Archdiocesan Catholic Advancement Professional Development Day

November 5, 2009

General, Seminars, The Pilot

On November 5, 2009. for the first time in many years, Catholic fundraising professionals and board members from across the archdiocese gathered together to learn and discuss new approaches to working with the philanthropic community.  The Catholic Foundation hosted a workshop at the archdiocese’s Pastoral Center in Braintree that featured Paul G. Schervish, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, as a guest speaker.

Dr. Schervish has published extensively in the areas of philanthropy, the sociology of money, the sociology of wealth, labor markets, unemployment, biographical narrative, and sociology of religion.  He also serves regularly as a speaker and consultant on many issues related to philanthropy, wealth and charitable giving, and fundraising.  Dr. Schervish’s presentation was engaging, informative, and introduced to all in attendence new approaches to Catholic philanthropy.

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley visited us at the seminar to welcome Schervish and to greet all in attendance, commenting that fundraising professionals follow in the footsteps of St. Paul, the Church’s first significant fundraiser, who was always taking up collections among the Gentiles to benefit the needy Christian community in Jerusalem.  He thanked everyone in attendance for their work to raise the funds necessary to carry on the many ministries of the Church.

The event was a great success and I think that everyone involved would agree that it was a step in the right direction towards fostering friendships among development professionals across the various archdiocesan organizations.  To read The Pilot’s coverage of the event, please CLICK HERE.

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