Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

Stewardship Conference


A Disciple's Response


The Most Reverend Paul J. Swain,
Bishop, Diocese of Sioux Falls


Most Reverend Robert Morneau,
Aux. Bishop Emeritus, Green Bay, WI



The Most Reverend Donald J. Kettler,
Bishop, Diocese of Saint Cloud

This two-day conference will provide an opportunity to gather with many parish and diocesan staff from the ten Catholic dioceses in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Participants will learn best practices in Catholic stewardship and development, gain new ideas and valuable training to further the work of stewardship in our communities.


11:00 Mass with Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, Sioux Falls, SD - Church

12:00 Lunch - Fellowship Hall

12:30 Opening Keynote - Fellowship Hall

Spirituality of Stewardship
Presenter: Most Reverend Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay

1:45 Breakout Session 1 - Multi-Purpose Room, Classroom A, Classroom B

3:00 Breakout Session 2 - Multi-Purpose Room, Classroom A, Classroom B

4:00 Networking Social - Fellowship Hall

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018

8:15 Mass with Most Reverend Robert F. Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Green Bay - Church

9:00 Breakfast - Fellowship Hall

9:45 Breakout Session 3 - Multi-Purpose Room, Classroom A, Classroom B

11:00 Breakout Session 4 - Multi-Purpose Room, Classroom A, Classroom B

12:00 Lunch - Fellowship Hall

12:30 Closing Keynote - Fellowship Hall

Nurturing Stewardship in a Small, Rural Parish or Ministry
Presenter: Most Reverend Donald J. Kettler, Bishop of St. Cloud

1:45 Closing - Fellowship Hall

Dr. Chris Burgwald

Director of Adult Discipleship and Evangelization
Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

Born and raised as a Catholic in a small town in central Minnesota, Chris stopped practicing his faith in college until a “chance” encounter his junior year brought him back to the faith. The flame that was ignited then ultimately led him to an adult life spent deepening his own faith, sharing it with others and learning how to help other Catholics do the same. Together with his wife Germaine and their five children, Chris lives in Sioux Falls, where he has served the Diocese as the Director of Adult Discipleship & Evangelization since 2002.

Dan Conway

Senior Vice President of GP Catholic Services

Dan Conway is a leader in the field of mission advancement who has helped redefine the meaning of stewardship in the Catholic Church in the United States and beyond. Since 1979, Dan has worked with dozens of Catholic dioceses, seminaries, religious communities, parishes, and schools in the areas of planning, communications, stewardship education, and fundraising. He has served as chief development officer for Marian University and three Roman Catholic archdioceses (Louisville, Indianapolis, and Chicago), and has provided consulting leadership for diocesan capital stewardship campaigns throughout the United States. Dan is a graduate of Saint Meinrad College (BA), Indiana University (MA), and St. Meinrad School of Theology (MRE).

Darryl Dziedzic

Youth Minister, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Altamonte Springs, FL

Actively involved in ministry for over 17 years, Mr. Dziedzic currently serves as the youth minister at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Altamonte Springs, FL and is the spiritual/theological advisor for Adventure Catholic, a teen leadership formation experience. Drawing from his business, family life, and ministerial experiences Coach D, as he is affectionately called, addresses the challenges facing young Catholics, often through speaking engagements before hundreds of people. Mr. Dziedzic holds a master’s degree in theology from St. Leo University, in St. Leo, Florida and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minor in theology from St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, Florida.

Fr. Chuck Huck

Pastor, St. Philip Parish, Bemidji, MN

Fr. Chuck was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Crookston in 2006. Fr. Chuck has seven children (three of which were adopted) and 14 grandchildren. After his wife, Valerie, died in 2000 of ovarian cancer, he felt a renewed call to the priesthood. Father has baptized many of his grandchildren, heard their first reconciliations, celebrated First Eucharist, welcomed a daughter-in-law into the church, and officiated at two of the weddings of his children. God blesses each of us with gifts and asks us to use them in daily life. Being a good steward of the gifts is important in family, parish and community life. Currently serving as Pastor of St. Philip’s Catholic Community in Bemidji, which includes a church, school, Holy Spirit Newman Center, and St. Charles Church in Pennington, provides Father with opportunities to be a steward of the gifts God has given him.

Michael Laughery

Financial Consultant

Mike Laughery has invested 20 years in the for profit world and the last 9 years working for Catholic parishes and serving the church. His expertise is in financial management, church management and technology utilization, but his passion is for helping others live daily giving back to God all they have received. Mike lives with his family in Prior Lake, MN where he plays “hobby farmer” at night and works with his wife, Renee, to raise their most valuable crop: their children. Mike currently works for Catholic Finance Corporation which serves Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and dioceses around the country on all things financial.



