has also figured prominently in a training program called Toolbox for Pastoral Management, which has given scores of new pastors nationwide the skills and know-how they need to handle the complexities of church management in the 21st century.

Summer Toolbox trains 26 priests, book coming in Spring
The seventh Toolbox for Pastoral Management was held on July 7-12 at the San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, NJ. Twenty-six priests from twelve dioceses attended, and evaluations were once again scored very highly. A book featuring the core curriculum from the Toolbox will be published by Liturgical Press next Spring. You can pre-order the book here.
The next iteration of the Toolbox for Pastoral Management takes place January 5-10, 2014, in Jacksonville, Florida. If you or a Catholic priest you know would like to attend this weeklong executive-leadership training, please email Paul Holmes or call (973) 495-7817.

Upcoming events

The Regional Roundtable--Philadelphia takes place on September 30, 2013. If you are unable to join us in person, follow along online! We'll be live Tweeting the event. Follow the Leadership Roundtable, @leadershipround, and join in the conversation with #PhillyRoundtable. 


Carol Fowler, trustee emeritus of the Leadership Roundtable, presents at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Congress.
Once again, the Leadership Roundtable is sponsoring a special Leadership Track and Bishops Day at the Mid-Atlantic Congress, February 27-March 1, 2014, in Baltimore. The 2014 Mid-Atlantic Congress is hosted by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Association of Catholic Publishers.
The Leadership Roundtable will kick off its tenth anniversary celebration at our 2014 Annual Meeting, June 24-26, 2014, at Loyola University Chicago. Save the date, and look for more information this Fall. Resources, including videos, from the 2013 Annual Meeting are available online.

People in the News

BJ Cassin

Leadership Roundtable trustee BJ Cassin and Bebe Cassin will be honored by the National Catholic Education Association with their highest honor, the Seton Award. BJ is being honored for his commitment to Catholic schools, a passion that he brings to the Leadership Roundtable. Read more about the award here.


Katie Diller, who manages the Leadership Roundtable's young adult leadership program, ESTEEM, was interviewed by Religion News Service, where she talked about campus ministry, young adults in the Church, and what gives them hope.




Featured Resource

SFX Forum Be sure to sign up for the Catholic Standards for Excellence Online Forum for access to church management resources, exclusive blog posts, access to experts, and more. Among today's most discussed topic, The Role of the Parish Finance Council. Log on and join the conversation.

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