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March 12, 2015

Restructuring N.Y. Archdiocese to Train Lay Church Managers

As it undergoes a major reorganization, the Archdiocese of New York is launching an online education program to train laypeople in church administration, The Wall Street Journal writes. Collaborating with Villanova University's Center for Church Management and Business Ethics, the archdiocese hopes to enroll 50 people in the two-year master's program and will subsidize tuition, along with individual parishes hoping to hire newly trained managers.

The center's curriculum covers financial reporting, fundraising, human resources, and other fiscal and administrative matters. The New York archdiocese is closing or consolidating dozens of parishes and hopes to hand over more of the day-to-day running of church functions to lay managers so clergy can focus on pastoral work as they tend to larger congregations.