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Grace to you and Peace!

"The International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) is privileged to announce  The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Wichita Kansas, as the 2015 recipient of the Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Award. This award is presented annually to a parish for its outstanding work in Christian stewardship formation in honor of the late Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy.  

"The Archbishop Murphy Award will be presented to Reverend John Jirak at the opening plenary session of the 53rd annual ICSC conference in Chicago, Illinois.

‘Stewardship in the Footsteps of Pope Francis’ is the theme of the 2015 ICSC conference which takes place from October 22 to 25. This annual conference hosts over 1,300 diocesan and parish staff and lay leaders from around the world, who gather together to discover concrete ideas they can take back and implement to promote Christian stewardship in the Catholic tradition.”

The above is an excerpt of the press release announcing our parish as the recipient of the Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Award. What an exciting, humbling and all-together affirming moment for our stewardship formation efforts here at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament.

It is such a blessing for our parish to receive this award. In my mind, it gives us two opportunities. The first, to celebrate the fact that the Holy Spirit is working powerfully in the lives of our parishioners. Pope Francis states that an evangelizing community “is always concerned with fruit because the Lord wants her to be fruitful.” Recognizing that the Lord is working “in our midst” leads to joy and true joy always leads to gratitude.

The second opportunity is share what we have been given. We actually have the opportunity to share with others some best practices regarding the stewardship way of life. We get to live out the message of stewardship, which is to receive God’s gifts “and to share them in love of God and neighbor.”

I would like to thank the hard work of several Blessed Sacrament stewards who prepared our application for the award, including, Randi Marino, Danell Oxler, Sonya Brinkman and Jill Martin.

Of course, I end with Ad majorem Dei gloriam, For the Greater Glory of God!

Rev. John F. Jirak

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