Saturday, June 27, 2009

Catholic Business Principles in Action

Our parish just published a new directory that includes parishioner-owned businesses. I am studying it to familiarize myself with the services/products available.

I am hoping that our parish businessmen will be joining St. Joseph's Businessmen's Association SJBMA. I read recently that SJBMA, located in St. Mary's, KS, has just opened its membership to men who attend any SSPX chapel. I don't know if other traditional Catholic orders like the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) or the Institute of Christ the King already support such groups. If they don't, the SJBMA would be a great model for beginning.

Below is an overview of the SJBMA objectives from its website. I especially appreciate number 5. After several visits to St. Mary's, KS, I saw what a huge difference it makes to be able to live in a thriving traditional Catholic community.

St. Joseph Businessmen's Association (SJBMA) Overview

The goal of St. Joseph's Businessmen’s Association is to promote the economic development amongst Traditional Catholics by putting Catholic social economic principles into practice. To further this overall goal, there are several specific objectives that the SJBMA is focusing on:

1. Providing training to business owners and non-business owners alike concerning the traditional teachings of the Church regarding the rights and responsibilities of Catholic business owners.

2. Providing sound business advice and training to non-businessmen and the youth of the parish through educational apprenticeships, financial counseling, sharing of entrepreneurial experiences, etc.

3. Promoting business opportunities for Traditional Catholics in and around St. Mary’s through networking, encouraging new business development, etc.

4. Promoting the concept of noblesse oblige as it pertains to the Catholic businessman.

5. Encouraging business owners to be an important part of their parish at large, participating in the development of their Catholic community as a place to live, do business, and raise a family.

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