Still time to acknowledge Stewardship
Hurricane Laura and the recovery that is taking place because of her has caused the 2019-2020 Stewardship Awards to be delayed until Sunday, October 11. But, there is a silver lining to that black cloud! You now have more time to submit a name for nomination for the Msgr. Richard DeStefano award. And pastors and Parish Stewardship Committees have more time to self-nominate for the Bishop Curtis Guillory Parish Award.
The new deadline for both is Sept. 28. Only stewardship efforts that occurred between July 1, 2019, and Sept. 6, 2020, will be considered for both awards.
“This will allow those submitting for either the parish or individual award to include Stewardship efforts that were made to help with Hurricane Laura recovery,” said Letty Lanza, Director of Stewardship and Communications.
The ceremony will take place at Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School, Beaumont. Attendance at the event will be very limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, families and friends will be able to watch the ceremony via live stream through the Diocese of Beaumont YouTube channel and on this website. The ceremony will get underway at 3 pm.
“It’s been a tough year for all of us,” Lanza said. “But, I think that has made us go even deeper into our spiritual life and trust God as we may have never done before. We have shown great care for our brothers and sisters, for the community. That’s what Stewardship is all about.”
The Diocesan Stewardship Awards were created in 2004 to recognize the Stewardship efforts of individuals and parishes. The individual award will be given to the person or persons who have exemplified the Gospel teaching of Stewardship in a profound way between July 1, 2019, and Sept. 6. The individual award is not given for a body of work, but rather for an effort that took place during that time period. The award is named in honor of the late Msgr. Richard DeStefano, the first director of the restructured Stewardship and Development Office who had a major impact on the teaching of Stewardship in Southeast Texas and helped parishes organize and develop their first Parish Stewardship Committees.
The Bishop Curtis Guillory award is given to the parish or mission that has made the greatest leap in its Stewardship Journey during that same time period. It is named for Bishop Emeritus Curtis Guillory who began the diocese’s 20-year journey to Stewardship.
“During my episcopacy, our diocese placed a great emphasis on the Catholic teaching of Stewardship as our people have journeyed together to share their gifts in love and justice. We have come to understand on an even deeper level that each of us is totally dependent on the love of our Creator and interdependent with each other.” Those were Bishop Guillory’s comments earlier this year prior to his retirement as he announced the opening of submissions for both awards.