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ICSC Awards

Each year at the annual conference, ICSC recognizes exemplary individuals as well as parishes that best promote and practice Christian stewardship and Catholic philanthropy throughout the year, determined by a committee of their peers. After the conference, those receiving recognition will be listed here and their materials stored behind our members-only portal for sharing with others.

International Recognition for Christian Stewardship Initiatives 

The ICSC family acknowledges those international Catholic dioceses, parishes and other Catholic organizations that must take creative approaches to teaching Christian stewardship given the uniqueness of their cultures and church demographics. For those international Catholic institutions interested in receiving recognition for their stewardship efforts please see the application and instructions in the LINK below.

2017 Christian Stewardship Award

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.

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Most Reverend Robert F. Morneau

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus • Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin
Bishop Morneau was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Stewardship for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and a contributor to the publication of the bishops’ pastoral letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, approved by the full body of bishops at its November 1992 general meeting. The Ad Hoc Committee re-published a tenth anniversary edition of the pastoral letter in December 2002. Bishop Morneau has lectured extensively throughout the United States on the spirituality of stewardship and continues to be a popular stewardship speaker today. He is considered the U.S. Catholic Church’s premier resource on stewardship, an expression of discipleship through which we gratefully receive God’s gifts, tenderly care for them, generously share them, and humbly return them to God. Born in New London, Wisconsin, Bishop Morneau, fourth of six children, graduated from Bear Creek High School and studied at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and Sacred Heart Seminary in Oneida, Wisconsin, before earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1966 and worked as an assistant pastor in his hometown before accepting appointments in Manitowoc where he was a faculty member at Holy Family College, now Silver Lake College. He also taught at the Summer Theological Institute of St. Norbert College and served on the college’s board of trustees. Ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Green Bay Diocese in 1979, Bishop Morneau was one of the first American priests to be named a bishop by Saint John Paul II. Through the years, he has served the diocese in numerous ways such as being Vicar for Priests, Vicar General and pastor of Resurrection Parish, Green Bay. Bishop Morneau is an avid runner and golfer, and a reader of poetry and prose. A poet and author himself, he has written several books, and many of his essays appear in such periodicals as U.S. Catholic, St. Anthony Messenger, AMERICA. He describes his ministry as this: “Priesthood has been a gift and a responsibility for me. As a gift, what a grace to be a part of so many people’s faith life. As a responsibility, it has brought a bundle of joys and sorrows, that is, a participation in the life of Jesus.”

2017 Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Award

The Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Award is presented to a parish for its outstanding work in Christian stewardship formation in honor of the late Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy. Archbishop Murphy was an ardent supporter of ICSC and a passionate promoter of Christian stewardship. He died in June, 1997, and this award is a fitting tribute to his memory.

St. Patrick Catholic Community

Scottsdale, Arizona
Since 1980, St. Patrick Catholic Community has characterized itself as “Living Beyond Sunday as Christian Disciples in Mission,” and building up God’s kingdom in a spirit of radical hospitality and welcome. The community approaches ministry with a pastoral sensitivity, meeting people where they are at and lovingly walking with them to a more abundant life with the Lord. This Catholic community describes itself as being built on five foundational pillars: Liturgy, hospitality, stewardship, social justice, and spiritual formation. The community defines these five pillars as follows:
  • Liturgy: The community is committed to celebrating the sacraments well. Gathering for liturgy is a way to bring Christ to one another through singing, praying and worshipping as full, active and conscious participants in the liturgy.
  • Formation: St. Patrick is committed to creating a training ground for the community at every stage of life so parishioners may be sent out into the world, equipped and intentional in their love, to live beyond Sunday.
  • Hospitality: Parishioners are challenged by their faith to acknowledge the presence of the person, to be inclusive in their attitude toward every person, and to be aware of the dignity and respect each person possesses as a child of God.
  • Stewardship: At St. Patrick, stewardship is lived through the action of Giving, the action of Praying, and the action of Serving. Together, we call these “GPS.” Just as an electronic GPS helps people navigate a journey toward a destination, Stewardship GPS guides each parishioner along the journey of knowing, loving and serving God more.
  • Social Justice: Concern for one’s neighbor is part of being a Christian Disciple in Mission. Community members respond not simply through acts of charity, but reach out in relationship with those offered assistance – which can then lead to systemic change and “right” justice. St. Patrick commits both energy and resources to bring about justice in response to what the church teaches and the Gospel calls us to. v
The Holy Spirit is alive and well at St. Patrick Catholic Community, as 4,805 families live out their call through over 130 different ministries supporting the parish and the larger community. The ICSC family is delighted to offer this stewardship community the 2017Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Award.

2017 Bishop William G. Connare Award

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.

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Mr. Ron Schatz

It is with great enthusiasm that the board of directors of the International Catholic Stewardship Council honor Ron Schatz by presenting him with the 2017 Bishop William G. Connare Award. Ron Schatz has served the Diocese of Bismarck for the past 26 years in the Office of Stewardship and Resource Development. The first four and one-half years, Ron served as the associate director before taking over as the director in 1995. He is responsible for planning and organizing the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, the annual African Mission Appeal, diocesan capital campaigns, diocesan stewardship education, national and universal church collections, and diocesan grant research and writing. In addition, he provides counsel to all parishes and schools with regard to their stewardship education, capital campaigns and other fund-raising practices. He also coordinates the annual diocesan grant application process for any parish or Catholic school that wishes to apply for grants from the Catholic School and Religious Education Endowment Fund. Ron coordinates the nation-wide, direct mail fundraising program for the Catholic Indian Mission, which consists of five Catholic parishes and one Catholic elementary school in Ft. Yates, North Dakota which is located on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Mr. Schatz served on the board of directors for ICSC as the representative from Region VIII (Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota) from 2009 – 2015. He served on various standing and ad hoc committees, including chairing the 2013 ICSC Conference Registration Committee (Dallas), the 2015 ICSC Conference (Chicago), the ICSC Diocesan Awards Committee, and the ICSC Diocesan Stewardship and Philanthropy Committee. During Ron’s board term, he organized Region VIII’s 1st Regional Stewardship Day and re-activated the Region VIII’s Annual Summer Gathering for Diocesan Stewardship and Development staff. Ron served on the board of directors for the North Dakota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals including serving as the board president in 1999-2001 and 2010-2012. He also served as the Mid-America Fundraising Conference Program Planning Committee Chair for their conferences in 2007 and 2014. Mr. Schatz earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Communication and his master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Mary, America’s Leadership University®, in Bismarck, North Dakota. Ron and his wife, Michele, have been active members of the Cathedral Parish in Bismarck all of their adult lives. Ron has shared his time, talent and treasure for their parish as a member of the adult choir, reader, commentator, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and as a member of the parish stewardship committee. He currently is a member of the Parish Council and the Knights of Columbus and with his family, they serve as hospitality ministers. Ron and Michele have three children who attend the Light of Christ Catholic School System in Bismarck.