Helping improve the systems
Consultant offers financial help via parish visits
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
As a certified public accountant, Jason Haen is good with
numbers, but it was the opportunity to work with people that
attracted him to his new position as financial consultant for the
diocesan department of Finance and Accounting.
"I like getting out of the office and dealing with lots of
different people," said Haen, who previously served as the
payroll supervisor for Brown County. "With 190 parishes in the
diocese, I will be dealing with someone new at each one."
In his position, Haen makes parish visits coordinated by Msgr.
John Dewane, diocesan vicar for administration. He reviews the
financial operations of the parish and provides suggestions to
strengthen the internal control of financial activities.
"Basically, I walk through their operations," said Haen, a
graduate of St. Norbert College, De Pere. "I look at various
deposits and disbursements they've made so I can gain an
understanding of how their system is currently working. I then
see if there are any recommendations I can make for improvement."
"When I first go to a parish for a visit, I don't know what to
expect," he continued. "Whatever their needs are is where I
"Jason has a good professional background and impressive
credentials," said Tom Kurkowski, finance officer for the Diocese
of Green Bay. "He sits on his parish council, so he has an
understanding of how the church works. I hope he can get out to
all our parishes within the next couple years."
Haen, a native of Casco now living in Luxemburg, is a member of
St. Joseph Parish in Champion. In his spare time he likes
spending time with his family, wife, Joan, and daughter, Nicole,
and enjoys bowling and softball.
Helping the people in parishes by providing financial guidance is
rewarding, said Haen.
"If I can go out to the parishes and help them improve in any
way, it's worthwhile," he said. "I hope they do all the
recommendations, but even if they find a way to do the most
important ones, there will be progress. No one has ever visited
many of the parishes before. It's good for someone to go out
there and reinforce things they already know and give direction."