The promotion of the practice of stewardship is important for the mission of the Church and for the spiritual well-being of each individual Christian. Everyone benefits from the sacrificial gift one makes of his time, talent, and treasure." (Mt 28: 19-20).     -Pope Benedict XVI

Stewardship Initiative of the Diocese

The growth of the Church in Idaho presents both new opportunities and new challenges. The number of Catholic worshipers in Idaho is increasing, the demand for services is increasing but the number of priests and religious are decreasing. The good news is that the number of laity being prepared for parish pastoral support for stewardship and leadership roles has never been greater. The Diocese of Boise believes that stewardship is a diocesan priority, sees it as a necessary positive response to these circumstances and is committed over the long term to promote its teachings and practices through all available means.

What is Stewardship?

According to the 1992 U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter, Stewardship: A Disciple's Response a steward is defined as a disciple of Jesus who "receives God's gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly... Read more

Encouraging and Supporting Parish Stewardship

To further the Diocesan Stewardship Initiative each parish of the Diocese of Boise is encouraged to:

  • provide spiritual growth opportunities designed to increase parishioners’ continuing conversion experience
  • establish stewardship as a parish priority and commit to its long term success
  • establish a parish stewardship initiative that is committed to the foregoing definition, principles and these goals.
  • foster year-around stewardship education
  • conduct annual parish appeals of time, talent and treasure with the goal of achieving full participation of its membership
  • to the extent possible, encourage parish attendance at the International Catholic Stewardship Council’s annual conference, Regional ICSC conferences, the annual Diocese of Boise Idaho Catholic Congress, and annual Stewardship Day conferences.

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