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Christian Brothers Services Acquires Catholic School Managment

Romeoville, Ill. and Madison, Conn., October 30, 2014 – Christian Brothers Services (CBS) is pleased to announce its acquisition of Catholic School Management (CSM) as of today, October 30, 2014.

CSM provides consulting services in many areas of Catholic school life and operation such as enrollment, development, strategic planning, governance, administration and administrative search. CSM will now function as a new division at CBS; however, their mission, vision and quality of service will remain the same.  The staff of CSM includes more than 30 highly-trained and experienced Catholic school professionals.

This acquisition enables CBS to be a premier provider of consulting services to faith-based organizations.

“Over the years we’ve had offers to purchase CSM, mostly from for-profit companies which didn’t understand our culture or mission,” explains Richard Burke, CEO, Catholic School Management. “From the first meeting with Christian Brothers Services, they sought to understand the CSM culture and mission.  They were interested in continuing our work while providing additional resources in both technology and marketing while helping to expand CSM.  I am excited by the prospect that CSM will not only continue to provide highly-professional services, but will thrive and grow in this new relationship.”

“It was the realization that there was such congruency between the respective missions of these two organizations that has caused me to be so excited about the future for CSM and its clients,” states Maria Ribera, president, Catholic School Management. “As a leader at CSM, I know our ability to provide high-quality, professional and personalized services will only be enhanced by this relationship as we leverage the capabilities and infrastructure that will come from joining with CBS.  Over the past 40 years, the growth of CSM’s capacity has been remarkable.  The advantages that will come from joining with CBS will position CSM for another 40 years of remarkable success.”

“This acquisition marks an exciting time for CBS,” comments Brother Michael Quirk, FSC, Ed.D., CEO/President of Christian Brothers Services. “It combines two organizations dedicated to continuing the strategy of delivering quality plans, programs and services with the exceptional customer care for which both organizations have come to be known. It is an honor to continue to serve faith-based organizations with expanded and enhanced offerings, resources and services.”

Clients of CSM will now have direct access to the full array of services, plans and programs CBS offers, including health benefits, retirement programs, property/casualty coverages and information/technology services.  CBS members will have access to the wide array of consulting services CSM provides.



About Christian Brothers Services (cbservices.org)
Christian Brothers Services is a nonprofit organization that administers cooperative programs in health/retirement, property/casualty and consulting/technology to church organizations. Founded in 1960, the company has grown to administer and serve 9 Trusts, which provide a variety of programs to congregations, organizations and dioceses both in the United States and Canada.

About Catholic School Management (catholicschoolmgmt.com)
Catholic School Management was founded in 1973 by partners Richard J. Burke and Rev. Frank Bredeweg, CSB. Originally known as NCEA Financial Consulting Services, the firm focused exclusively on finance and development consulting services for Catholic school and diocesan administrators.  In 1979, demand for a broader scope of services resulted in the creation of Catholic School Management. CSM provides comprehensive consulting services in all areas of Catholic school life and operation. Today, CSM staff includes more than 30 highly trained and experienced professionals. CSM consultants have extensive depth and breadth of experience in specialized areas of Catholic school operation. CSM has provided service around the world to Catholic schools ranging in size from 100 to 2,000 students. Further, CSM has partnered with diocesan school systems with fewer than 10 schools to larger systems with well over 200 schools. Catholic School Management has become the national leader in consultative guidance for Catholic Schools. Through consulting services, professional development and publications, Catholic School Management has helped the vitality, quality and long term viability of more than 3,000 Catholic schools.