The Bishop William G. Connare Award recognizes for distinguished service those who have been diocesan stewardship and development officers. It is presented in memory of Bishop William Connare, who provided 15 years of leadership to ICSC as its Episcopal Moderator.
The 2014 Bishop William G. Connare Award is presented to:
Mr. Scott BaderArchdiocese of Seattle, Washington
Scott Bader has been actively promoting Christian stewardship for almost 20 years. Now director of parish financial services for the Archdiocese of Seattle, he was hired by the late Archbishop Thomas Murphy, Archbishop of Seattle, and served the archdiocese for 19 years as director of parish stewardship. During those years, Scott spent countless hours working with each parish to show them how to embrace stewardship as a way of life; providing stewardship resources; and helping parishes keep stewardship alive through creative ongoing renewal strategies.
While Scott was serving parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle, he also shared his time and many gifts with ICSC. He served two terms on the ICSC board of directors, and was elected by the board to its executive committee, serving as secretary and vice president. Much of his work with ICSC revolved around the parish stewardship education and services committee, where he served as its chair for many years and is still an active member.
Stewardship education is one of Scott’s passions, and he produced and organized both practical materials for parish use, as well as a reference document parishes could use containing valuable tips and links to websites containing helpful stewardship resources. Scott also worked for many years to coordinate the parish fair at the ICSC annual conference. In the ICSC region in which Scott served, Region XII, consisting of dioceses in the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, he hosted and helped plan a number of stewardship meetings and regional conferences. He has spoken at numerous stewardship conferences, participated as faculty in many stewardship institutes, and written articles and resources for use by parishes all over the world.
A lifelong resident of Washington state and a native of the Puget Sound area, Scott is an attorney by profession. He graduated from Seattle University Law School and practiced law for six years before he began his stewardship ministry. He earned a CFRE certification in 2004 and a certificate in fundraising management from the University of Washington in 2004 as well.
Scott and his wife, Jeanette have three children and are active in their parish, Immaculate Conception in Everett, Washington, and in their community. In fact, Scott serves on the Everett City Council. It is with great enthusiasm that we honor Scott Bader by presenting him with the 2014 Bishop William G. Connare Award.