The Office of Stewardship
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.
|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.
We’re here to help
Call us at (605) 716-5214 or fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch soon.
606 Cathedral Drive
Rapid City, SD 57701
2101 City Springs Rd Ste 200
Rapid City, SD 57702