FINANCE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF ASSETS IN A DIOCESE, BISHOP’S PERSPECTIVE
At the beginning of his public life Jesus called a group of disciples to follow him. Out of his disciples he chose 12 apostles. With them he walked around and announced the Good News to the people.
Among many important examples Jesus gave us was his approach to earthly goods. He was neither rich, nor poor: he had always enough to eat and to drink. He did not have a house, but he really never strived for a one, underlining that he had to go around and announce the Gospel. He renounced at many things he had a right to have or possess.
Among the apostles one of them was a treasurer. It was not Mathew, the tax collector (money expert), but Judas who betrayed him. We do not know whether he had any qualification for this job.
In my speech I would like to concentrate on the issues connected to financial management and administration of assets in a Diocese, based on my personal experience.
In every Diocese there should be a treasurer. What is better: a priest or a lay person for this job? How can help the financial council the work of a treasurer?
Which are the necessary criteria for the administration of goods of a Diocese?
We would like look at such dimensions of financial management as transparency, creativity in providing financial resources for the Diocese, ethical codex of the management, short- and long-term financial planning and sustainability in financial matters, self-reliance and solidarity.
Mons. Dr. Ladislav Nemet SVD was born in 1956 in Odžaci, a small town in Ex-Yugoslavia, now Republic of Serbia. After finishing his elementary and secondary education as well as military service in the Yugoslavian National Army, he joined the Society of the Divine Word and completed the religious formation till priestly ordination in Poland. His M.A. in dogmatic theology he obtained at the Catholic University of Lublin.
He continued his postgraduate studies in Rome (1985-1987), at the Pontifical Gregorian University, finishing it with a licentiate in dogmatic theology. Then he spent three years in the Philippines, working at the Catholic University of San Carlos in Cebu City.
In 1994 he successfully defended his doctoral thesis and for six years was teaching dogmatic theology in different countries.
From September 2000 till January 2004 he was a local collaborator of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to International Organizations in Vienna. In 2004 he was elected provincial of the Hungarian Province of the Divine Word Missionaries and in 2006 he was nominated secretary general of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Since 2008 he serves as a bishop of the Diocese of Zrenjanin, Serbia.
CORRUPTION RISK AND SUITABLE PRACTICES FOR A SUSTAINED FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN ECCLESIASTICAL STRUCTURES
Short description of the contents
Towards financial sustainability and autonomy of dioceses
This means that the diocese is able to continue to do its work. It has a vision and a financial and organizational infrastructure to support the achievement of its vision.
Financial sustainability is part of organizational sustainability. It has to do with the ongoing ability of the diocese to generate enough resources to work towards its vision.
What makes a diocese sustainable?
What makes a diocese financially sustainable?
What is financial autonomy?
What are prerequisites for a successful financing strategy?
What are basic elements of a successful financing strategy geared towards financial sustainability and autonomy of a diocese?
Willi Kawohl is an economist and sociologist with 31 years of experience in international development cooperation. He acquired leadership experience serving development organizations in Germany and Africa. As a management consultant and coach working in Asia, Africa and former Russian states, he amasses a fair amount of information and experience on how to strengthen partnerships in development cooperation between catholic churches and international funding agencies.
His professional focus as an economist lies in the areas of strategic planning processes, integrated financial management systems, internal control systems, financing strategies and anti-corruption policies.
He is an active member of an anti-corruption task force under the umbrella of Transparency International, Germany. This task force published a widely acknowledged und valued working paper, titled “Corruption in Development Cooperation – a problem that equally affects Church Organizations” and organized three conferences for church organizations on various aspects of the main topic “The courage to transparency” held in 2009, 2011 and 2015.
At present, he is facilitating comprehensive strategic planning processes in six eparchies of the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church.
PAX-BANK, eG. PRESENCE AND OPPORTUNITY
Pax-Bank is a Church-owned bank that was founded in 1917 by priests in Cologne, Germany. It offers its banking services exclusively to Church institutions such as dioceses, religious institutes, parishes, relief works agencies in Germany, Rome, Africa and Eastern Europe. What are the characteristics and strengths of Pax-Bank and its programs? What are the major issues in the field of financial management Pax-Bank and its clients are facing today? How to address these problems together and what solutions to offer?
Andreas Machnik was born in 1967 in Germany. After his school education he began a two year professional training at Commerzbank in Germany before he started to study Business Administration at universities in Germany and France. During his studies he occasionally worked as an intern for different banks in Germany, France and Belgium. After his studies he decided to continue his career in Pax-Bank. From 1995 till 2000 Mr. Machnik worked in former East-Germany and from 2000 till 2005 he built up a new office for Pax-Bank in Rome/Italy. Since 2005 he has been the Director for the Foreign Clients Branch in Cologne/Germany. Over this time many business trips led him to Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Holy Land. Since 2015 Mr. Machnik is a voluntary member of a financial committee of two African provinces of an international congregation of papal law. Andreas Machnik is married and has three children.
HOW ORGANIZE A DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND VARIETY OF FUNDRAISING TOOLS
During my lecture I will try to address questions and encourage participants to join discussion in following aspects:
Maria Olszewska is a graduate of city management at the Cracow University of Economics; she also studied art history at the Jagiellonian University. She gained professional experience both in the public sector, business and in cooperation with non-profit organizations. Since 2011, she has been conducting trainings, workshops, lectures and consultancy in the field of fundraising. She gained knowledge in this field by acquiring business partners and grants for one of the largest cultural institutions in Lesser Poland. At the same time she was in the group of the first people from Poland who obtained the European Fundraiser Certificate. As a trainer, she cooperated with with the Polish Fundraising Association, the Arrupe Center, the European Center for Communication and Culture in Warsaw, the City of Gdańsk, the STARTER Business Incubator, and the Oliwska Consulting Group. She lectured in fundraising and social entrepreneurship at the Maritime University of Gdynia and the Naval Academy in Gdynia. In 2011-2015 she organized a total of 16 Fundraiser Clubs in the Tri-City and Olsztyn.
Since 2014, she has offered workshops for business - in particular on establishing business relations. Maria trains in Polish, English and Italian. She collaborated with from Inhope / International Association of Internet Hotlines from the Netherlands, International Shang Shung Institute from Italy and regularly conducts classes under the Christian Educational Leadership Project and as part of Executive Education for Bishops and Ecclesiastical Superiors from the Countries of the Former Soviet Block (projects of the European Communication Center and Culture).
Maria has experience in conducting cultural and training events. Privately, she is a fan of climbing and acting (she performs in the Tri-City Re: Akcja Theater).