Nominations open to recognize exceptional acts of Stewardship
“Their gifts are always shared in love and justice.”
That’s the observation Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, has made about the Stewardship of Southeast Texas Catholics. Now he is encouraging the faithful to recognize those who have expressed that Stewardship in an exceptional way by submitting their names for nomination for the individual 2018-19 Faithful Steward Award.
Pastors and parish leadership are also being encouraged to nominate their parish for the Bishop Curtis Guillory Parish Stewardship Award. Nominees will be recognized for their exemplary efforts during the annual Stewardship Awards Ceremony scheduled this year for Aug. 11.
In 2004, the Diocesan Stewardship Council began recognizing Stewardship efforts by individuals and parishes during a yearly awards ceremony. The individual award will be given to the person or persons who have exemplified the Gospel teaching of Stewardship in a profound way between June 2018 and July 2019. The award is named in honor of Msgr. Richard DeStefano, who gave so generously of himself to the local Church.
“Our Diocesan Council wants to remind everyone that the individual award is not given for a body of work, but rather for an effort that took place during that time period,” said Letty Lanza, Director of Stewardship and Communications.
Lanza added that the Council wants to remind parishes that a monetary gift accompanies the parish award.
“We also wanted to remind them that it is not given to the best Stewardship parish because we have bunches of those. Instead it is given to the parish that has made the greatest Stewardship stride during 2018-19,” she said.
The deadline to submit for nomination is June 28.