The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal:
Making Christ Visible in Southern Illinois
REPORT TO THE LAITY
(March, 2018 - February, 2019)
The CSMA Agency Allocation and Accountability Committee Members
Mr. William Barbieri, Belleville • The Rev. Thomas Barrett, Vienna • Mrs. Barbara Burke, Dahlgren
Sister Barbara Jean Franklin, A.S.C., Red Bud • Mr. William Harper, III, Murphysboro • Sister Annette Kaba, O.S.F., Belleville
Ms. Kathy Mulvin, Centralia • The Rev. Joseph Oganda, DuQuoin • The Rev. Edward Schaefer, St. Rose
Sister Diane Turner, S.S.N.D., Carlyle • The Rev. Msgr. Marvin Volk, Millstadt • The Rev. Ronald Weber, Lawrenceville
Mrs. Kathryn Wolsing, Benton • Mr. James Zwilling, Olney
Diocesan Staff: Mr. Michael Gibbons, Ms. Kathleen Hunt, Ms. Judy Phillips
Dear Friends in Christ,
"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace." 1 Peter 4:10
The life of a Christian steward models the life of Jesus. It is challenging and even difficult in many respects, yet intense joy comes to those who take the risk to live as Christian stewards. Women and men who seek to live as stewards learn that “…all things work for good for those who love God". Romans 8:28.
After Jesus, we look to Mary as an ideal steward. As the Mother of Christ, she lived her ministry in a spirit of fidelity and service; she responded generously to the call. We must ask ourselves: Do we also wish to be disciples of Jesus Christ and Christian stewards of our world and our Church? Central to our human and Christian vocations, as well as to the unique vocation each one of us receives from God, is that we be good stewards of the gifts we possess. God gives us this divine-human workshop, this world and Church of ours.
The Spirit shows us the way. Stewardship is a part of that journey.
- To be a Christian Steward: U.S. Bishop's Pastoral Letter on Stewardship
With sincere humility and respect, we remain,
members of The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal
Agency Allocation and Accountability Committee