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Announcements

A stewardship way of life happens in the day-to-day of each parish and each parishioner. The Region VIII stewardship day, occurring August 17th and 18th, offered just such a perspective. Hosted in Minnesota’s St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese, the day opened with Mass celebrated by local Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda.

Dave Baranowski gave the inspiring conference keynote, offering his observations and insights on stewardship over the years. Baranowski has served as the Director of Stewardship Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis since 2012. His presentation can be found online here.

The conference featured a number of breakout sessions, laid over the two-day conference. Many sessions featured presentations on specific populations within the parish. Rev. Bil Rose, pastor of Christ the King in Toledo, OH, presented applications of stewardship spirituality to senior parish members, school families, and millennials.

Ryan O’Hara, Director of Mission Resources for the college ministry Saint Paul’s Outreach, shared advice on engaging youth and young adults. Estela Villagran Manancero, Director of Latino Ministries for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, offered insights into communicating stewardship to the Latino community.

When stewardship is so often equated with financial gifts, helping parishioners to identify their unique strengths and talents is critical. Two local Gallup Strengths Facilitators, including Mary Kennedy, Director of Stewardship and Development at Pax Christi Catholic Church, presented “Growing and Sustaining Strengths & Engagement in Our Parish.”

Keynote speaker Dave Baranowski continued to offer his wisdom throughout the conference, leading breakout sessions on the spirituality of money and running an annual stewardship renewal.

The conference included opportunities for networking with fellow stewardship professionals and vendors leading the field in stewardship tools. ICSC is proud to partner with local leader to offer opportunities nationwide for communities to grow in a stewardship way of life!

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Announcements, Annual Conference

The International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) is pleased to announce that the Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky, will deliver the keynote address at its 55th annual conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia from September 17 to 20, 2017. In the spirit of this year’s ICSC conference theme, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, Archbishop Kurtz will bring his passion for justice, charity and love for the poor to the conference attendees.

Archbishop Kurtz served as president of the USCCB from 2013 to 2016, and as its vice president from 2010 to 2013. He has served on numerous boards, and currently is a member of the Council for the National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University, and on the Advisory Board to the Cause for Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification. Pope Francis assigned Archbishop Kurtz to the Holy See’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches in 2014.

A popular figure on social media, Archbishop Kurtz has written a well-read blog for several years, has 19,300 Twitter followers, and over 6,000 supporters on Facebook.

He has been the archbishop of Louisville since 2007.

And that’s just the beginning …

ICSC has an amazing lineup of stewardship formation leaders, experienced church professionals and ministerial visionaries at its ICSC 55th annual conference, making it the event for diocesan and parish leaders and professionals to get hands-on learning and prophetic insights. Go to the ICSC website at www.catholicstewardship.com for more ICSC conference news in the coming weeks.

Join us! Register now to join the ICSC family in ATLANTA, GA from SEPTEMBER 17-20, 2017

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