OMAHA, Neb. — More than 2,000 Catholic leaders from schools, parishes, dioceses, seminaries, agencies and religious communities have graduated financial development programs offered over the years by the Omaha Development Institute.

The 2014 program, expected to draw leaders and development professionals from throughout the United States, will be held July 14-17.

The multiday program will focus on the ministry of development, "visioning for the future," endowments, major gifts, public relations/crisis management, strategic planning, lay leadership on development boards and councils, foundations and other topics.

Registration information is available at the website

The institute was established by the late Msgr. John A. Flynn, an Omaha archdiocesan priest who was the archdiocese's head of Catholic schools and later its development director. His motto was "Bringing Christ to people and people to Christ" and it remains the centerpiece of the work of the institute.

"Msgr. Flynn was a visionary who saw the need for a faith-filled plan to fund our Catholic Church and its mission. He viewed financial development as a ministry above and beyond just a need for funding," said Richard P. Garrigan, executive director of the institute.

The priest, who died in 1997, was one of the giants "in the field of ministry and finances," Garrigan said in a statement.

One of Msgr. Flynn's main focuses was saving U.S. Catholic schools from closure by adapting the concept of university and college style development to apply to fundraising for schools and parishes, with an emphasis on the ministry of giving.

"He leaves a tremendous legacy and we at the institute are honored and privileged to carry on his legacy," added Garrigan, who also is executive director of the Pastors National Development Congress and the National Catholic Planned Giving Seminar.