Raven Unites Catholic Social Teaching and Investing
The Gregorian Fellows Leadership Program at Benedictine College promotes Catholic identity in public life by forming a new generation of leaders who unite faith and reason in their work. On Fellows Fridays, the Gregorian Institute will introduce you to some of these extraordinary students.
What do you get when you cross Catholic Social Teaching with investments? A stronger community.
So says Michael Rziha, a Gregorian Fellow, who graduated in May from Benedictine College and is now a Project Manager at Blackbird Investments in Des Moines, Iowa.
“My company is a unique business focused on promoting Catholic Social Teaching through real estate development that benefits local churches, dioceses, and other faith based organizations,” he said.
He learned about Blackbird Investments during a Gregorian Fellows dinner with Justin Doyle, the company’s founder.
Michael said there are at least five Benedictine College graduates working at the company.
“I work within the finance and development team modeling future projects, adjusting current projects based on new information, and researching the market to find new opportunities and better information for our models,” he said.
“My classes at Benedictine prepared me well to learn the system at Blackbird,” he said, but the Liberal Arts nature of the school and the Gregorian Fellows program were invaluable, he added. “Additionally, at Benedictine I learned how to learn and how to think, which is as important as any information that I learned in my classes.”