Tim Busch, Founder of the Napa Institute writes,

“The Catholic business leader is called in a very unique way to collaborate in the work of Creation. Through practical wisdom and good business practice the business leader contributes to both the material and spiritual well-being of the community.”


Here are five ways he suggests businessmen should contribute and thus live out his or her vocation as a business person and a person of faith more fully:

  1. Judging each decision according to ethical social principles.
  2. Putting into practice the virtues and ethical social principles propounded by the Catholic faith in his work and business life.
  3. Contributing to the common good. We are told that “from those who have been entrusted with much, much more will be demanded.”
  4. Executing business well, providing goods and services that are needed, therefore, contributing to the overall wellbeing of our community.
  5. Enhancing the dignity of our employees, increasing their self-sufficiency, and developing virtues in those that work for us and with us.

“This is the vocation of the business leader, then: to use well what he has been entrusted with for the benefit of the common good, to be an effective collaborator in creation, and to live a life that integrates virtue with business practice for the benefit of society. None of this can be accomplished without first having a good understanding of human ecology.”

These issues and more will be discussed at the 2016 conference on Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America. Consider joining leaders in faith and business as they seek to understand and live out their vocations as Catholic business leaders.

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  1. All are sound principles for any business person, not only Catholics. However, there is a necessary sixth principle, without which none of the others can be implemented. Owners, workers and stockholders need to be fairly compensated or the business will fail All should feel to be rewarded for their investment, whether labor or cash. It is equal to the third principle shown, but not adequately recognized by a sometimes too liberal Church.


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