Religious Sisters trained in project management
JERUSALEM– The Diocese of Stockholm in Sweden has financed a week of training in projects management for the Union of Women Religious in Jerusalem. About twenty Sisters benefited from a series of lectures and workshops on project management and its inner workings, a world that was for many of the participants, unknown and sometimes vague.
About twenty religious Sisters from different communities in Jerusalem, attended the unfamiliar conferences for one week at the retreat center of the Comboni Sisters in Jerusalem.
This time, there was no theology, no metaphysics, no Bible course or liturgy – but a formation in projects management. Lectures were given by Mr. Charles Camara from the Projects Office of the Diocese of Stockholm, who efficiently presented to the Sisters the world of management. They are new to this field, yet they openly explored and recognized the importance of accounting, audit, budget evaluation, operating costs, management of tenders and other finance-related topics.
At the end of the week-long training, Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, handed out the certificates of completion on Friday, June 5. The Sisters expressed their satisfaction for this course, and shared their many discoveries. The Bishop encouraged them to go forward, saying how much the Church is called to be more transparent in the management of projects and finances in general, following the example of Pope Francis with the Vatican Bank or the Institute for the Oeuvres de Religions (IOR). “We must be good examples of transparency and ethics” added the Bishop.
Bishop Shomali also expressed his wish to welcome other similar initiatives in the future and to have more participants from the religious communities in the area.