The St. Joseph Business Guild supports Catholic families by connecting Catholic business owners to workers and customers in the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and provides its members with opportunities for professional and spiritual growth.
Work should respect the worker since each person is made in the image of God: Work is for man, not man for work.
Everyone should be able to draw from work the means of providing for his life and that of his family, and of serving the human community.
Those responsible for business enterprises are responsible to society for the economic and ecological effects of their operations. They have an obligation to consider the good of persons, not only the increase of profits.
The goods and services produced from work should be truly good for others and truly serve others.
Profits, fairly gained, are a great good; they make investment possible, safeguard the future of a business, and strengthen the security of employment.
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It started with a few of us talking about today’s economic uncertainties and the need for Catholic businesses to support one another. “Wouldn’t it be great," we thought, "If we could keep money spent by Catholics 'in the family' by directing business from Catholics in the pews to Catholic businesses?” A couple months went by and in our conversations with family, friends, and fellow parishioners the topic always seemed to turn towards families struggling financially. Whether it was an inability to live on one income, trouble saving for a down payment, worrying about affording another child, or a mountain of student loans, it became clear that our Catholic families needed help.
So we decided to form the St. Joseph Business Guild to do just that: help Catholic families flourish financially in these uncertain times. How? By helping Catholic businessmen and women network, get a better job, find customers and clients, get advice, and find mentors.
We're all in this together. Now is the time to band together to help others help themselves.
Dr. Michael Naughton, Director, Center for Catholic Studies
Anne Cullen Miller, President, Catholic Community Foundation
Richard Aleman, Former Executive Director, American Chesterton Society
Bob Harvey, Owner, Edelweiss Design
Fr. Spencer Howe
Fr. Byron Hagan
What is a guild?
A guild is an association of workers for collaborative aid and self-help inspired by spiritual values.
What does a normal meeting look like?
The Guild holds quarterly meetings for all members, which have previously included Mass, Adoration & Benediction, networking time, dinner, lectures, and member spotlights.
Do I have to pay to be a member of the Guild?
Dues vary depending on one's member type. The annual dues schedule is as follows:
What benefits does membership provide me?
- Access to our Guild Member Directory
Business owners will find qualified employees to grow their companies to a new level.
Job seekers will be provided the contacts to find career changing jobs.
Entrepreneurs will be informed of business opportunities based on the needs of our Catholic community.
Mentors will give practical advice to new and existing businesses owners.
Our business directory provides businesses with a customer base without the cost of advertising.
Who are members of the Guild?
Our members are Catholic men and women who are working hard to provide for their families. They are young and old, novices and experts, students and retirees, employees and employers of all occupations.
Why was the Guild started?
The Guild was started to support families. We want to direct our business and best jobs to faithful Catholics who support our parishes and schools. The Guild crosses boundaries of parish, age, and occupation and provides the platform, tools, and networking opportunities to assist a community of Catholics help each other.
What are the expectations of a Guild member?
Guild members are expected to follow the precepts of the Catholic Church and to practice relational networking – giving without the expectation of receiving in return.