Stewardship is part of everything we do

This year’s Stewardship poster focuses on our response to Jesus’ gift from the cross.Stewardship is not a church program, it is a way of life and a mission for all Christians

A conversation with Bishop Michael O. Jackels

The TOGETHER vision aims to deepen our practice of stewardship as a way of life, sharing responsibility for the mission of the Church.

Stewardship is one of the goals of the TOGETHER vision partly because stewardship is a way of life and not just a church program.

It’s not something that’s optional for anybody who is a Christian. And just like the knowledge that we have of Jesus and His Church, we have to deepen our understanding and practice of stewardship. It is ongoing and will remain ongoing.

Stewardship is a part of anything and everything we do in the sense that it guides and inspires what we do, and it also puts limits on what we do.

If in achieving the fundraising goals of the TOGETHER vision we harm or hinder the sense of oneness in our diocese or our practice of stewardship, then we have failed.

It is our stewardship that must drive our need to support the education of our seminarians, Catholic formation programs across our Diocese; and it is our stewardship that must drive our need to repair and renew our mother church.

When you examine the funding priorities for the TOGETHER vision – whether you are looking at the Cathedral campus or
education of seminarians or the St. Maria de Mattias Endowment Fund or the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund – they all touch upon the mission and the ministries of the Church.

It is part of stewardship for everyone to sense that we each bear a share of responsibility for this mission regardless of whether we directly benefit from programs funded.
Hopefully the goal of deepening our understanding and practice of stewardship will also positively impact our sense of oneness in the Church in our diocese and our ability to endow these funds and to preserve our Cathedral campus for all the different missions and ministries that go on here.

Stewardship report in this edition
The United Catholic Stewardship annual report is inside the print edition of the Catholic Advance. The report is printed on pages 10-13 and includes an article by Father John Lanzrath, director of Stewardship.

Goals of the TOGETHER vision
• Strengthen the oneness between parish and diocese.
• Deepen our practice of stewardship as a way of life, sharing responsibility for the mission of the Church.
• Invite everyone to help fund seminarian education, Catholic formation programs and a renovation of the Cathedral campus.