Stewardship as a way of life began at St. Francis of Assisi in 1968 when Monsignor Thomas McGread arrived as Pastor. There were approximately 600 families in the Parish at that time. He did not come empty handed, as he brought with him a vision from the words of St. Peter, "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace." ( I Peter 4:10 )
This vision was not to be denied. Father Tom's message was simple: Strive to share our gifts of time, talent and treasure for the service of God and all His people. We do this out of thanksgiving to God for all that He has given to us. Having initiated the Stewardship Way of Life, he encouraged the parish to grow and prosper in unity, harmony and spirituality.
How Many Parishioners Participate?
The answer is always changing and probably known only by God. St. Francis is a very active parish of over 2,700 families, more than 300 parishioners participating in Perpetual Adoration, some 700 students attending the Parish grade school and Pre-School, another 300 participating in the Parish School of Religion program and more than 250 attending the area Catholic high school. There are approximately 90 organizations active in the parish, made up of more than 2,100 volunteers. The Stewardship Way of Life has also significantly contributed to helping develop 12 priests and 10 religious from St. Francis since 1968.