The Department of Administration, Stewardship & Development conducts the financial affairs of the Central Administration. In keeping with our Diocesan Mission Statement, we are committed to responsible stewardship of our financial resources.
To assist us in our ongoing goal of responsible financial stewardship, the department supports the Diocesan Finance Council (DFC). The DFC is made up of members from religious, financial, legal and technological backgrounds. They advise the bishop on financial matters, including departmental budgets and financial planning for parish growth. With the continuing growth of our parish families, we are grateful to be able to avail ourselves of their expertise.
In addition to planning for new parish growth it is equally important that we ensure that our established parishes are maintained in a manner that will allow them to continue well into the 21st century. To that end, in 2001 the position of Diocesan Facilities Management Coordinator was established to coordinate action on building decisions made by the bishop and the Diocesan Building Commission (DBC). As with the DFC, the DBC is made up of members from religious, financial, legal and technological backgrounds. They advise the bishop on the planning of any new parish building or renovation project.
The Department of Administration, Stewardship & Development oversees and administers the diocesan insurance plans including property and liability insurance, medical and dental insurance, the flexible spending account and the retirement plans for both Clergy and Lay employees. Our staff also takes care of the day-to-day details of accounts payable, payroll, facilities management and overseeing diocesan investments. Department personnel also conduct parish administrative reviews with the principal purpose of assisting the Pastor and the parish staff and volunteers to be more effective in meeting the responsibilities of stewardship of the parish financial resources.
A primary role is overseeing the redemption phase of Fruitful Harvest, the diocese’s biennial fund-raising appeal. Fruitful Harvest funds allow us to not only support the bishop’s diocesan offices and programs, but also numerous charities, both national and international. However, historically, the greatest beneficiaries of Fruitful Harvest are the parishes.
P.O. Box 260
Lafayette, IN 47902-0260
610 Lingle Avenue
Lafayette, IN 47901-1740