2017 Stewardship Symposium - Region IX 4.21.17

Stewardship: A Disciple's Response.  A Symposium on 25 Years of Catholic Stewardship

The life of a Christian disciple is a life of stewardship.  Do you want to understand more fully what it means to be a disciple of Christ?  What does living a stewardship way of life mean?  This Symposium on the Pastoral Letter Stewardship:  A Disciple's Response helped us answer those questions and more.

Archbishop Emeritus James Patrick Keleher delivered the keynote address.  He assisted in the authoring of the Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, first published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1992.  Listen to the podcast below.

Fr. Jarrod Lies, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish in Wichita shared his thoughts on stewardship at a rural parish, an urban parish, as a personal conversion and the next 25 years.  Listen to the podcast Portrait of a Christian Steward below.

A guided discussion was facilitated by Dr. Dan Ebener professor and author.  The panel included Fr. Jarrod Lies, Michael Murphy, president of the International Catholic Stewardship Council and Jane Rutter, consultant for Steier Group.  

Listen to the podcast and download the notes below.

Archbishop Emeritus Keleher

'There are two roads Jesus tells us you can take. The first road is the wide road, everything goes and looks real attractive, casual sex, drinking drugs whatever you want. The problem he tells us is at the end of the road is destruction of body and soul. The narrow road can be a little difficult at times but Jesus is there with you walking and if you get off for a bit of time he is always calling you back to get back on that road. That road ends in paradise, that road is beautiful, that road is fulfilling. That’s the road for stewards and real believers in Jesus Christ and that’s the road to take kids.

I prayed for wisdom when I was Confirmed, I think you ought to pray for Fortitude, you should pray for strength to walk that road.’

When John Kennedy was inaugurated as our 1st Catholic president … Robert Frost was there… and read The Road Less Traveled. That’s the road we are on and hope to stay on it. That’s the beauty of being a catholic, a disciple and a steward.'

Archbishop Emeritus Keleher reflects on prayer, faith, discipleship, stewardship and more.

Listen to the podcast here:

Portrait of a Christian Steward - Fr. Jarrod Lies

'A parish's mission is only as big as its stewardship... stewardship is only as strong as its commitment... commitment is only as big as its discipleship...discipleship is only as engaged as its evangelization...evangelization is only as effective as its collaboration with the Holy Spirit.'

In the podcast, Fr. Jarrod Lies outlines the current landscape, the definition of stewardship, the portrait and the next 25 years.

Listen to the podcast here:

Download the presentation here: Portrait of a Christian Steward

Stewardship Symposium Panel Discussion

Dan Ebener facilitated the panel discussion. Excellent questions and discussion!

Opening remarks from Michael Murphy: 'Thank you for being here. This is a wonderful stewardship of your own time. For those of you who have studied the early Church Fathers, you'll really understand what I have to say. Over the years, I have characterized the dioceses represented here today as the Antioch of stewardship formation and practical spirituality that has come from this region. Thank you.'


Dan Loughman: 'Early on, we did not spend a lot of time forming priests. They all bought into it, but they perhaps did not fully understand stewardship. Dioceses owe it to their priests to invest in forming them in stewardship. The best tool for this is the Pastoral Letter. Every time I read it, I learn something new.'

Listen to the podcast here:

Download the notes here: Stewardship Symposium Panel discussion notes

2016 Diocesan Stewardship Conference recap

Missed the conference? You may listen to the presentations and/or download materials below:
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  • Bishop Carl Kemme

THE STEWARDSHIP WAY OF LIFE. BEING LED BY THE SPIRIT

"I am fully aware that Stewardship is part of our DNA and has been for these past 30 years.  Carrying on this great legacy into our future is not something that any of us need to wonder about or question - how we carry on this legacy, how we strengthen, how we deepen it, is a labor of love.  Not just for me and our priests but for all the baptized..."

Listen to Bishop Kemme's presentation here

  • Luis Soto

ONE FAMILY UNDER GOD

Luis Soto, originally from Sonora, Mexico, is passionate about the Body of Christ. “God sees us as His sons and daughters worthy of His trust to be good stewards of the resources He has given us. Our response is that of a grateful heart.”

“One Family Under God,” explores how a parish can be united by the Holy Spirit, understanding another’s culture, and from two or more cultures, become one family under God.

“The Encounter with the Living Jesus Christ: is the path to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America” (St. John Paul II, Ecclesia in America #3)

These Four Stages for Integration can be explained this way:

  • Encountering: welcoming, appreciation, ministerial growth
  • Conversion: building relationships across cultures, leadership development, belonging
  • Communion: strengthening the Catholic identity, achieving stewardship, ownership
  • Solidarity: commitment to the common good, plan & work together, One Family Under God

“Hispanics are not a problem to solve or a challenge to overcome… but an opportunity to show greatness… an asset to invest in.” Luis Soto

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Listen to Luis's One Family Under God presentation here

LA ESPIRITUALIDAD DE STEWARDSHIP Y LA IMPORTANCIA DE LA PRESENCIA Y LIDERAZGO DEL HISPANO EN NUESTRAS COMUNIDADES PARROQUIALES

La Espiritualidad de Stewardship:

  • Identidad… somos hijos de Dios
  • Confianza… Dios está a cargo de nuestras vidas
  • Gratitud… porque todo depende de el
  • Amor… porque él nos amó primero (1 JN 4, 19)

Nuestra necesidad de dar… de darnos por completo.

Corresponsables de la Fe Evangelización, Servicio (Tiempo y Talento), Comunidad, del tesoro

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 BREAKOUT SESSIONS/Pláticas:

STEWARDSHIP: Clocking In.
Chad Arnold, Pastor Holy Name, Coffeyville

The greatest tool God has given you to impact the world: your work. We are stewards in our work, because God wants our work, he deserves our work and it will help us grow in holiness, to be saints.
The 4 Pillars of Stewardship at work.
We change our world, our culture, by sanctifying the very work of our hands. To be faithful stewards at all times, so that someday we might be a saint for all eternity.

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Listen to Fr. Chad's presentation here:

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE STEWARDSHIP OF HIS SAINTS
James Bitting, Instructor and Co-chair of the Religion Department, Bishop Carroll and adjunct instructor, Newman University Graduate Theology program

Discipleship pertains to the identity of the Christian and Stewardship pertains to the active life of the Christian. Who are you? What is your identity at its deepest?

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Listen to James' presentation here

RECIPES FOR SUCCESSFUL STEWARDSHIP
Church of the Blessed Sacrament Team: Fr. John Jirak, Fr. Curtis Hecker, Renee Riter, Danell Oxler, Jill Martin, Brandon Martin

The team shared how they have made a deliberate effort to return to the roots of the stewardship way of life, by embracing the four pillars established by the Diocese of Wichita 30 years ago.

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HOW TO CREATE STEWARDSHIP AS A WAY OF LIFE INSTEAD OF A FALL DECORATION THEME
Fr. Ken VanHaverbeke, Vicar of Stewardship and Family Life

Fr. Ken shares some very practical ways of integrating stewardship into sacramental preparation, new parishioner events, student activities, rotation of volunteers, contributions to stewardship of treasure and even personal prayer.

Listen to Fr. Ken's presentation here