Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
"Good Stewardship – A Two-Way Street"
by Bishop Blase J. Cupich
(From the February 21, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)
Oftentimes, appeals made by the Church call on donors to exercise good stewardship. That very biblical concept is a reminder that everything we have has been given to us. Our generous support of the Church’s ministries is but a moment to acknowledge God’s gifts to us. Stewardship has a touch of humility to it, as it brings to mind how beholden we are to God for the blessings in life. It also evokes a sense of responsibility to use wisely the blessings of time, talent and treasure.
But, we should not forget that stewardship has to be a two way street. Not only is stewardship a duty for those who give, but also for those who are entrusted with the gifts. Both have to be good stewards. That is my promise to you as I ask you to help your parish make its goal this year for the Annual Catholic Appeal. These individual parish goals have been published and are available in the parishes.
We have made good progress over the past couple of years. We have exercised good stewardship to the point that the diocesan debt of $6 million has been cut nearly in half. This is due to a mixture of factors, including budget cutbacks, renegotiation and forgiveness of some loans and, of course, the increased participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal. That is a remarkable achievement, and bodes well for the future. Originally, the projection was that we would be out of debt by 2028, but because of the progress we have made, we are on a trajectory to be debt free by 2016.
So, as I invite you to be a good steward in response to the Annual Catholic Appeal, I want to assure you that I am willing to do my part and treat with respect and reverence your sacrifices on behalf of the Church. Together we can make it happen. We Are the Diocese of Spokane.
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