Catholic Business Network

At Cherry Hill’s Woodcrest Country Club on the morning of Nov. 8, Deacon Gerard Jablonowski spoke to CEOs and owners of mom-and-pop businesses about blending the Catholic faith in daily business practices.
“It is essential that if we are to call ourselves ‘Catholic’ and be real disciples of Christ, we can’t lead a divided life, where our faith practices do not converge with our business practices,” he said.
Deacon Jablonowski, from Church of the Holy Family in Sewell, is familiar with the mix of faith and business. Until last September, he served 10 years as CEO at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.
He spoke at the monthly breakfast for the Catholic Business Network of Southern New Jersey, a networking group that brings together businesses and individual professionals to share experiences, foster business ethics, and create networking opportunities, all while striving to apply the Catholic faith in the daily marketplace.
Almost 40 individuals heard Deacon Jablonowski’s words, which emphasized the reflection of Catholic values in business, and making sure business decisions are consistent with Catholic teaching, promote the common good, and allow the organization and external community to view the decision as part of their Catholic identity.
These Catholic values, he stated, “must be evident in how we deal with every player…customers, colleagues, community, and our competitors.”
Upcoming Friday morning breakfasts, and speakers, for the Catholic Business Network of Southern New Jersey, held from 7:30-9 a.m. at Woodcrest Country Club, are:
– Dec. 13, Deacon Leo McBlain;
– Jan. 10, Andy Cooney; and
– Feb. 14, Father Stephen Rapposelli.
For further information, contact Sheila McGirl, founding member, at sjcbn@comcast.net

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