We will educate, motivate and invigorate Stewardship in our Diocese. Stewardship enables us to discern and live our vocation; identify and respect our personal dignity; recognize and embrace God’s call. Moreover, it 'helps to rouse one another to love and [do] good works out of thanksgiving to God for all that He has given us.' - Heb. 10:24
The theology of Stewardship is biblically-based. Each of us has been entrusted by God with gifts, in the form of our time, talent and resources. God asks us to return a portion of these gifts to support His work on earth. Stewardship is a way of life based on gratitude for all God’s generous gifts. It involves our need to give, rather than giving to a need.
Christian stewards recognize that everything belongs to God; everything we are and everything we have. God will hold us accountable for how we use the many gifts He entrusted to our care. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) defines Stewardship as, "One who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord."
Paula K. Parrish, CFRE
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