A stewardship program for the Catholic schools of the Diocese of El Paso was created to provide students with the opportunity to begin a life-long pattern of stewardship in the use of their time, talent and treasure.
The project mirrors the diocese's annual Progress Appeal in that students are given a flyer on stewardship which provides space for them to commit to a project to use their time and talent and then to use their treasure to pledge a given amount annually to the Diocese of El Paso Catholic Schools Scholarship Trust Fund in gratitude for their own Catholic education. Students have a series of formal lessons on stewardship and are then given the flyers to complete as to how they will use their time, talent and treasure. The annual Progress Appeal is used to fund the ministries of the diocese. The Student Stewardship in Action program is used to build up the principal of the Scholarship Trust Fund so that other students will be afforded the same opportunity to receive a Catholic education.
The program is a joint effort on the part of the Office of Education and the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso's Progress. Stewardship as a way of life is being promoted by the diocese in the parishes, and therefore, we are encouraging our students to begin a life-long pattern of giving. Progress encourages the faithful to give 10% of their income: 5% to their parish community, 3% to Progress to fund the needs of diocesan ministries, and 2% to other charities of their choice. We are asking students to give their time and talent to various projects in the school and civic communities and to give $1 for each year that they have been in a Catholic school.