In 2020, Archbishop Lucas announced The Big Goal
: Within the next six years, every parish in the archdiocese will become a "Missional Community." Key to achieving this goal are three important characteristics:
1. Collaborative Leadership
2. A Clear Path of Discipleship
3. A Culture of Generosity
Over time, these characteristics will bear fruit in the measurement outcomes of increased mass attendance, an increase of baptisms and receptions into the Church, increased offertory, and the living of mercy in the wider community. In partnership with the Archdiocese of Omaha Pastoral Services Team, The Stewardship and Development Office will offer learning opportunities to develop one of the three characteristics: A Culture of Generosity.
Learn more about the Big Goal and the resources available at equip.archomaha.org
The Five Imperatives to Create A Culture of Generosity
Shannan Brommer, Director, Stewardship & Development Office – Archdiocese of Omaha
Tom Crowley, Officer, Stewardship & Development Office – Archdiocese of Omaha
A Culture of Generosity is not just an attitude of gratitude for all that we receive from God, but a framework that helps answer Jesus’ call to be His disciples, no matter the cost. Join us as we dive into Five Imperatives to successfully promote gifts of prayer, participation and generosity as recommended in the U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, Stewardship A Disciple’s Response.
Shannan Brommer and Tom Crowley with the Stewardship & Development Office will accompany pastors and parish leaders seeking to maximize stewardship and development initiatives in parishes to further the mission of Jesus.
Who should attend: Pastors, parish leadership, parish council members, school and parish stewardship and development staff and volunteers, development committees and more.
Potential Outcomes of this workshop include:
1. Tools and next steps to create, implement and plan towards A Culture of Generosity.
2. A deeper understanding of how to foster an environment in which the sharing of prayer, participation and generosity is encouraged and deeply valued.
3. Action items for progressive movement towards becoming a Missional Community through discipleship, pastoral conversion and generosity.
About the Presenters:
is in her tenth year as Director of the Stewardship & Development Office for the Archdiocese of Omaha where she works with a terrific team whose efforts ensure the archdiocese has the resources and leadership needed to fulfill its mission through such programs as the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, Joy of Giving, Catholic Futures Foundation of Northeast Nebraska, Legacy Planning, the Archbishop’s Committee for Development, Culture of Generosity and the Education & Network Series. Prior to her role with the archdiocese, Shannan worked as Director of Advancement for Marian High School. Shannan has presented at the Omaha Development Institute, the Gonser Gerber Advancement Conference and the National Catholic Education Association National Conference on a variety of advancement related topics including: Implementing a Strong Annual Giving Program for Parishes and Schools, Creating the Philanthropic Habit, Marketing Programs that Score Results and Branding and Public Relations. Shannan and her husband, Brad, are members of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Omaha.
is in his seventh year with the Archdiocese of Omaha Stewardship & Development Office. His primary focus is to help parishes, schools and archdiocesan ministries implement models of generosity to advance the mission. Over the years Tom has helped grow the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, maximize support for the Ignite the Faith campaign, promote the Black Student Catholic Scholarship Fund, and cultivate support for the High School Tuition Assistance Program. Prior to joining the Stewardship & Development Office, Tom spent ten years helping hospitals, parishes, and schools with major gift solicitation and fifteen years in parish ministry. Tom and his wife Dede are members of St. Margaret Mary Parish and have served on the Archbishop’s Committee for Development (ACD) for eleven years.
Deacon Al Aulner
was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2005. He has been serving as Coordinator of Jail and Prison Ministry for the Archdiocese of Omaha since September 2013. Deacon Al manages the dedicated ministry teams that serve in the rural and urban county jails and the prison institutions located within the Archdiocese.
Deacon Al also served as the Pastoral Coordinator for Holy Family Parish in Omaha from July, 2014 through March, 2020. At Holy Family he coordinated several programs that served the poor in northeast and southeast Omaha. The programs sought to provide food, clothing, financial aid, and religious services to some of the poorest people in Omaha. The programs also provided opportunities for people from across the city learn about the challenges people face in poverty. Many students from Catholic schools went to Holy Family to meet and serve people in need.
Deacon Al and his wife, Terri, are members of Holy Ghost Parish in Omaha.