Stewardship is managing resources responsibly. This value calls us to effectively utilize human financial resources. Stewardship calls for processes of evaluation and accountability for the efficient utilization of all resources.
Putting the value of Stewardship into practice, we:
- Honor and respect the property of our clients and staff.
- Accept responsibility for the facility, the environment, and the proper use of your time and supplies.
- Avoid waste. Use all things with care. Recycle when and where you can. Use your work time and break times responsibly.
- Keep the buildings and grounds clean and uncluttered. Pick up light trash or notify housekeeping when appropriate. Notify maintenance when needed.
- Bring your best self to work. Be happy and smile.
In sacred scripture we see God’s calling is for us to serve others:
“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)
“What sort of servant, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you solemnly, he will place him over everything he owns.” (Matthew 24: 45-48)
In church documents we read that we must be good stewards of the gifts God has provided:
“Between all the parts of the Church there remains a bond of close communion whereby they share spiritual riches, apostolic works and temporal resources. For the members of the people of God are called to share these goods in common, and of each of the Churches the words of the Apostle hold good: ‘According to the gift that each has received, administer it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God’.” (Lumen Gentium, 123)
“We know from Scripture that everything we have is a gift from God. We are stewards – managers of the many gifts God has given to us. As Christian stewards, we recognize that all that we are – all that we have – belongs to God, and we are accountable to God for the use of all things. Therefore, we must live and give as Christians, generously sharing our God-given gifts of time, talent and treasure.” (International Catholic Stewardship Campaign, 2003)
Our Patrons remind us of the service we have been entrusted with:
St. Vincent de Paul: “To be involved in the service of Jesus is a sacred trust to which we have been invited.”
St. Louise de Marillac: “Remember, it is the poor that you serve. That it is their money you are using.”