Q&A: Archdiocese’s new Director of Parish Finance brings wealth of experience to help parishes and Catholic schools excel

We sat down with Michele Buice, the new Director of Parish Finance for the Archdiocese of Denver, to talk about her previous work experience as Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche and her hopes for her new role, as she directs her gifts and talents to the advancement the mission of the Church.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

MB: I’m a wife and a mother of two children: Cooper, 5, and Aedan, 2. I’m originally from Pennsylvania but was raised in Colorado. I grew up in a very strong Catholic family: my grandfather, Bud Boselli, was a deacon who served in St. Martin de Porres in Boulder and St. Rita’s in Nederland; I also have an uncle, Don Boselli, who works for a Catholic Parish in the archdiocese, and another uncle, Steve Boselli, who’s currently in the Diaconate program in the Archdiocese of Denver. 

I attended Catholic school growing up: Nativity of Our Lord in Broomfield, Holy Family High School and then Regis University. After graduation, I began my career at Deloitte & Touche and was there for just over 14 years. 

What experience do you bring to your new role as Director of Parish Finance? 

MB: I was a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche and I served both public and private companies. I did PCAOB audits and worked on debt and equity offerings as well as other transactional type work. While I was there, I also helped lead and implement a new audit software, did coaching and recruiting, led groups of up to 20 people and worked closely with our tax and IT departments. I’m still appreciative of the opportunity and the experience I got there. And while there were certain opportunities for growth, I decided to join the Archdiocese of Denver instead. 

What led you to want to work for the Church and how would you describe the experience of being able to contribute in this way to the mission of the Archdiocese of Denver? 

MB: I’m very grateful and blessed that I’m able to refocus my mission in life and be able to serve the Church and Christ, so I’m really looking forward to this opportunity as Director of Parish Finance. It has been a process of prayer and discernment about where my calling is in life with regards to my work. I could have stayed at Deloitte & Touche and excelled there, but I was looking for a better way of serving God. I’m also very grateful for the support I’ve received from my husband, Frank, and all my family. 

What are you looking forward to the most in your new role? 

MB: As Director of Parish Finance, I’m looking forward to helping our parishes and schools excel and focus on their mission and growth as well as working closely with the business managers and being a great support system for them.  

On a personal note, this new role also provides me with the opportunity to go back to my roots and help my children understand better the importance of God, service, and our Catholic faith, to give them what I had when I grew up, so I’m very grateful and blessed.  

Welcome to the team Michelle! 

COMING UP: Colorado bishops issue letter on the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life Congressional policies

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We, the Catholic bishops of Colorado, urge Congressional Representatives to support the Hyde Amendment and the Walden Amendment. We also ask the Faithful to sign The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) petition to lawmakers encouraging them to preserve the Hyde Amendment, which can be accessed at: NoTaxpayerAbortion.com, and to contact their Congressmen and women to support the Hyde and Walden amendments.

The House Appropriations Labor and Health and Human Services subcommittee recently passed a spending bill that strips protections for pre-born children, healthcare providers,and American taxpayers by excluding pro-life provisions, including the Hyde and Weldon amendments.

The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion in most cases, except for rape and incest, has received bipartisan support since its inception in 1976 – including by pro-abortion administrations. Hyde is critical in saving lives. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that approximately 60,000 pre-born babies are saved every year because of the Hyde Amendment.[1] This is the first time in 40 years that the Hyde Amendment was not included in the annual appropriations bill[2] and failure to include pro-life amendments will only further increase divisions in our country.

The Weldon Amendment prevents any federal programs, agencies, and state and local governments from discriminating against health care practitioners and institutions that do not provide abortion services. It ensures that pro-life individuals and organizations can enter the health care profession without fearing that the government will force them to perform a procedure that violates their well-founded convictions. It has also received bipartisan support and was added to the appropriations bill every year since it was first enacted in 2005. [3]

Congress’ recent actions endanger the lives of pre-born children and infringe on the rights of millions of Americans who do not wish to participate in the moral evil of abortion. A recent Knights of Columbus/Marist poll found that 58 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions[4] and a 2019 Gallup poll shows that 60 percent of Americans think abortion should either be illegal or only legal in a few circumstances.[5]

The government should neither use taxpayer funds for the killing of pre-born children nor compel medical practitioners and institutions to violate their well-founded convictions. Congress must uphold these long-standing, common-sense bipartisan policies that promote a culture of life in our nation.

Human reason and science affirm that human life begins at conception. The Church objects to abortion on the moral principle that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with respect due to every human person. There has never been and never will be a legitimate need to abort a baby in the womb.

It is critical that Congress continue its long-history of supporting policies such as the Hyde and Walden amendments, and that all Colorado Catholics and people of good will make their voice heard in supporting these life-affirming policies.

Sign the petition to Congress here: www.NoTaxpayerAbortion.com

Contact your Congressional Representatives here: https://cocatholicconference.org/news/

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of Denver

Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo

Most Reverend James R. Golka
Bishop of Colorado Springs

Most Reverend Jorge Rodriguez
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver