Deacon Donald R. McArdle, CEO of Catholic Stewardship Consultants, has written a new book, and I’m honored to announce its publication.
The book is titled Grateful and Giving: How Msgr. Thomas McGread’s Stewardship Message Has Impacted Catholic Parishes Throughout the Country.
Grateful and Giving traces the roots of Stewardship in America as it is practiced in many modern-day Catholic parishes, to its early beginnings by noted stewardship pioneer Msgr. Thomas McGread, a pastor in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas. It also describes the development and the fruits of Stewardship at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, where Msgr. McGread served as pastor for 31 years, The book also tells the compelling stories of four parishes outside of the Diocese of Wichita that developed Stewardship as their way of life by using similar principles, concepts and processes.
In addition to the many personal stories within, Grateful and Giving offers practical suggestions and tips (including an appendix titled “Practical Tools and Processes”) for pastors and lay leaders trying to develop Stewardship as a way of life in their parishes. The book includes a Foreword by Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber of the Diocese of Wichita. Under Bishop Gerber’s leadership, the Diocese of Wichita became a total stewardship diocese.
Grateful and Giving is an easy read and highly recommended for any bishop, priest, deacon or lay leader. Hard copies, as well as the Kindle edition, can be purchased by following this link to the book listing on Amazon.com.
For the next week only, the Kindle edition (also readable on a PC, Mac, iPad, etc.) is available for only $.99. Please forward this to anyone you think would like to read it, so they have an opportunity to download it for this special introductory price.
For more information on the book, or if you would like to order the book in bulk at volume discounts (for diocesan or parish staff, pastors, associate priests, deacons, pastoral councils, finance councils, stewardship councils, etc.), feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.