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8,1993 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 Development Office hospitality and getting people oriel al • ................ 00l;U,,o0000Ocesan office, catalyst_ for stewardsh00'p conversion" :tl: . mg is another in a loner/stewardship program fice initiated its stewardship substantial endowment for a hospitalit r, ': ii![er es°f.articles about offices for participating parishes), renewal efforts, Sunday col- Catholic school; when a involved. ::| "'"eUiocese of Evansville. 4. Annual Deanery Wills lections throughout the die- parish realizes that steward- | Staff Seminar Series (seven semi- cese increased a total of ship is not about raising to C • $301,817. Since 1985, total money, it's about people and • ,.::- . justin Clements is dioce- LthOllC'll San " diocesan Sunday collections families and Christian com- -withdevel°pmenan office at t income has risen an average munity; it's about true Eu- :Center, Evansvilh ::[ Meredith [ |for Several |i in.cluding )pment director, at the Catholic . Marcella serves as secretary • ral diocesan offices, the development fie you serve? anSWer to this question Ires a fundamental un- Lg of the nature of opment which haracterized by one • hip. A dioce- alOpment office los- promotes steward- the way of life for This involves ac- Id programs which on Catholic faith pture and are filled istian values. The ese programs and Is to help each person's faith to me- the point of con- Choosing to follow lel of sacrifice and t point the indi- acknowledges essings come from Je, accepts responsibility to a portion of those time, talent and to God for the up of His Kingdom. office as- COopertes with es, schools and other Organizations in toward full dis- good stew- charist: sacrifice and thanks- giving; it's about Time and Talent and welcoming and dirvany people do you 13- J quect? Pro;rPaemnding on the type of Vel* or activity, the De- . e ent Office directly af- fects every Catholic in south- Western lnd!ana, or every Par.lshloner In a particular Parish, Qr every family l.n a cllool. The Ii (below • st of serwces c- J Clemonstrates the uP e of development office Ctivities and tlcatio ._ provides an in- re a:" o.t how many people fecte.rectly or indirectly af- --'hat Services do you Qffr? Pr is a partial list of the rerltaarid services cur- the !ulterecl or dlrectedebY 'OCesan Develop Office. rlla'l Tb_° Bishop's Fund/An- OCesan A e • "-. r ' pp al. lleWalr h Stewardship Re- 3 T' ' ,Onversions. titll ne Brutd Societ an- " OUtstanding pYrsh- nars each Fall: one in each deanery). 5. The Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana, Inc. (a new institution of the dio- cese devoted to long-term fi- nancial security through the establishment of perpetual endowments for parishes, schools and other diocesan needs). 6. Memorial and Honor Giving Program for parishes and schools. 7. Grant writing for dioce- san needs. 8. Fundraising for specific diocesan programs and pro- jects such as The Fund for - Retired Priests. 9. Consulting with parishes, schools and other diocesan organizations re- garding fundraising, capital fund drives, grant writing, marketing and long-range planning. 10. Catholic schools' affin- ity credit card (the "Tradi- tion" card). 11. Working with individ- ual donors and their legal and tax advisors regarding their estate plans: trusts, bequests, endowments, etc. Describe your relationship with parishes and parish leaders. Overall, the Development Office serves as a catalyst for stewardship conversion throughout the diocese. Specifically, the Develop- menX Office provides pro- grams, services, materials, training, consultation, facili- tation, and serves as a re- source for any parish, school or other organization engaged in stewardship development projects and activities. of $825,000 per year, much of which is the result of parish stewardship renewals sup- ported by the Development Office. • Almost $2 million of the $3 million needed for The Fund for Retired Priests was raised through efforts di- rected by the Development Office. • The Development Office has been actively involved in securing trusts and endow- ments for local and diocesan needs totalling almost $3 mil- lion in the past five years. • The Catholic Schools Affinity Credit Card program initiated by the Development Office is presently generating approximately $45,000 a year for the Catholic schools of our diocese. But the greatest successes of the Development Office are individual, very private, and very personal and are much closer to the real meaning of stewardship: when a Catholic first experiences the joy and liberation of accepting stew- ardship as a way of life; when a parishioner chooses to in- clude a bequest in his or her will for the Church; when a joyful donor establishes a I wish more people knew about.., • . . the sense of freedom ad peace that comes with  accepting stewardship as the  way of life for a Disciple of Jesus. ;: Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger presents the Brute medallion to John Meyer, a member of Good Shepherd Church, Evans. ville, during initiation ceremonies Nov. 8. The Brute Society was established through the efforts of the Development Office in 1990. The purpose of the society is to acknowledge exem- plary Christian stewardship as the way of life for all south. western Indiana Catholics, to publicly give witness to the unity of the parishes and people of the diocese, and to pro- vide an annual inspirational celebration for the local Church. -- file photo ,r ...... .... ........ !, I Julie Schutz of Jasper is the winner of dinner for two at the Ra-disson Inn, Evansville. i i I Her entry was picked at random from the correct entries received in last month's Catholic I Quiz. I i How do you measure your success? One obvious measure of a development department's success is the amount of money raised. We can point to several significant finan- cial successes in recent years: • Since its inception in ! 1982, the Annual Diocesan ! Appeal (The Bishop's Fund) l has helped parishes raise ! ! over $12 million for their ! needs. I ! • since 1985, 33 parishes ! have participated at least par- ! ! tially in the Development Of- ! rice's stewardship renewal i program. Total increases in ! parish Sunday collections di- ! I rectly attributable to these re- ! newals exceed $1 million. I From 1984 to 1985, which ! ! was the diocesan fiscal year ! before the Development Of- ! ! •  Your name I I I I Schutz correctly noted that Bishop Gettelfinger had compared the diocesan mission I statement with school uniforms• They both help provide identity and recognition. I I ! ! I Schutz also correctly completed the list of the "primary pastoral issues" which are I ! reprinted in this issue of the Message. ! ! ! l If you know the answers to the following questions, you may win overnight lodging for ! I two or an afternoon pool party for eight at the Radisson Inn, Evansville• Entries should be re- I I ceived by Jan. 22, at the Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724-0169. I I I I 1. How many people will a parish send to a deanery synod assembly? I I I I I ! , ! Box 6B • Montgomery, Indiana 47558 Traylor Phone: 486-3285 "A family name y0u can trust" Miller & Miller 2. Where will the Deanery Synod Assemblies be held? 74 I II I I I I II Address I ! I I I City/State/Zip I ! Telephone : [ ! ! ! I ! ! , J