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From St. Frances Xavier Cabrini:

“We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success, but on Jesus alone.”

St. Vincent de Paul



For more than a hundred and fifty years, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge has offered a clear mission of ministry and service to our hungry, homeless and needy neighbors. The Society is “a network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need, offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering.”

One of this year’s recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust grant, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge offers dozens of programs and services to those in need in our community: food services, shelter and housing, distribution centers and stores, a Uniforms for Kids program, prescription services, disaster relief and the Thirst for Justice legal clinic for underprivileged clients. Your contributions, along with gifts and grants, support their life-saving work. Give online by visiting


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Works of Mercy Trust


In 1991, Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust to help fund area ministries through annual awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Five worthy beneficiaries received grant awards this spring. The following organizations epitomize the kind of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was well known, and each is a fine addition to the list of honored recipients: the Way to Work Program at HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge; Metanoia Inc., to assist with creating a Sensory Therapy Room for human trafficking survivors; St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, to support their dentistry program; St. Agnes Catholic Church for cafeteria maintenance and renovations; and Manners of the Heart, to produce a Spanish translation of their book Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World. With thanks for their devotion to the needs of others, congratulations to each worthy recipient.


“As a matter of equality, your surplus at the present time should supply their needs, so that their surplus may also supply your needs, that there may be equality.”

(2 Corinthians 8:13b-14; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


Seeds of Instruction

From the Stewardship Today Archives, July 2011

Squirrels may be simple scavengers, but they are resourceful ones. Much of their diet is readily gathered from the base of trees, along sidewalk edges, and in collecting pockets as diverse as shingled roof valleys and blocked aluminum gutters. Encased in its protective shell, the meat of an acorn is a ready supply of food for the excitable squirrel just as it comes, resting right there on the soil. Yet, when consumed by that rich earth, its inherent potential yields more than food, for an oak provides sustenance, shade and shelter for many more animals and for people, too. A simple, innocuous seed is a truly miraculous more

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Planned Giving

Invest in Our Future

An endowed gift to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge today provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website:

“Nothing is mine. I no longer have anything but Jesus. No place, no thing, no person, no thought, no feelings, no honors, no suffering can turn me away from Jesus. He is for me honor, delight, heart and soul.”      

                                                                                      St. Bernadette Soubirous

July 2020 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


Stewardship Today
Comes to an End




In a year of significant and pervasive change, the Baton Rouge Catholic Diocese Office of Stewardship has come to the end of an era in publishing stewardship and fundraising materials. With this mid-year edition of our monthly online newsletter, Stewardship Today will cease publication. This July issue is our last.

Begun as an occasional print piece nearly two decades ago, Stewardship Today—also distributed as The Stewardship Times and Stewardship Select—was the creation of the department’s founder and longtime director, the late Mark Blanchard. Mark envisioned a free set of devotional articles intended to provide both instruction and encouragement to anyone interested in a life of meaningful Catholic stewardship. To his credit, regular subscribers found each issue a worthwhile resource, helping us to honor God’s call “as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10b).

To all of you who returned the favor—who read each month’s material, shared our goals, and passed along your thoughts, thank you for your lasting support and insightful engagement. We minister together as God’s people, and it has been a privilege to serve with you. Please accept our gratitude for “your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:5). 

The Stewardship of Prayer

steward july2020A House of Prayer

The kids had finally settled down, and Brian was asleep on the couch. They hadn’t meant to argue, but the financial pressures of the last few months were beginning to take their toll on Marie and her husband. She’d loved him since they were kids themselves. Who could have predicted cutbacks at the plant would follow unexpected medical bills? Brian said they’d be fine, and she wanted to believe him. They had survived difficulties before, but she’d been more in tune with her faith then. Marie decided to take a short walk. . . .read more

Faith Enough to Wait a Long, Long Time
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry july2020A Burden, Light and Easy

To the weary and the burdened, Jesus offered wonderful solace and hope. “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest,” he said. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Matthew 11:28-30). At first glance, the passage is both comforting and perplexing. To those exhausted from labor, Jesus promised rest. Yet how can rest involve a burden? . . .read more


Ruth, a True Heroine ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

finance july2020A Fruitful Environment


Ed purchased the best plants for his new garden. He tilled the soil, and studied hard, making sure he was ready for pests, disease and the inevitable quirks of regional weather. He watered and waited for his plants to produce a harvest. Before they reached a foot or two, though, some had begun to yellow. They looked weak, and the few that produced fruit seemed far too anemic to support new growth. Puzzled, he rechecked his work, determined to isolate the cause. Finally, he returned to the nursery and sought the advice of an expert. The nursery owner recognized the problem immediately.. . .read more


So, Where Is That, Exactly? ... read more

If the bond of your communion is love, devotion, and Christian perfection, then your friendship will be precious indeed: precious because it has its origins in God, because it is maintained in God, and because it will endure forever in him.”   

                                                                               St. Francis de Sales


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