5 Tips for Diocesan Leaders in Times of Crisis

  1. Create a Diocesan COVID-19 Response Team
  • Form a team with senior leaders (which could include Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia, CFO, Communications Director, Human Resources Director, etc.) 
  • Develop a mechanism to identify critical needs and prioritize responses 
  • Create a swift, coordinated decision-making process for implementation 
  1. Support Priests and Other Pastoral Leaders 
  • Contact each pastor to provide pastoral care and inquire about financial, personnel, and community needs 
  • Prioritize the safety of Catholics by ensuring parishes are in compliance with diocesan and local government pandemic guidelines 
  1. Address Financial Management and Stewardship
  • Assess diocesan and parish financial realities and projections 
  • Equip the diocese and parishes for online giving 
  • Connect regularly with your major donors and communicate your needs 
  • Proactively contact suppliers and negotiate deferred payments that reflect your cash flow e. Identify government support options for your diocesan entities 
  1. Focus on Strategic Communications
  • Pull together your crisis communications team and implement your crisis communications plan 
  • Identify key audiences and the most effective mediums for communication
  • Convey a consistent message across different audiences and platforms
  1. Maximize Opportunities for Ministry 
  • Ensure parishes have the capacity for streaming Masses and other services 
  • Create an array of print or online resources for people to join in prayer 
  • Promote care for the most vulnerable through established ministries such as Catholic Charities 


Visit leadershiproundtable.org/covid for further resources or contact our program manager, Peter Denio, for customized support and solutions 201.739.2674 or peter@leadershiproundtable.org.

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