Msgr. Thomas McGread is the father of parish stewardship. He introduced this message and practice at St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita, KS, in the early 70’s and was instrumental in the writing of the USCCB pastoral letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response.
Giving of our time, our talent and our treasure, and bringing us closer to God, was the message Father Thomas McGread brought to Saint Francis of Assisi parish in Wichita, Kansas when he was appointed pastor in 1968. He brought with him a vision from the words of Saint Peter:
“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)
This vision was then conveyed and began to be lived by the 600 families of the parish. Monsignor McGread’s message was simple: Strive to share our gifts of time, talent and treasure for the service of God and all of His people. Do this out of thanksgiving to God for all that He has given us.