What’s in a definition?

Father Ken VanHaverbeke, Director of Stewardship

The room was darkly light. Assembled were four men. A raspy voice sounding like fictional character Rebeus Hagrid of the Harry Potter movies emanates from the corner of the room said, “Did you do what I asked?” “Yes,” was the reply. “Good.” the raspy voice replied. “Now we can proceed. Without it, we could not continue. We could do nothing.” Softly in the background, music comes to a crescendo and the shadowy room becomes enveloped completely in darkness.


2014 Stewardship Conference Presentation



Stewardship Nourishes the Christian Spirit


A history of Stewardship in the Diocese of Wichita

by Mary Jobe Waddill, parishioner Blessed Sacrament

The U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship identifies the character­istics of a steward as a gener­ous giving of time, talent and treasure and further elabo­rates by saying that “as Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others and return them with increase to the Lord.”


Bishop Eugene Gerber on Stewardship in the Diocese of Wichita

If we forget the story of how we got here, we might forget why we are here!  Bishop Eugene Gerber shares the story of how the Diocese of Wichita came to be a 'Stewardship Diocese'.  No magic bullet.  It all begins by listening.

 Reprinted from Conception Abbey Tower Topics fall-winter 2013, pg26-27



Parish Stewardship Formation Packet

Forming parishioners as stewards is a life time effort, but there are certain sacramental and formational moments when the teaching of stewardship is ideal.  The following are resources (English - Spanish) for those key moments:                                                                                                    


Call to Stewardship Brochure (English & Spanish Versions)

This brochure provides a personal reflection upon one's God given grace and giftedness and provides the opportunity to further reflect upon how one is using this grace and giftedness in service to the parish, diocese and the wider universal Church out of our love of God and neighbor. This brochure can be downloaded and copied for distribution to parishioners or made available in the parish pamphlet rack. Copies can also be ordered from the diocesan Office of Stewardship.


Characteristics of a Christian Steward


Identifies and describes personal characteristics that are essential and present in the lives of those individuals (stewards) who desire to fully know, love and serve Jesus. While there are many characteristics that could apply to stewards striving to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the following ten (10) seem essential and ever present: Prayer, Humility, Trust, Patience, Responsibility, Gratitude, Generosity, Simplicity, Mercy and Perseverance.            



Characteristics of a Stewardship Parish

The characteristics identified in this document are those that seemed evident at the time of publication and those that remain evident in viable and vibrant parishes where the "stewardship way of life" is practiced and facilitated, thus providing successful results.




Young Stewards in Formation

This manual contains suggested and specifically prepared classroom stewardship curriculums for students in parish school of religion (PSR) programs as well as for students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools. The curriculum and related lesson plans are prepared to provide for and assist the catechists as they strive to convey and teach the concept of stewardship to our Catholic youth.



Recognize and Receive Activity

How to increase stewardship participation in the parish