Charles Zech, PhD, Receives Lumen Gentium Award from the Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development

VILLANOVA, PA, May 27, 2010—Professor Charles Zech, PhD, an internationally recognized expert in church management and director of the Villanova School of Business Center for the Study of Church Management, has been awarded the 2010 Lumen Gentium Award by the Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development (CPPCD). The award was presented at the 37th annual CPPCD convention in Rensselaerville, New York on April 27. This lifetime achievement award is presented yearly in recognition of distinguished pastoral leadership and influence on people and Church programs, while also raising awareness of the principles of the Second Vatican Council document Lumen Gentium.

The 2010 Lumen Gentium Award recognizes Professor Zech’s leadership initiative and creativity in establishing VSB’s Center for the Study of Church Management and the business school’s one-of-a-kind Master of Science in Church Management degree, a graduate business program designed specifically for church managers. The award also highlights the ten books Zech has authored on best business practices for church settings.

CPPCD Chair Robert Choiniere says, “Professor Zech exemplifies the mission of CPPCD with creative initiatives that serve the people of God and support the vision of the Second Vatican Council. He is a true visionary whose academic research and church management education serve as important training for Catholic leaders across the country.”

This is the second lifetime achievement award Professor Zech has received in three years. In 2008, the International Catholic Stewardship Council awarded him the Christian Stewardship Award in recognition of his outstanding service on behalf of stewardship. As a Lumen Gentium Award winner, Zech joins other distinguished recipients including the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Research and Planning and Dr. Robert Miller of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development promotes and advocates consultative processes that foster effective planning for the pastoral life of the Church. For more information about CPPCD click here.

Founded in 1922, The Villanova School of Business is ranked #20 in the nation among undergraduate business schools. The school is home to the Center for Study of Church Management led by Professor Charles Zech, thought-leader in Church management and founder of VSB’s Master of Science in Church Management.

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