David and Peace Barrigah found a new parish home for their family here at All Saints a little over a year ago when they relocated from Middletown, Del., to Dallas in July 2022. They quickly became involved at the parish and enrolled their two boys, Reuel and Yoel, at All Saints Catholic School.
Both David and Peace grew up in Christian families. David was born and raised in a Catholic family, and his parents were actively involved in many church organizations, including St. Anthony’s Guild and the Knights and Ladies of Marshall. Peace was raised in a Methodist/Presbyterian church. She taught Sunday School for most of her teenage years, and her parents were very involved in the church, especially the youth ministries. Peace eventually converted to Catholicism shortly before she and David were married.
“The call to stewardship is a timeless and universal one,” Peace says. “It invites us to be mindful of our impact on the world, to nurture compassion, and to be architects of positive change. As we heed this call in our lives, we not only safeguard the world we live in, but we also enrich our souls and contribute to the betterment of our humanity. It is a noble call and resonates well within us.”
For the Barrigah family, stewardship is a part of the way they live their entire lives. They have witnessed the individualism and pursuit of self-interest that has taken root in our culture, yet they strive to live consciously, sharing their God-given gifts with the community.
“It is our sense of duty, and as we continue to grow within the All Saints community, we will continue to respond to the call to be conscious and responsible custodians of the gifts we have and to be challenged beyond ourselves and our immediate wants and desires,” Peace says. “We strive to consider the collective welfare of our community.”
David and Peace are incredibly grateful for the welcome that they have received this past year from the All Saints community. They are grateful for the opportunity to reflect and respond to the call of stewardship which has strengthened their family bonds and helped teach their values to their children.
“We teach them the importance of caring and giving back to the community,” Peace says. “Stewardship also allows us to create a family legacy that goes beyond material wealth. It also helps to nourish the soul — our souls flourish when we embrace service and a sense of purpose.”