The Fruits of Stewardship – WOW!

If you are new to stewardship, you might never have heard some of the success of promoting stewardship as a Way of Life in the Diocese of Wichita. In 2017 and 2018, the Office of Stewardship hosted Tony Brandt and Chris Stewart of Casting Nets Ministries. Chris and Tony speak nationwide about stewardship, discipleship and evangelization. They live in the Diocese of Wichita and know first hand the fruits of stewardship: 


How do we compare?

Even when you take into consideration that Rapid City is a much smaller diocese than Wichita, one can still see the fruits of stewardship. They are 4 1/2 times our size, but their ordinations are 10 times ours, their number of seminarians almost 8 times. The number of Catholic school students is 12 times our numbers.

Wichita Rapid City
Number of Catholics 112,549 24,240
Number of active Diocesan Priests 81 25
Number of Seminarians 53 7
Number of priestly ordinations this year 10 1
Catholic elementary and high school students 9600 793
Percentage of parishes with perpetual adoration 42% 4%
Percentage of parishes with some adoration time 62% 35%

I have been present multiple times when Tony shares these fruits. It seems to me that jaws drop most when he talks about free tuition for Catholic schools. These are just some of the things that can happen in a Diocese that practices Stewardship. Wichita also can boast of a robust care for the elderly and the poor. But as Archbishop Murphy, one of the writers of the USCCB’s letter on Stewardship, often said, “stewardship is not a quick fix. It is not a program. It is a way of life.”

The Diocese of Wichita has been working hard to encourage this way of life for 50 years. The fruits don’t come quickly or easily. But they are possible. Wichita’s example can inspire us to embrace Stewardship.

 

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