College to train parishioners in church management –

HARTFORD, Conn.–With the number
of ordained priests declining nationwide, a Connecticut college is
launching a master’s degree program to train lay persons to become
parish administrators.

Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell recently received the state
Board of Governors for Higher Education’s unanimous approval to offer
the degree, a master of arts in pastoral studies.

It will be the first of its kind in Connecticut, where about 1.3 million of the state’s 3.5 million residents are Catholic.

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