The Bishop William G. Connare Award recognizes for distinguished service those who have been diocesan stewardship and development directors. It is presented in memory of Bishop William Connare, who provided 15 years of leadership to ICSC as its Episcopal Moderator.
The 2013 Bishop William G. Connare Award is presented to:Daniel LoughmanDiocese of Wichita, Kansas
Daniel Loughman has embodied a life of stewardship for nearly fifty years. It was in 1968 that one of the great figures in stewardship education, the late Monsignor Thomas McGread, became pastor of the Loughmans’ parish, St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita, Kansas. And appointed Dan and his wife, Carolyn, to the newly-formed parish stewardship committee. From there, Dan never looked back. He was instrumental in designing the parish stewardship process which later became a model for implementation of a diocesan-wide stewardship dynamic in 1985.
Dan’s professional career in the Church started with his service in the chancery offices of the Diocese of Wichita as its finance director and later director of stewardship and finance. Soon thereafter, he and Monsignor McGread began to travel around the United States spreading the word on their successful model of stewardship. The Wichita Diocese’s vision of stewardship was captured in a variety of parish and diocesan materials written by Dan and used across the country. He was a popular presenter at ICSC conferences and in 1998 was involved in the second ICSC International Institute in Rome. In addition to his untiring work for the Diocese of Wichita, Dan recently completed 20 years of service, most recently as chair of the board of directors of Guadalupe Clinic, a free health clinic for the underserved, uninsured and working poor of the Wichita community. Dan also serves as vice president of the Catholic Care Center, a diocesan jointly-owned continuum-of-care facility which includes long-term skilled nursing, memory care, and assisted and independent living.
In 2004, Dan retired from his position as chief financial officer for the Diocese of Wichita, but continued until this year serving as diocesan director, and later part-time coordinator, of stewardship. Throughout his long career, Dan has promoted an idea of stewardship on a parish and diocesan level which has influenced Catholics both nationally and even internationally, while living deeply a stewardship commitment on a personal level. He and his wife, Carolyn, have four children, 24 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. It is with great enthusiasm that we honor Dan Loughman by presenting him the Bishop Connare Award this year.
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