Mangaluru: MDP on Managing Institution for Clergy, Religious organised at SJEC

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Mangaluru, Aug 29: The Department of Business Administration of St Joseph Engineering College (SJEC), Mangaluru, organised a Management Development Programme (MDP) on Managing an Institution for Clergy and Religious on 29th and 30th August 2019. 

The growing complexity of the modern world necessitates the development of managerial skills of people who are specifically engaged in leadership roles in different walks of life such as spiritual, pastoral, educational and religious. Hence, there is a growing concern about the application of managerial skills in the field of pastoral ministry. The MDP was intended to provide a platform for priests to gain deeper insights into the area of their work. 

The MDP was inaugurated on August 29, 2019, in the humble presence of Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangaluru, who presided over the program and Fr Ravi Sagar SJ, Advocate, Supreme Court & Delhi High Court, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. 

Dr Rio D’Souza, principal of SJEC welcomed the gathering. 

Fr Ravi Sagar SJ, in his inaugural address, expressed the need for training the clergy and religious as there are legal complexities in managing institutions in the current scenario. He opined that although the management of an institution keeps changing, they should work within the orbit of the legal framework failing which it will be hard for it to survive.

The Bishop in his presidential remarks stated that any differences that arise in the society should be resolved harmoniously. He added that managing an institution in the present day requires a deep understanding of its structure, the law affecting it and the management of the properties it owns. He stressed on the fact that conflicts or misunderstandings between persons in an institution are very common, but it should be resolved internally. He congratulated St Joseph Engineering College for organising such a unique programme. 

Fr Wilfred P D’Souza, director of SJEC, wished the delegates fruitful learning during the MDP. Dr Prakash Pinto, dean of MBA, proposed the vote of thanks. 

Msgr Maxim L Noronha, Vicar General, Diocese of Mangaluru, Fr Rohith D’Costa and Fr Alwyn Richard D’Souza, assistant directors of SJEC, Dr Shakila B, convenor of MDP, Rakesh Lobo, HR manager at SJEC, were also present on the occasion. Dr Babitha Rohit compered the programme. 

Over 130 Clergy and Religious attended the MDP. Fr Ravi Sagar SJ, advocate, Supreme Court and Delhi High Court, was the resource person for the first day. Fr Konrad Noronha SJ, director, and Coordinator of the Pastoral Management Program at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, and Lionel Aranha, consulting practitioner in the Finance and Legal area, were the resource persons for the second day.


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Nashville

    Thu, Aug 29 2019

    Religious matters in all Faiths should be transparent & handled only by Management Professionals ...

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 29 2019

    The Mangalore diocese can think of creating a small library in every church keeping books the life journeyof great Christian who dedicated life for God. This may transform life and understand real Christianity. The religious head are now CEO of institution and not interested in relgious life.Their attitude to the community or relationship is not spiritual one. The communal things are not attack on people but attack on splendor perishable building s. You clergy better transform yourselves and involve in spiritual activities and renounce business and bring great glory to Jesus Christ

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  • Ivan Saldanha, Mangalore.

    Thu, Aug 29 2019

    Providing proper knowledge and upgrade of proper management of anything to people concerned is indeed a very good and needed affair. Now a days in the world it is evident that there is a lot of Business management training and study for clergy and religious. While the ordinary person gives much value and respect to these holy people in the clothing of religious, there is definite measured moving away from worship, personal prayer and spirituality. In fact men and women in the religious clothing project higher for material/luxury and business executive image than holy and humble humans set to serve GOD. This is confirmed in the increasing criminal cases that are booked all over the world against so called holy men/women; cases abound swindling money, property valuables, Cheating, Sex cases and murder..........and the whole range. Yet these august people demand respect and priority of the highest order without any reasoning. Why not give proper room and place to well deserving lay people to manage such institutions? Time all people take heed and care.

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