“The Call” is the title of the very first chapter of the United States Catholic bishops’ pastoral letter Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response. Their premise is that every baptized Christian is called to be a follower of Jesus Christ and to be a good steward of their life in Christ. Today, twenty-five years after the stewardship pastoral was written, the International Catholic Stewardship Council honors the bishops’ pastoral at its 55th annual conference to be held from September 17 to 20, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.
This year, ICSC adopts as its conference image the classical painting The Calling of Saint Matthew by Michelangelo Caravaggio. This painting depicts the gospel scene where Jesus calls Matthew to follow him (Mt. 9:9); thus, changing his life radically. The painting symbolizes that universal call to follow Christ Jesus no matter the cost. It is not a coincidence that this year’s ICSC conference will take place a few days before the feast of Saint Matthew on September 21.
Internationally recognized as the most valuable conference for those involved in Christian stewardship, the annual ICSC conference is a gathering of scores of Catholic stewards living and teaching Christian stewardship in the Catholic tradition. It offers over 80 program sessions to inform and inspire attendees through the sharing of innovative ideas, networking with peers, and providing best practices and proven strategies for inviting others in parishes and dioceses alike to become good stewards of their life in Christ.
Please note: Most of the session titles are new presentations, unless brought back by popular demand, as we strive to continually address the needs of ICSC members and the Catholic Church!
We invite you to join us in Atlanta to celebrate with others and the call to Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response!