Date Added: May 2011
For 10 days this summer, leaders of Catholic organizations nationwide will gather at the University of Notre Dame for a program aimed at adding hard business skills to support their missions of service and faith. The leaders include those in Dr. David Suley's service area, which includes 88 of some of the poorest, geographically dispersed dioceses in places such as Alaska, Montana, Puerto Rico and New Mexico. Suley, the director of Catholic Home Missions Appeal for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), says the priests are pressed to adequately cover the area, and the laity has limited training in either theology or leadership. Tight budgets and few development opportunities add further strain.