Trusteeship as Ministry

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Join the AFCU July 11-13, 2013 at St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY
The program cost of $400 includes program registration, housing and meals.
For information, call (716) 375-2143 or write
This workshop is designed to help Franciscan religious who serve as trustees on boards of colleges, hospitals, secondary schools and service agencies. It is increasingly important for religious to understand and embrace the importance of an appointment to boards that govern ecclesial ministries
founded by our congregations and provinces.


Board service, while voluntary, is a significant form of public responsibility for an institution’s welfare. The trustee must ensure fidelity to the mission and represent the sponsor. This service includes responsibility for increasingly complex areas of legal, financial and organizational compliance. It also includes the possibility of contributing to institutions that touch thousands of lives.

"Attending this workshop is a wonderful opportunity to enter into relationship with other religious board members, gain some insight into particular responsibilities, and recognize the importance of empowering lay men and women who share a passion for sponsored ministries." 
Sr. Joanne Schatzlein, OSF

To be called to such service is a privilege. It is also hard work and great responsibility. The workshop will address these issues and provide assistance to those holding such appointments.

Program Goals:

  • To provide Franciscan religious with a framework for understanding the importance of service on boards of trustees or directors
  • To provide an orientation to the responsibilities of serving as a trustee for sponsored works of one’s province/congregation
  • To survey skill sets that board membership and participation requires
  • To support Franciscans called to this form of responsibility for ministries in a North American context

sr. joanne_webSr. Joanne Schatzlein, OSF
Office of Corporate Ministries
Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi
oconnerfr john_webFr. John O'Connor, OFM
Provincial Minister
Holy Name Province, Franciscan Friars
St. Bonaventure, Siena College
sr. margaret_web1Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, Alvernia University
voh.1Vincent O. Hanley
Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel
Catholic Health System's Continuing Care Foundation
St. Vincent de Paul Society for Buffalo and Western New York
hilbertCynthia Zane
Hilbert College
Conference for Mercy Higher Education
Catholic Health System
annswanAnn Swan
Chair, Board of Trustees
Hilbert College
kush_suzanneSr. Suzanne Kush, CSSF
Franciscan Center for Social Concern
St. Bonaventure University
Trustee, Villa Maria College
Director, Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County