I would like to share with you an article that ran earlier this week in the National Catholic Register about how the Diocese of Wichita’s emphasis on stewardship has enabled the diocese to completely fund their parish schools since 2002. It is truly a remarkable story of stewardship in action.
As parishes throughout the diocese grew stronger and had more resources through stewardship, diocesan schools gradually did away with tuition. Since 2002, all of the dioceses’ 38 schools — including four Catholic high schools — have been without tuition, educating just under 11,000 students.
At a time when Catholic school enrollment continues to decline and schools close across the country, the Diocese of Wichita is bucking that trend, thanks to stewardship and the model developed by Msgr. Thomas McGread more than 30 years ago.
As many of you know, Msgr. McGread is a longtime advisor to Catholic Stewardship Consultants and contributor to The Catholic Steward Blog. His story is chronicled in our 2011 book, Grateful and Giving: How Msgr. Thomas McGread’s Stewardship Message Has Impacted Catholic Parishes Throughout the Country, and is the model for the work we do at CSC in helping parishes develop stewardship as a way of life.
Our organization has helped hundreds of parishes across the country experience stewardship success following Msgr. McGread’s model. For more information on how CSC can help you and your parish develop stewardship, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.