By Liz Sullivan
On Oct. 27, at Our Lady of Refuge Church, the Office of Stewardship & Development for the Diocese of San Jose (DSJ) hosted a Fundraising Boot Camp for parishes.
The four-hour session welcomed more than 130 attendees representing nearly all parishes of DSJ. These attendees included clergy, business managers, chairs of finance and stewardship committees, along with Chancery staff and several ministries throughout the Diocese.
It served as “training that will prepare your mind, body and spirit for the challenges, opportunities and joys of fundraising.”
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath welcomed those assembled.
“This is an opportunity to look to the future,” said the Bishop. “You will learn about proven practices that will help us reach our objective. We in the Diocese are obviously blessed with tremendous talented people, who are able to do great things as my (Episcopal) motto says ‘Together in Christ.’ ”
New Chief Development Officer, Joe Naylor, led the boot camp. Naylor joined the Diocese in July, replacing director Bill Matthews, who retired in October. In his career Naylor has raised in excess of $100 million.
Father Mike Moynahan, S.J., Pastor, and Father David Ayotte, S.J., Associate Pastor, Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish in Sacramento, delivered the keynote address.
In addition, attendees heard success stories from the Pastors of Saint Clare, Saint Julie, Saint John the Baptist and the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph and Our Lady of La Vang parishes in the Diocese of San Jose.
“Today we will share great ideas,” said Naylor. “And provide an even greater vision for our parishes and diocese. You will be given tools to meet your needs. There is no need to reinvent the wheel.”
Attendees participated in drills exploring: identifying the needs of their parishes, crafting these needs into case statements and how to ask parishioners for support, why and how.
Inspiring participants throughout the day was a quote from Pope Francis. “Set your stakes on great ideals, the ideals that enlarge the heart, the ideals of service that make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn.”
The event was sponsored by CCS Fundraising.