The Diocese of Crookston received the Award for Excellence in Total Foundation Effort from the International Catholic Stewardship Council’s (ICSC) 55th annual conference, held Sept. 17-20 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The Diocese of Crookston received the Award for Excellence in Total Foundation Effort from the International Catholic Stewardship Council’s (ICSC) 55th annual conference, held Sept. 17-20 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The award-winning brochure was designed and produced by Becky Rosche of Ye’Ole Print Shoppe, with content written by Bishop Michael Hoeppner and Director of Stewardship and Development Director, Reathel Giannonatti.  The brochure features the ordination of the Diocese’s newest priest, Fr. Matthew Schmitz and was crafted to support funding the seminarian education endowment as well as the Priest’s Retirement Trust. It is called Strengthening Our Future, Honoring Our Past.

    “It was great to accept an award for the Diocese of Crookston, especially to be acknowledged by an incredible organization like ICSC. Most of my training has come from attending their challenging quality conferences,” said Giannonatti, “Becky and I began the work on the brochure with a design foundation that came from our former graphic designer Lisa Hatlestad. Bishop Hoeppner enjoyed the format Lisa created and so Becky and I worked over several months to build a beautiful, easily readable and informative brochure that was compatible with previous Diocesan publications. It hasn’t just been successful in terms of recognition. We have received many generous gifts from donors who have used the brochure as a tool to make charitable decisions.”

    The ICSC promotes and supports Catholic teaching on stewardship by providing education and resources for dioceses, parishes, and institutions of the Roman Catholic Church. With 1,200 members worldwide, over 800 dioceses and archdioceses, parish communities, Catholic organizations, and professional firms are represented.

Video a winner, too

    The Diocese of Crookston also received the Award for Excellence in Stewardship Videos at the conference in Atlanta. The award-winning video, produced by Ad Monkeys of Grand Forks, debuted in diocesan parishes in November of 2016 as part of the annual St. Mary’s Mission Appeal. It features photos and video of students from St. Mary’s Mission School in Red Lake and messages from Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner and Father Jerry Rogers, Pastor of St. Mary’s Mission.

    “It was so much fun for me to see Bishop Hoeppner and Father Jerry Rogers speaking on two gigantic screens on either side of the banquet hall,” said Giannonatti. “The room was hushed and people were simply captivated and touched by the story of our mission school at Red Lake. The film showed the good work that we do, who we are as Catholics and who we strive to be as Christians.”

    To view the Diocese of Crookston’s video, visit crookston.org/smma. To learn more about ICSC, visit: catholicstewardship.com

About the Diocese of Crookston

    The Diocese of Crookston, suffragan of the metropolitan see of St. Paul and Minneapolis, was established December 31, 1909. The Diocese comprises the 14 northwest Minnesota counties of Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Clearwater, Beltrami, Norman, Mahnomen, Hubbard, Clay and Becker.