Parish Finances

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Peter and I just got back from a four-day conference at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore (where Juan Aguerre will be studying in a few weeks) looking at Parish Finances.  I don't come from a financial background, but I found this conference to be at a great level for me.  Most priests need to be a "jack-of-all-trades," and this class was structured to give seminarians and new priests a "Parish Finances 101" experience.  We had some great speakers and I felt pretty comfortable with the material.  I took lots of notes, so that in a few years when I need to know this information, I can return to my "One Note" notebook and remind myself of all I have learned!

After the conference, I got to "bum around" the Washington DC area for a few days.  Before entering the seminary, I lived in the Metro DC area for 8 years, so it was a great opportunity to catch up with my old friends from the area.  A nice little mini-vacation for me!  However, after six weeks in Guatemala, a couple of weeks at home, this conference, hanging out in DC, and back home now, I am ready to go back to the seminary!  Not that I *really* want to begin classes, but I am ready for a little more "regularity" in my schedule, I think!  So I'm raring and ready to go!

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