Long before there was a definition for stewardship, the spirit of it was alive in the small town of Pilsen, Kansas. The Four Pillars of Stewardship, hospitality, prayer, formation, and service, were a natural part of the faith community.
It was there where Fr. Emil Kapaun was formed as a disciple of Christ and where his desire to become a priest was a response to the gifts he was given by God. Father Kapaun lived out the Four Pillars Stewardship throughout his life, and it was in the prison camps of Korea where he demonstrated the spirituality of stewardship in a powerful way.
As we prepare to embark on our annual “Requesting Stewards for a Vibrant Parish” (RSVP) campaign, the parish will offer the “Stewardship Series”, produced by the Kapaun’s Men organization, as our fall faith formation class. The series will explore the Four Pillars of Stewardship and living stewardship as a way of life set forth by the example of Fr. Kapaun. It is the hope that the witness of the men and women featured in the Series will provide an appreciation for the power of stewardship to transform the ordinary things in life to extraordinary encounters with God (Stewardship Series, Kapaun’s Men).
Each of the five sessions of the “Stewardship Series” will be held on Tuesday evenings, at 7:00 p.m. (room TBD), and will be approximately one hour in length. The first session will be Tuesday, September 12. Although the “Stewardship Series” was originally produced as a formation opportunity for men, Fr. Kapaun’s examples of living stewardship as a way of life are universal. As we continue to work together in doing God’s good work through our vibrant parish, all men AND women of the parish and are invited and encouraged to participate in this spiritual formation opportunity.
“The grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and receives God’s gifts and shares those gifts in love of God and neighbor.”