Book Published by VSB Faculty Wins Second Place in 2017 Catholic Press Association Awards

Villanova, Pa., July 18, 2017 – Mike Castrilli and Charles Zech, PhD, of VSB’s Center of Church Management (CCM) won second place in the 2017 Catholic Press Association Awards for their book Parish Finance: Best Practices in Church Management. The book won in the “professional books” category of the competition, which features books on professional development with a Catholic context. These awards recognize the meaningful contributions of authors and publishers of Catholic work.

“It is a true honor to be recognized by the Catholic Press Association,” said Castrilli, co-author of the book and Business Fellow of the CCM. “Our goal for this book is to offer a practical, user-friendly guide for priests, seminarians and parish managers to learn the essentials of church finance and we are excited to be recognized for delivering on this promise,” he continued.

The book was praised by the Catholic Press Association for being extremely well outlined and providing a helpful overview on how to develop, understand and implement a church budget. It was noted as being a valuable tool to those both familiar and unfamiliar with the development of parish financial budgets, according to the Catholic Press Association.

"The recognition given to this book by the Catholic Press Association provides further acknowledgment of the increasing awareness of good financial stewardship in parishes, and in fact at all levels of the church,” said Dr. Zech, co-author of the book. “We purposefully wrote it at a level of understanding for new pastors and seminarians which demonstrates that a priest need not be a trained accountant to understand parish finances in the process of carrying out his governance function.”

“The collaboration of Mike Castrilli and Dr. Zech will provide unprecedented guidance in the field of parish financing and VSB is thrilled that their work has been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

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