The diocesan stewardship efforts are led by Bishop Estévez and The Committee on Stewardship and the New Evangelization (CSNE) (formerly the Diocesan Stewardship Council). The purpose of the CSNE is to foster a total stewardship plan, movement and philosophy that engage the faithful across the diocese.
|Father James Boddie, Jr.||Pastor, Christ the King Catholic Church|
|Carol Ann Black||Christ the King Catholic Church|
|Nick Carrube||Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church|
|Stanton Cadow||Director, Development & Stewardship Office, Diocese of St. Augustine|
|Father Alberto Esposito||Pastor, Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church|
|Jeanette Ghioto||San Juan del Rio Catholic Church|
|Erica Hartge||Queen of Peace Catholic Church|
|Father Michael Houle||Episcopal Vicar, Development & Finance, Diocese of St. Augustine|
|Father Thanh Nguyen||Pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church|
|Laurie Plotz||Christ the King Catholic Church|
|Amanda Kepshire||Associate Director, Development, Diocese of St. Augustine|
|Father Jason Trull||Pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church|
|Glen Vassou||Queen of Peace Catholic Church|
|Joanna Stark||Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, St. Augustine|
Stewardship: A Multi-faceted Concept
Stewardship is a multi-faceted concept that includes Prayer, Service and Sharing. Countless Catholic parishes across the United States hav experienced a revitalization and renewal when the faith community understood and put them into action.
Parishes grounded in Stewardship report increases in:
- members’ faith-filled personal and household prayer
- Mass attendance and participation
- parish service organzations and event supported by more and more volunteers
- financial giving that allows the parish to meet its own budget and to share with others
Stewardship of Prayer
Prayer is about our relationship with God. We gratefully acknowledge God’s presence in our lives and respond by investing ourselves. In nurturing this relationship we stay connected and understand God’s will for our lives. As disciples of Jesus we strive to engage in personal prayer each day. As good stewards of our time, we return to God part of each day which has been so graciously given to us.
Stewardship of Service
We believe that every person is a unique child of God. Each one of us has been created with wonderful gifts to be used to bring us joy and to serve each other. The Epistle of St. Peter reminds us: “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve another as good stewards of God’s varied graces.” (1 Peter 4:10)
The call to a life of commitment and service comes to us through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. The Spirit empowers us to be Jesus in the world in our lifetime. If you recall, Jesus came not to be served but to serve and as his disciples, we want to imitate his life and his love.
To be a steward of service means that we gratefully name and nurture our gifts. We then offer them to our Church and to the world. With this in mind, we are called to reflect upon our personal calendars and consider how we can best use our time and our gifts.
Our Church offers unique opportunities to serve within our parishes as well as promoting opportunities locally, nationally and globally. We believe that through our service, our Church is able to bring the love of Jesus to the world and to continue his work on earth.
Stewardship of Sharing
Stewards are grateful people who believe that God has been generous with us and we, in turn, share with others. The scripture passage, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be” (Mt. 6:21) challenges us to look at how and where we spend our financial resources. As followers of Jesus, we carefully consider the needs of our Church and the poor when developing a household budget. We are stewards, not out obligation but out of gratitude and joy for all God has done for us.