The workshop will be directed by faculty from Villanova University of Villanova, Pennsylvania, through its internationally recognized Center for Church Management and Business Ethics. The first of its kind in the nation, the center is dedicated to serving the church through education and research.
Participants, both newly ordained priests and those with some experience, will benefit from Villanova's unique program in church management. The university's highly qualified instructors are positioned to provide the very best in faith-based managerial education, enabling our parish priests to employ effective approaches to parish administration and decision making.
Presentation topics will include: Introduction to Effective Church Communications and Outreach, Stewardship and Development, Organizational Management, Information Technology, and Pastoral Strategic Planning.
While attending the workshop, the participants will enjoy lodging and meals at the seminary.
"As part of our expanded mission of the seminary, we are excited to have teamed up with Villanova University to offer our first continuing education workshop, the topic being Parish Management," commented Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean. "We plan to offer more workshops in the future on topics such as Preaching, Marriage Counseling, and other subjects. In 2014, we rolled out an Acculturation Program for priests from abroad which has proven effective for preparing these new priests for parish ministry," he added.