Parish Stewardship Education

“A Way of Life in the Diocese of Orange”


To support the mission of the Church to proclaim and teach, to sanctify and serve; the Orange Catholic Foundation (OCF) Parish Stewardship Education ministry fosters the practice of good Christian Stewardship throughout the Diocese of Orange. Individuals, families, parishes, schools and the Pastoral Center itself are called to model Christian stewardship, wherein individuals more fully live their baptismal call to discipleship. The OCF promotes Stewardship through ongoing formation, programming and invitation to the Stewardship way of life, and by providing practical support and tools to assist clergy and lay leaders as they facilitate conversion of heart and the sharing of individual gifts with the Body of Christ.
“…there is a fundamental obligation arising from the Sacrament of Baptism that people place their gifts, their resources, their very selves, at God’s service in and through the Church…”Stewardship: A Disciple's Response - US Catholic Bishops 1992

Cindy and Debbie at ICSC
2015 ICSC Conf Award Photo
2015 ICSC Group Dioc of Orange

Congratulations to the Diocese of Orange for receiving the Total Diocesan Stewardship Effort Award at the 2015 International Catholic Stewardship Conference in (ICSC) Chicago.
Parish delegates from the Diocese of Orange who attended the October 2015 conference in Chicago.


– All 62 Parishes and Centers of the Diocese of Orange
– All Catholic elementary and high schools
– All Clergy and Parish and School leadership
– Conferences, workshops and presentations for clergy and laity
– Quarterly networking meetings for parish leaders to share best practices
– Individual parish consultation to assist with programming, planning and committee development
– Annual Stewardship Weekend materials and guidebook
– Training for Stewardship Renewal
– Stewardship resources (audio, video, past speaker transcripts)
– National Stewardship conference opportunities
The theology of Stewardship is biblically based. Each of us has been entrusted by God with gifts, in the form of our faith, time, talent and resources. God asks us to return a portion of these gifts to support His work on earth. Someday we will be called to give an accounting of how we used those gifts to advance the Kingdom of God. Stewardship is a way of life based on gratitude for all God’s generous gifts.
– Stewardship involves our need to give, rather than giving to a need
– Stewardship is a total way of life, a conversion of mind and heart
– Stewardship is not something we do, it is about who we are, and who we are
– Stewardship is about asking ourselves, “What do we own, and what owns us?”
– Stewardship is an act of worship, rather than an obligation
A steward is someone who takes care of what belongs to someone else, like an administrator or trustee, not an owner. Christian stewards recognize that everything really belongs to God – everything we are and everything we have – and that God will hold us accountable for how we use the many gifts He entrusted to our care. If we truly believe this and experience a conversion of heart, we can’t help but respond with profound gratitude. This gratitude is expressed in our celebration of the Eucharist (the very word means “thanks”) and in the way we live our everyday lives.

The American Bishops describe a Christian steward as:
“One who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.”

Living each day as a good steward means answering our own personal call from Jesus Christ to be his disciple; following his example of loving service to others. Gifts from God are not meant to be kept only for our own use, but to be shared with others so everyone has a share in God’s abundant graces.

2016 Regional XI Stewardship Day2014 Con Pic

Saturday, October 22, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Fatima Parish Center
San Clemente
Co-Hosted by Diocese of Orange and Diocese of San Diego


2016 Region XI Stewardship Conference Webpage

2016 Stewardship Weekend and Renewal

Blessed. Chosen. Sent.

November 5 – 6, 2016

Continuing a commitment to a long-time tradition in the Diocese of Orange, Bishop Kevin Vann encourages all pastors and parishes to observe Stewardship Weekend (the 2nd weekend in November).

All parishes are encouraged to conduct an annual renewal whereby parishioners are invited to make a prayerful, discerned pledge on their commitment of their time, talent and treasure to the parish for the coming year. Workshops are held to provide training to all interested parishes with step-by-step instructions for conducting a renewal.

If a renewal is not conducted, at the very least, all parishes are encouraged to celebrate Stewardship Weekend by distributing Stewardship brochures, publishing bulletin announcements, making pulpit announcements, posting Stewardship posters and including a Stewardship message in the homilies as well as Prayers of the Faithful. Free Stewardship resources and training are made available to every parish to assist them in this initiative.

Saturday, August 20, 2016
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Santiago de Compostela Church
21682 Lake Forest Dr, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Diocesan Pastoral Center
13280 Chapman Ave. Garden Grove, CA 92840

Click here to view flyer


For parish stewardship committees or others who are looking for support and information in forming a stewardship committee or where to start planning. Parishes share their individual parish stewardship journeys and share ideas, encouragement and challenges. Diocesan stewardship efforts also shared.

All are welcome! (Clergy, Stewardship Teams, Pastoral Council members, Finance Council members and interested Staff members).