Session 1 - Do You Speak Stewardship-eze? Part I
Presenter: Fr. Chuck Huck, Pastor, St. Philip Parish, Bemidji, MN

In this session you will learn:

  • How changing the way you speak can change how they think
  • How to preach and communicate stewardship effectively
  • How Stewardship Sunday can be every Sunday
  • How often you should talk about money and how to do it

Session 2 - Do You Speak Stewardship-eze? Part II
Panelists: Msgr. Gerald Mahon, Pastor, St. John the Evangelist, Rochester, MN; Fr. Chuck Huck, Pastor, St Philip Parish, Bimidji, MN

This session will be an open dialogue to share and discuss best practices on preaching, communicating, and living the stewardship way of life to inspire people to respond as a disciple.

Session 3 - Engaging the Millennial Stewards
Presenter: Darryl Dziedzic, Youth Minister, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Altamonte Springs, FL

Looking for a “kick in the Faith?” Then this talk is for you. Not only will you enjoy an energetic, dynamic presentation, but you’ll also learn how to become a more engaging minister in the process. “To engage another, we must become more engaging.” - Coach D

Session 4 - Capital Campaign - When is the Right Time and Where Do I Start?
Panelists:  Jim Messa, Cathedral Corporation; Sarah Schmall, CCS Fundraising; Matt Vuorela, Steier Group

Do you think a capital campaign might be in your future or wonder if it should be? Ask any questions running through your mind and hear from the experts what has worked well and what hasn’t for both large and small parishes.



Session 1 - What’s in Your Tool Box? Implementing and Maintaining a Strong Stewardship Program Through Effective Communication
Panelists: Tim Potrikus, Liturgical Press, Inc. (LPi); Maryhelen Chadwick, Director of Stewardship & Communications, St. Philips Parish, Bemidji, MN

Learn how utilizing your weekly bulletin, website, parish app, and other social media tools can increase and enhance parishioners’ involvement in your parish and its mission.

Session 2 - Establishing the Roots of an Effective Stewardship Program
Panelists: Katie Herzing, Our Sunday Visitor; Fr. Chuck Cimpl, Pastor, Holy Spirit Parish, Sioux Falls; Shawna Hanson, Director of Stewardship, Diocese of Rapid City

In this session you will learn how to effectively discover what is missing in your ministry that addresses the needs of the people. You will also be given a road map and tools to use when getting started.

Session 3 - Stewardship 101: Where Do We Begin?
Presenter: Michael Laughery, Financial Consultant

Often parishes begin a stewardship initiative because they need to raise capital. But, stewardship is not only about raising money, it is a critical part of discipleship. It is important for a parish to create a holistic approach stewardship to maintain the overall health of the parish. We will discuss the components of a complete stewardship: Prayer, participation and generosity.

Session 4 - Increasing Your Weekly Offertory (Giving, Praying, Serving)
Panelists: Jim Tidabeck, Our Sunday Visitor; Jeremy Sorenson, Finance Committee Chair, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Sioux Falls

With ever expanding needs in parishes and ministries, increasing the weekly offering of giving, praying and serving continues to be a challenge. In this session presenters will share effective ways to inspire more engagement and support by creating intentional disciples.



Session 1 - Responding as a Disciple Through Prayer
Presenter: Dr. Chris Burgwald Director of Adult Discipleship and Evangelization Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

If Stewardship is the response of a disciple, what does it mean to be a disciple? It means to be in
relationship with Jesus Christ, and the name of that relationship is prayer. In this breakout session, Dr. Chris Burgwald will offer some thoughts on what prayer is and how we can pray more faithfully and
fruitfully in today’s busy world.

Session 2 - God Gave You Super Powers!
Presenter: Dr. Chris Burgwald Director of Adult Discipleship and Evangelization Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls

Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation God has given each of us particular abilities and talents that He expects us to use to build up His Kingdom. What are these gifts, how do I know which ones I have, and how do I put them to use? Those are the questions that Dr. Chris Burgwald will address in this breakout session.

Session 3 - What Do I Own and What Owns Me? Reflections on the Spirituality of Stewardship
Presenter: Dan Conway, Senior Vice President of GP Catholic Services

This question is key to the understanding and practice of stewardship as a way of life. Everything that we have, and all that we are, comes to us as a gift from our loving God, the true owner of all things. How do we live this profound spiritual insight? By following the examples of Jesus, Mary, and all the saints. By making stewardship a way of life.

Session 4 - Stewardship: A Missionary Disciple’s Response: Keeping Stewardship Alive and Fresh in the Parish
Presenter: Dan Conway, Senior Vice President of GP Catholic Services

Stewardship is not just about money but about something much more fundamental: how we respond to God’s call to be disciples of Christ and how we live out that response in our daily lives. In a simple,
practical, and concise style, Dan will explain why stewardship is an essential aspect of Christian living.

For more information contact Audrey Anderson at (605) 988-3748