About


PURPOSE STATEMENT

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.

Twenty-four delegates from the Diocese of Orange attended the 2017 International Catholic Stewardship Council Conference in Atlanta, GA September 17-20, 2017.
The Total Stewardship Effort award for excellence was received on behalf of the Diocese of Orange for our ongoing stewardship efforts.

What We Provide

  • 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

Who We Serve

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    All 62 Parishes and Centers of the Diocese of Orange

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    All Catholic elementary and high schools

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    All Clergy and Parish and School leadership

Congratulations to the Diocese of Orange for receiving the Second Place Award for Total Diocesan Stewardship Effort at the 2015 International Catholic Stewardship Conference (ICSC) in Chicago.

What is a Christian Steward?

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.”

What is the Meaning of Stewardship?

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

What does it mean to live the Stewardship way of life?

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.