The 55th annual International Catholic Stewardship Conference was held in Atlanta Sept. 27-20. Each year, dioceses across the country are asked to submit materials from annual appeals and stewardship programs.
Out of 57 entries, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City won first place in two separate categories – Annual Appeal and Total Stewardship Effort. The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal is on track to reach its expanded goal of $3.5 million to help fund diocese-wide ministries that impact all parish communities.
The Total Stewardship Effort recognizes the archdiocesan effort to help parishes to more fully utilize electronic giving in Mass offertory, the Living Faith monthly prayer and giving program that supports seminarians, and other initiatives.
"Recognition from our peers in the field is a testament to the leadership of Archbishop Coakley and the dedication of our team," said Peter de Keratry, executive director of Stewardship and Development for the archdiocese.
Archbishop Coakley created the Office of Stewardship and Development in 2016 to elevate the overall stewardship effort and to systemically increase support available for parish and diocesan ministries.
To learn more, go online to www.archokc.org/stewardship.