Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

The Newly Appointed Pastor

Fr Bernie Etienne teaching

This five-day workshop, conducted on the Saint Meinrad campus, addresses universal administrative issues facing first-time pastors: canonical, legal and personnel issues; parish administration; finances and budgeting.

Dates - September 26-30, 2016

Cost - $600

  • Included: Overnight accommodations, meals from Monday supper through Friday lunch, program curriculum and printed materials.
  • Not included: any purchases at Jack's Coffee Shop, the UnStable, Scholar Shop or Gift Shop.

The Newly Appointed Pastor Workshop is sold out for 2016. Please refer to the "Registration" tab of this page for information on being added to our waiting list.

The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates is able to offer workshops and programs at a lower cost due to the generosity of many benefactors. The actual cost for "The Newly Appointed Pastor" workshop is considerably higher than the amount charged.

Canon Law: Finding in it a Tool for My Ministry
This presentation is designed to better acquaint workshop participants with the Code of Canon Law's norms regarding the office of pastor, specifically: the notion of pastor as a holder of an ecclesiastical office; the relationship of parish to diocese; the pastor and the administration of parish finances and property; the pastor in relationship to parish councils and finance councils; various configurations of parish governance; and inter-ritual issues and sacraments, especially marriage.
Msgr. Fred Easton
Law and the Catholic Church: What Most Pastors Want to Know But May be Too Afraid to Ask
Most parish administrators have some working knowledge of Church law, but may find themselves lacking when confronting issues of civil law. This session addresses the basics of civil law as it impacts clergy and religious institutions.
Sr. Mary Angela Shaunghnessy, SCN
Pastoral Leadership: Sharing Ministry with Staff & Volunteers
The Catholic parish's ability to carry out its mission is increasingly dependent upon the work and know-how of permanent deacons, lay ecclesial ministers and parish volunteers. The pastor's ability to oversee his parish personnel, as well as recruit, inspire and increase the number of lay volunteers, will help him better accomplish the parish's mission. 
Fr. Tom Boland
Ten Tips to a Great Plate 
As a pastor, the time you devote to eating right and exercising often gets placed on the back burner when confronted with the unplanned demands of ministry. A registered dietician and certified diabetic educator guides participants through easy steps for making healthier lifestyle choices.  
Melanie Buschkoetter
Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking for One
In this session, chef Josh Lashlee gives workshop participants strategies and recipes for preparing healthy and delicious meals. Healthy eating is integral to healthy human formation, allowing the priest to better serve those entrusted to his care. 
Josh Lashlee
Beyond Bean Counting: Finance and Accounting for Pastors
Pastors need to be financially literate to be effective stewards. They need to understand the use of internal control systems in a religious setting, because a lack of proper controls, both financial and operational, can cause loss of valuable assets and harm the reputation and credibility of the Church itself.
Dall, Fr. Lincoln


Mon., Sept. 26  
2:00-4:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. Social and evening prayer
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Orientation and opening discussion
Tue., Sept. 27   
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-11:15 a.m. Program Session - Canon Law: Finding in it a Tool for Ministry
11:30 a.m. Mass
Noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Tour of Saint Meinrad (optional)
2:00-4:30 p.m. Program Session - Canon Law: Finding in it a Tool for Ministry (Cont.)
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer 
5:30 p.m. Dinner 
Wed., Sept. 28  
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-11:15 a.m. Program Session - Civil Law and the Catholic Church
11:30 a.m. Mass
Noon Lunch 
1:30-4:00 p.m. Program Session - Civil Law and the Catholic Church (Cont.)
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Thurs., Sept. 29  
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-11:15 a.m. Program Session - Making the Most of Shared Ministry with Parish Staff & Volunteers
11:30 a.m. Mass
Noon Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation available
2:00-4:30 p.m. Program Session - Ten Tips to a Great Plate
5:00 p.m. Vespers
5:30 p.m. Dinner- St. John Vianney Center Teaching Kitchen: Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking for One
Fri., Sept. 30
7:30 a.m. Mass
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-11:30 a.m. Program Session - Beyond Bean Counting: Finance and Accounting for Pastors
11:30 a.m. Wrap-up
Noon Lunch

Monday, September 26 - Friday, September 30, 2016


The Newly Appointed Pastor workshop is $600. Included:

  • Four nights' accommodations in St. Bede Hall
  • All meals from Monday supper through Friday lunch
  • All program fees and material costs

Additional overnight accommodations and meals, subject to availability, are in addition to the workshop fee. Call by registration deadline for availability and pricing of additional night(s) accommodations and meals. 

Registration Deadline

The Newly Appointed Pastor workshop sold out in late July. Please call or email Administrative Coordinator Lea Ann Olinger if you wish to be placed on a waiting list. (800) 357-8477.

To Register
  • Call (800) 357-8477, or
  • Email, or
  • Complete the online registration form, or
  • Download, print, complete and return the printable registration form to:

Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
200 Hill Drive
St. Meinrad, IN 47577

Fax: (812) 357-6283 

General comments from previous workshop participants

  • I got insights from the different presenters in regards to pastoral ministry in the parish.  I am now aware of things that can be done effectively in the parish and in the life of a priest. This workshop has given me a new perspective and a new motivation to work on different aspects of parish ministry. Now I can go back to the parish with this question: what would I do differently?
  • Very necessary, informative and educational - especially for international priests.
  • It was a great workshop. I will recommend it to other newly appointed pastors.

On Canon Law presentation

  • His presentation was excellent. The pastoral approach was great.
  • A great combination of practical and theoretical, with many excellent examples. The presenter entertained all questions and comments.
  • This session was very helpful for me. It was very timely given some of the issues that I am currently dealing with in my parish.

On Civil Law presentation

  • She is without a doubt an expert in her field. She gave relevant information and real-world examples. Her frank and witty style made the presentation engaging and was balanced well with her sensitivity and faithfulness to priests and to the church.
  • Personal experience and the sharing was very useful and easy to follow and remember.
  • I realized how little I really know about civil law and requirements and safeguards for parishes. I learned quite a lot.

On Ten Tips to a Great Plate presentation

  • Good concrete advice, not from a health extremist, but somebody who demonstrated genuine concern for helping us integrate some new habits into our chaotic lives.
  • Helpful and playful with the material. Fun and informational.
  • The key concept I learned was controlling portion sizes. I'll work on that!

On Parish Finances and Accounting presentation

  • I left this session with a realization of how much homework I have to do! I now know the questions to ask my diocese. This session was very timely as our parish begins its annual budget process.
  • Gave examples from parish experience that we could immediately relate to. Very basic, making no presumptions that we already knew certain concepts - which was good! Very thorough, covering many areas of the topic. Gave helpful definitions, tips and guides.
  • Helpful overview that left me with categories to investigate in internal control, promoting stewardship and effectively using our finance council.