Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

The Newly Appointed Pastor

Newly Appt Pastor

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

Date - September 15-19, 2014

Cost - $1,045

  • 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 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 per participant for "The Newly Appointed Pastor" workshop is considerably higher than the amount charged.

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. In this presentation, Sr. Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, discusses the basics of civil law as it impacts clergy and religious institutions.
Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking for One
More than a presentation, this dinner-preparation session with Chef Josh Lashlee is designed to help the workshop participant gain some strategies for preparing meals that are both good tasting and good for the priest. Taking care of ourselves is good stewardship of our bodies and allows us to serve well those entrusted to our care. Beyond having the knowledge and experience to prepare meals well, simply finding time to cook can be a big challenge.
Josh Lashlee
Canon Law: Finding in it a Tool for My Ministry
This presentation by Rev. R. Paul Beach, JCL, is designed to better acquaint workshop participants with the Code of Canon Law's vision of the pastor. It will focus on what the Code says about: 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; the various configurations of parish governance; and inter-ritual issues and sacraments, especially marriage.
Parish Risk Management 101
This presentation by risk management expert Sawyer Stern will explore areas and strategies regarding the reduction and management of risk and liability in a parish, as well as explain insurance: what it is, what it covers, what to look for and what to ask.
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Catholic Schools: The Pastor's Role
Attending to the pastoral needs of a parish is a full-time job, in and of itself. Adding a Catholic school into the mix adds new layers of questions and responsibilities. In this session, Msgr. Joseph Schaedel discusses the pastor's role in relation to the people, practices and procedures that comprise a parish school.
Msgr. Joe Schaedel
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. The presenter, Fr. Lincoln Dall, worked as a CPA for a number of years before entering seminary.
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Mon., Sept. 15  
2:00-4:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. Vespers
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Orientation and Opening Discussion
Tue., Sept. 16   
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
2:00-4:30 p.m. Program Session - Canon Law: Finding in it a Tool for Ministry (Cont.)
5:00 p.m. Vespers 
5:30 p.m. Dinner - St. John Vianney Center Teaching Kitchen: Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking for One
Wed., Sept. 17  
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. Vespers
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Thurs., Sept. 18  
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-11:15 a.m. Program Session - Parish Risk Management 101
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 - Catholic Schools: The Pastor's Role
5:00 p.m. Vespers
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Fri., Sept. 19
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 15 - Friday, September 19, 2014

Registration Deadline

Friday, August 29, 2014 (call after registration deadline for availability - (800) 357-8477)

Registration is limited to 18 participants. 


The Newly Appointed Pastor workshop is $1,045. 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. 

To Register

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 our 2013 Newly Appointed Pastor workshop participants

  • This workshop exceeded my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised by all aspects of the week from facility to preparation to hospitality to professionalism. It was very well done.
  • 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.
  • I found the presenter clear and able to give canonical advice on dozens of specific topics. Nice beginning point with overview and sheet.

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 Insurance and Managing Risk presentation

  • The material was very helpful and had a very constructive message. It was a powerful presentation.
  • Excellent, practical, and positive approach on managing risks. Nice overview and introduction on the issues at hand.
  • Great information for a new pastor to know. Very helpful and timely.

On Catholic Schools and the Pastor's Role presentation

  • The presenter was clear, comprehensive and left me inspired to network, promote our school, and gave insights for working with our school board.
  • Very helpful pastoral and practical advice regarding the collaboration between pastors and schools. Good to see a priest excited and inspired about schools.
  • Great presentation. I have a parish school and will use a lot of his suggestions.

On Parish Finances and Accounting presentation

  • Very practical and informative, well presented with information that I had no idea about prior to this session - excellent.
  • 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.