Each year ICSC recognizes individuals or organizations for their unique and extraordinary witness to Christian stewardship as a way of life by honoring them with the Christian Stewardship Award.
The 2014 Christian Stewardship Award is presented to:
Catholic Mutual GroupOmaha, Nebraska
Catholic Mutual Group, which is celebrating 125 years of service to the Church, is a nonprofit organization which serves the temporal needs of Catholic Church-owned institutions. Catholic Mutual Group is today the leading provider of property, liability, and employee benefit coverage for the Catholic Church in North America. Since 1889, when six Midwestern bishops sought to obtain reasonably priced insurance coverage for their church structures and communities, Catholic Mutual Group has seen its mission as providing a stable environment for its members.
Catholic Mutual Group’s vocation is to ensure that, in times of crisis, its Catholic church and organizational members are made whole. One need only look to the devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, in 2011, to see the difference Catholic Mutual Group has made in the ability of the Church to respond to disaster and fulfill its mission. Dr. Gene Aug, of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, writes: “In one tragic moment, St. Mary’s Parish in Joplin found itself completely without a church, Catholic school, rectory, offices, parish hall and St. Vincent de Paul house, as a result of an F-5 tornado. The staff from Catholic Mutual Group guided us through temporary housing and operations. Their reaction both on-site and off-site was immediate and compassionate, and they handled our claim process personally and efficiently. In summary, their professional efforts far exceeded my expectations.”
Catholic Mutual Group, with a staff of 250, has a board of trustees consisting exclusively of cardinals, archbishops and bishops. As part of the Catholic Church, the board and staff understand the unique environment in which they work. This understanding enables them to work personally with each Catholic member organization to assess their unique needs, while respecting the traditions and doctrines of the Church. During its 125 years of stewardship of Church property, Catholic Mutual Group has helped the Church recover from all manner of loss and natural disasters, from local fires to the catastrophic results of Hurricane Katrina. Catholic Mutual Group has helped provide an environment of security and stability for the Catholic Church in North America as the Church continues its mission of stewardship and evangelization.