Erin Dwyer places gratitude at the center of stewardship

Erin Dwyer

The Archdiocese of Louisville has expanded the ministry of the Office of Mission Advancement with the hiring of Erin Dwyer as coordinator of annual giving and stewardship.

The coordinator of annual giving has typically overseen the day-to-day operations of annual giving, including the Catholic Services Appeal.

The stewardship component is a new addition to the role. Dwyer will serve as a liaison with the 110 parishes in the archdiocese and will help parishes initiate stewardship programming.

During a recent interview, Dwyer said she approaches her new position the way she approaches life — from a place of gratitude.

“I try to be grateful for all the gifts that I’ve been given and sharing those however God calls me to share them,” she said.

Dwyer graduated from Indiana University Southeast with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She earned a master’s in pastoral theology from St. Meinrad School of Theology and is currently working toward a doctorate in ministry, with a specialization in evangelization, from Catholic University of America.

She previously worked at Epiphany Church as pastoral associate for stewardship and evangelization from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, she served in the Office of Enrollment for St. Meinrad.

Her experience in stewardship will be beneficial in her new role, she said.

“I think sometimes we get lost in fundraising and forget what is important — our own personal gifts and talents and the importance of our relationship with God,” she said.

She lives with her two children — Luke, 12, and Lydia, 8 — in Palmyra, Ind. They attend St. Michael Church in Bradford, Ind. She also has a four-legged friend, a dog named Lucio after Deacon Lucio Caruso, with whom she worked at Epiphany.

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