  • Share ideas, resources, and plans on your parish stewardship journey
  • Or just come and gain from other parish experiences
  • Send one or more from your parish!
  • Bring calendar and time-line for the coming year’s Stewardship efforts
  • Hear about Diocesan Stewardship Initiatives
  • Pick up shared handouts and resources
  • Meet mentors from other parishes
2016 DATES
Dates TBA

Contact Debbie Leaverton at (714) 282-3026 or for further information.

International Catholic Stewardship Conference

Save the Date: October 2 – 5, 2016
The 2016 International Catholic Stewardship Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans from Sunday, Oct. 2 through Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. This national conference will host over 1,200 attendees who will benefit from 79 different workshops to choose from over a 3-day period. Inspiring liturgies, meals and networking opportunities and parish stewardship awards are also included in the program. Scholarship opportunities available for first time attendees.

Contact Debbie Leaverton to learn more at
Register at

2015 Stewardship Night with Leisa Anslinger

Leisa Anslinger was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Priest Stewardship Day and Stewardship Night for the Diocese of Orange. Over 60 priests gathered on 9/21/15 and almost 140 lay leaders from parishes around the Diocese of Orange gathered on 9/22/15 to hear Leisa Anslinger present on “Engaging People as Disciples and Stewards”.
Leisa Anslinger brings extensive experience in parishes and schools to her ministry as an author, presenter, and consultant. She is the Co-Director of Catholic Life and Faith, a resource center for parish staff and parishioners. Leisa regularly presents workshops at the national, regional and diocesan level and facilitates parish leadership and retreat experiences.
This video can be used for parish stewardship teams formation and general parish leadership formation.
Please see PARISH RESOURCES accordion below for handouts and more from Leisa Anslinger’s presentation

2015 Loaves & Fishes Our Sunday Visitor
Stewardship Webinars

Sponsored By: The Orange Catholic Foundation
The OCF sponsored 8 webinars throughout 2015 that benefited parishes in their Stewardship and ministry efforts. Thank you to everyone who participated in these webinars.
View past webinars and handouts here


Reflections on the Pastoral Letter on Stewardship
Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy, former Archbishop of Seattle , WA – USCCB Ad Hoc Committee who wrote Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response. Appropriate for new Stewardship Council formation, Lay Ministry leader formation, Parish Pastoral Council formation, other parish groups.
Our Parish Experience in Developing Stewardship as a way of Way of Life
Father Timothy O’Connor, Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Avon Lake, Ohio
Fr. O’Connor shares how his parish has grown with Stewardship over the years and the practical tools they have used. Appropriate for Stewardship Councils, Pastoral Councils, other parish leadership groups.
Stewardship Education in the Parish
Monsignor Thomas McGread, Pastor Emeritus, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Wichita, KS is a veteran in Stewardship, beginning his Stewardship journey over 30 years ago. Overview of Stewardship and its potential impact in the parish. Appropriate for parish leadership groups, including Stewardship Councils.
The Pillars of Parish Stewardship
Reverand John P. Lanzrath, S.T.L. is a the Director of the Office of Stewardship. Diocese of Wichita. The Pillars of Stewardship and its potential impact in the parish. Appropriate for parish leadership groups, including Stewardship Councils.


2016 REGION XI Stewardship Conference Photos

Tithing Article - Fr. Andrew Kemberling
by Fr. Andrew Kemberling published in the 2/21/16 Orange County Catholic

2016 Stewardship Weekend
and Renewal

Blessed. Chosen. Sent.

November 5 – 6, 2016

Mercy Now

FREE parish resources provided by Catholic Life and Faith
By: Leisa Anslinger and Stephanie Moore

Stewardship Resources for Catholic Schools and Parish R/E Programs

Resource List for Catholic Schools and Parish R/E Programs

Other Parish Stewardship Resources

Following is a list of resources that will help you to understand Stewardship and its meaning and role in our parishes. For parishes beginning the Stewardship journey, the following resources are recommended:

Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response
A Pastoral Letter on Stewardship (available in English and Spanish)

By: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2002 or you may purchase copies by contacting Debbie Leaverton $7.50/copy.
For Stewardship Committees, or general formation for Pastoral or Finance Councils, Pastors, Parochial Vicars and Deacons Broken into 5 sections, it is recommended that as a group you assign a section to be read prior to each meeting and then use the reflections questions at the end of each section for group reflection.

Stewardship by the Book:
Free download from Our Sunday Visitor
Stewardship Diary from Fr. Christopher Smith (Spanish)

Stewardship Clipart

For parishes interested in learning more about Strengths and Engagement

Growing an Engaged Church
by Albert L. Winseman
Available on: Amazon or Gallup Store
Living Your Strengths (Catholic Edition)
by Albert L. Winseman and Donald O. Clifton
Available in English and Spanish
Available at: Gallup Store


2014 Region XI Stewardship Conference

Debra Leaverton
Director, Parish Stewardship Education
Phone: (714) 282-3026
The Orange Catholic Foundation and Diocese of Orange are members of the International Catholic Stewardship Council