The archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis serves Catholics and the greater 12 county Twin Cities community. The following narrative explains the function of each department and the funding level for FY 2017. There also is a chart (at right) that illustrates the expenditures, as compared to other departments.
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Catholic Education • $1,231,886
The Office for the Mission of Catholic Education (OMCE) provides support for Catholic schools and parish faith formation programs in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis by focusing on Catholic identity, leadership development and assistance in implementing academic programs. A particular area of emphasis is providing programmatic oversight to promote innovation and excellence in local urban Catholic schools. The OMCE is focused on forming a new generation of Catholic students by teaming up with private partners like the AIM Higher Foundation, the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence and GHR Foundation.
Central Services • $5,089,918
The Department of Central Services provides support and services to the archdiocesan staff and the parishes. The department includes the offices of the chancellors of civil and canonical affairs, information technology services, the metropolitan tribunal, human resources and benefits, records and archives, the office of financial standards and parish accounting and facility and maintenance. Also covered in this category are assessments to the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Clergy Services • $4,114,615
The role of this office is to provide support and formation for priests and deacons in all aspects of ministry and pastoral care. Services provided by this office include the following:
Seminary Formation: There are currently 55 men in formation for the priesthood for service of our archdiocese. While the number changes throughout the discernment process, our archdiocese has one of the largest enrollments of seminarians of any diocese in the country. The archdiocese funds the medical and dental coverage of those seminarians as well as tuition, room and board of those attending the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Center for Clergy Formation: Institute of Ongoing Formation for Clergy and the Institute of Diaconate Formation comprise the Center for Clergy Formation. Each entity of the center provides an integrated approach to priestly and diaconate formation, including gatherings and support for newly ordained priests, programs to assist new pastors in their role, and ongoing formation opportunities for priests and deacons throughout the archdiocese.
Continuing Education: This includes continuing education opportunities, a sabbatical program, international enculturation and a biennial presbyteral assembly.
Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment: The mission of the Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment is to work with our community to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults through a number of initiatives including implementing abuse prevention programs, immediately reporting allegations of abuse to law enforcement and/or child/adult protection officials and cooperating fully with their investigations, and helping those affected by abuse in their healing journey.
Priest Support: This includes support for priests who are not in ministry due to personal health issues or a disciplinary leave of absence and those who have been permanently removed from ministry.
Chaplaincies: There are 36 priests and 28 deacons in full or part time ministry at hospitals and correctional facilities throughout the archdiocese who are supported by the archdiocese. There are many other priests and deacons throughout the archdiocese who provide pastoral care at healthcare, correctional facilities or schools, either as a ministry of their parish or through their outreach work. They offer the sacraments and spiritual support during some of the most difficult times in peoples’ lives. Last year, thousands of people throughout our community were served by chaplains.
Specialized Ministries: This includes the Office of Vocations, support for international clergy, and retired clergy, which includes the operation of the Leo C. Byrne Residence for retired priests.
Communications • $1,849,891
The Office of Communications helps convey the teachings of the Church and fosters communications between the archdiocese and the faithful, parish and school leaders and staff, and others in our community. It does this through The Catholic Spirit, multiple websites, social media, e-newsletters, printing services and other communications. The office also conducts media consultation and training for clergy, parishes and other representatives of the archdiocese, and works with secular TV and radio stations, as well as print and online publications.
Community Services • $42,569
The archdiocese helps men, women and children most in need within our local community, including the poor, hungry, and homeless, primarily through cash support to Catholic Charities.
Evangelization • $225,157
The Office of Evangelization (OE) creates opportunities for people to encounter Jesus Christ and to make the truth of Christ and his Church clearly understood and accessible. Evangelization efforts are created and experienced in cooperation with parishes and Catholic schools and the many ministry groups throughout this local Church. Some of OE’s initiatives include WINE: Women in the New Evangelization and Catholic Watchmen.
Marriage, Family and Life • $957,191
This Office of Marriage, Family and Life assists the laity and parishes through programs supporting marriage preparation, family education programming, respect life, pro-life groups, biomedical ethics and outreach for people with disabilities.
The office also sponsors the annual archdiocesan Youth Day that brings together hundreds of local high school aged teens to praise God, grow in the faith and find fellowship. In addition, this office helps coordinate local representatives attending World Youth Day, the March for Life and other youth events.
Parish Services and Outreach • $1,580,189
The Office of Parish Services provides consultation, planning and leadership development opportunities to parishes throughout the archdiocese.
The archdiocese supports outreach ministry to various groups and members of the archdiocesan community, including Indian ministry, the Commission on Black Catholics, the Venezuelan mission, the archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, deaf ministry, and other groups and coalitions.
Latino Ministries • $379,884
There are more than 23 Latino ministry parishes throughout the archdiocese which receive support from the Office of Latino Ministry. These Latino ministry parishes offer the sacraments, catechesis, and spiritual support to tens of thousands of Spanish-speaking people throughout the local Church. The Office of Latino Ministry also oversees special days of celebration of the faith and family throughout the year. In addition, biblical, catechetical, and pastoral leadership formation institutes are provided for members of the Latino community to assist them in growing in the faith.
General and Administrative • $2,490,280
The offices of the archbishop, retired archbishops, bishops, vicar general, accounting, finance and general administration are included in the General and Administrative category. Over half of this category of expense supports salaries and benefits of staff. Also included are expenses incurred for non-bankruptcy related legal fees and bad debt expense.
Stewardship and Development • $501,406
This office works with parishes and Catholic schools to help grow a culture of stewardship in local communities and to support parish and school development efforts. The office also engages in outreach to benefactors who wish to support specific ministries or programs of the Chancery Corporation.