2020 Stewardship Week Virtual Conference: Gathered, Nourished and Sent

  • 9:30 a.m.

“Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ,
stewardship is not an option.”

— Bishop John J. McRaith

Join Catholics from around the diocese “virtually” for three mornings of education, conversation and best practices for fostering stewardship in our parishes/Area Catholic Communities.
There is no fee for this year’s event. Please invite any parish staff members and parishioners to register.





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Virtual conference schedule for the week:


Fun facts about stewardship and other information about the week will be distributed via email and social media.

The virtual meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with introductions and prayer. The workshop will be presented from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. which will include time for small online breakouts and Q&A.

The Road to Emmaus: The Spirituality of Stewardship

Two discouraged disciples unexpectedly met the risen Jesus on the road. St. Luke tells us one of them was named Cleopas. Who was the other one? Unpacking the familiar walk to Emmaus outlines the four pillars of stewardship: hospitality, prayer, formation, and service. How can we let the Word burn within our hearts through the opening of Scripture and the breaking of the Bread?

If you attended the webinar, “The Road to Emmaus: The Spirituality of Stewardship” please feel free to fill out the linked survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/22VM98J

About the Speaker

Fr. Tom Knoblach is the pastor of Annunciation Parish in Mayhew Lake and Sacred Heart Parish in Sauk Rapids.

The virtual meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with introductions and prayer. The workshop will be presented from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. which will include time for small online breakouts and Q&A.



The Four Pillars in Your Community

Take a walk with Fr. Greg. He will be leading us, not on the road to Emmaus, but through a Stewardship Way of Life. Is hospitality more than having greeters? How can we measure prayer? Who should be the focus of our stewardship formation? Is service really that important? Come learn some ways to incorporate the four pillars of stewardship in parish life.

About the Speaker

Fr. Greg Paffel is the pastor of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Sauk Centre, St. Paul Parish in Sauk Centre, St. Alexius Parish in West Union, St. Francis de Sales Parish in Belgrade, St. Donatus Parish in Brooten and Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Elrosa.

The virtual meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with introductions and prayer. The workshop will be presented from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. (10:15-10:30 is for Q&A)

Communicating Stewardship in the Digital Age

For most parishes, digital communication is an afterthought. In his presentation, Tommy will discuss how digital platforms, including email communications, the parish website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media vehicles are vital evangelization tools for parishes. He will give concrete examples of how delivering a consistent stewardship message digitally will help connect parishioners to the parish and ultimately draw them into a deeper relationship with Christ.

About the Speaker

Tommy Rose has been a client manager/digital marketing manager for Catholic Stewardship Consultants (CSC), an Evans, Ga. based firm, for more than 10 years. Tommy works with other senior management to direct and oversee all aspects of client engagement, including client management, service implementation, service development, client relations and capital campaign management. He provides oversight for CSC digital marketing and social media outlets, oversees support-staff training and development, and works to further develop CSC’s culture of high performance and continuous improvement by providing the highest quality services to clients. Tommy oversees annual planning and coordinating of Stewardship Renewals, conducts parish leadership workshops, administers capital campaigns and provides general counsel to his parish clients. Currently living in Aiken, S.C., Tommy’s previous work experience includes client services director for Fuzati, a national Catholic digital marketing firm, and design manager and sales executive for The Augusta Chronicle. Tommy is a parishioner of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and is a college football fanatic and golf enthusiast.

Panel discussion: Sharing stewardship best practices from our parishes and ACCs from 11 a.m. to Noon with closing comments from Noon to 12:15 p.m.

About the Panelists

Randy Meyer and his wife, Joan, reside in Alexandria with their two college-age daughters. They have been members of St. Mary’s Parish in Alexandria since moving to the area in October 2002. Randy is employed with ITW Heartland as their plant manager. He enjoys serving in several parish ministries, including Stewardship Committee, Eucharistic Adoration Committee, usher/hospitality, Let’s Talk and REC jail ministries, Habitat for Humanity and Knights of Columbus. He has also served a three-year term on the Pastoral Council.



Ione Koep is a member of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Fergus Falls. In 2013, she became a member of the newly formed parish Stewardship Council and attended a Catholic stewardship conference that summer. Her involvement in stewardship in her parish included serving as chairperson for several years. Their focus was (and continues to be) promotion of stewardship as a way of life. This was accomplished by reaching parishioners with the parish newsletter, Welcoming Committee, Annual Stewardship Renewal, Ministry Fair, lay-witness talks, sponsoring missions and retreats, and developing various sub-committees to promote/strengthen relationships within the parish.



 Fr. Mark Innocenti is pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Elk River.






Fr. Mitchell Bechtold is pastor of Christ the King Parish in Browerville and the St. Joseph Parish in Clarissa.




Evaluations, stewardship resources and other information will be distributed via email.


If you are new to Zoom, below are links to guides that will help you get familiar with the service.