Friday, March 5, 2010
Wichita and Cristo Rey
Ultimately, the secret to Wichita’s success is the grassroots involvement of all the parishes on a diocesan-wide scale pooling their resources to make Catholic education a reality for their children. I love this model, but then again, I am comfortable with the tithing concept. I know many Catholics would flinch at such a financial sacrifice. It requires a great deal of soul-searching on the part of families who are being asked to tithe something like 8% of their income to send their fellow parishioners’ children to Catholic schools. In the final analysis, it IS a spirituality and not simply a business model. The diocese has a wealth of information on their stewardship spirituality and methodology that illuminates the difficulties and rewards of this approach. I encourage you to peruse this when you have the time.