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Archdiocesan affiliates gather to discuss operational best practices


Paul Kiley from McGladrey LLC addresses the archdiocesan affiliates on organizational effectiveness and financial controls at a workshop held at the Pastoral Center Nov. 2. Pilot photo/George Martell

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BRAINTREE -- More than 25 leaders of archdiocesan affiliates gathered at the Pastoral Center on Nov. 2 to create connections, learn about archdiocesan resources, discuss common challenges, and review operational best practices that increase organizational sustainability.

In attendance were representatives from archdiocesan schools, including Cristo Rey Boston, Trinity Catholic Academy, Pope John Paul II Academy and Marian High School, and from Church ministries such as the Planning Office of Urban Affairs, Regina Cleri Residence, iCatholic Media, Pontifical Mission Societies, St. Ann's Home, Life Resources and the Massachusetts Catholic Insurance Group.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley began the session with Mass in Bethany Chapel commemorating the Feast of All Souls Day. "We are here to learn best practices at being effective stewards of our temporal goods," he stated in his homily. "Effective stewardship today involves strong boards, transparency, and a good system of internal controls."

He concluded his homily by asking attendees to consider their important roles in working for Church agencies. "As we commemorate on this First Friday all the souls of the faithful departed, we remember all of the good stewards who have gone before us making our archdiocese a more effective beacon of hope to so many that we serve. May you and your organizations continue to provide faithful service to all the people in the archdiocese of Boston for many years to come."

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