Twelve Wicker Baskets

Twelve Wicker Baskets

In the Gospel, Jesus fed 5,000 with only five loaves and two fish. After the crowd was satisfied, there were 12 wicker baskets left over. God provides the abundance. In each episode of this podcast, we will explore, with pastoral leaders and development professionals, all the many ways God meets the spiritual and temporal needs of our parish communities, our Catholic schools and the diocesan church. And not only meets those needs but provides in abundance.


March 29, 2023 52 min

In this episode, Meg Hunter-Kilmer, author of Pray for Us: 75 Saints Who Sinned, Suffered and Struggled On Their Way to Holiness, shares how she left her position as a high school theology teacher and set off to be an itinerant speaker, witnessing to the love of God, inspiring deeper faith, and sharing the universal attainability of sanctity by demonstrating how the saints in every age cooperated with grace. 

Meg heard the baptismal...

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In this first anniversary episode, a clip from each guest of the past year is woven together to provide a montage of collective wisdom, reflecting on the themes of God’s abundant and astounding generosity, personal relationship as the foundation for fundraising, the connection of discipleship and stewardship, to name a few.

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January 25, 2023 52 min

In this episode, Mother Mary Clare, Mother Superior and foundress of the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, along with Sister Annunciata, share how God has proven to be astoundingly generous to each of them in their own vocational journey, but also in the life of their community. Relying upon divine providence for all their material needs (the sisters have no income beyond free-will offerings), the Handmaids have experienced first-ha...

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December 28, 2022 51 min

Father Jarrod was introduced to the stewardship as a way of life from childhood, calling it “the context for my Catholic formation.” Stewardship “became the lens through which we understood how to be a disciple of Jesus Christ,” recognizing that everything we have is a gift we have received. And once we recognize the giftedness we each possess, then we start recognizing the response. The stewardship way of life, which began at St. ...

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November 30, 2022 48 min

Quentin Schesnuik grew up in the rural prairies of Saskatchewan and, after graduating from university, began his career in banking. After moving to Toronto for work, he helped an inner-city charity establish a planned giving program to assist the poor. Listening to their stories, he discovered their great wisdom about what matters most in life. Encountering the Lord powerfully in the sacrament of penance and in a return to the fait...

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Renée Underwood has often asked, “After you’re gone, who will replace your giving to the church?” She’s quick to provide the answer: “You will!” In this episode, Renée shares her perspective of faith in engaging donors about remembering the Church in their estate plans. She understands these encounters with donors to be a graced and spiritual moment in which the fundraiser must listen to donors’ stories and appreciate the movement ...

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Ashley Linville looks at his life in gratitude for how God has opened doors and led him on new pathways. His strong Baptist faith has helped him prayerfully discern “the still, small voice” of God, and to respond with trust to opportunities that sometimes came as a surprise. Though stressful, stepping forward in faith leads to the tell-tale sign of God’s presence: peace. Ashley presides over fundraising ministry in a young but burg...

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August 31, 2022 44 min

During his early career in banking, Bill Maloney decided to step out of accounting and take the Dale Carnegie Class on Human Relations, which led him to push through his introversion and make strategic recommendations to bank management and colleagues. This opened the door to development, which Bill emphasizes is premised on strong personal relationships. 

Bill has learned that while approaching major donors can be intimidating and ...

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At more than 83,000 square miles, the Diocese of Boise is vast, comprising the entire state of Idaho. As a largely rural diocese (the 2020 census indicated an overall population of under 2 million inhabitants), the diocese is a beneficiary of support from the USCCB’s Catholic Home Missions Fund and the Extension Society. Bishop Peter Christensen, the Bishop of the Diocese of Boise, says he doesn’t mind all the driving to bring the ...

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The Sunday collection may appear to be a disruptive intrusion into celebrating spiritual mysteries, but Father Darrin Gurr sees the offertory as “a very sacred moment,” since it is “the very first act of the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist … and it’s essential because ultimately it gives meaning to the celebration of the Eucharist. Until the gifts are gathered up and offered, the good things of the Eucharistic celebrati...

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May 25, 2022 55 min

Creator of The Great Adventure Bible study series, host of the weekly podcast, The Jeff Cavins Show, and co-host of The Bible in A Year podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jeff Cavins is a well-known Catholic evangelist, author and biblical scholar.

In this episode, Jeff discusses his latest book, The Activated Disciple: Taking Your Faith to the Next Level. An activated disciple is someone who, having encountered the person of...

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Discipleship, stewardship and evangelization all center around relationship, and specifically relationship with God and neighbor. In this episode, guest Dave Baranowski recounts his own spiritual journey and notes that an encounter with Jesus and hearing the call to discipleship changes everything in one’s life. For those who have had an authentic encounter with the Lord, the practice of the faith moves from obligation to friendshi...

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March 30, 2022 50 min

With guest Francis Doyle of the Diocese of Hamilton, this episode addresses the philanthropic landscape of the Catholic Church in Canada, addressing cultural, societal and ecclesial challenges to fundraising. Challenges include a decline in Mass attendance, depopulation of rural areas, the tendency of large institutions in Canada to rely upon public funding, a social etiquette that makes asking for money unpalatable, skepticism amo...

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February 23, 2022 44 min

This inaugural episode explores the thought of Henri Nouwen on the human journey from “the house of fear to the house of love” and how Nouwen’s spirituality of fundraising is therefore less about fundraising per se and more about recognizing each engagement with benefactors as a graced interpersonal encounter. Nathan Ball discusses the importance of shifting our mindset and the way we talk about fundraising from duty and burden to ...

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February 11, 2022 3 min

Twelve Wicker Baskets with Christopher Beaudet, presented by the Steier Group, premieres on Feb. 23, 2022. Listen to a sneak peek of the podcast now and subscribe to hear the full conversation later this month.

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