Archbishop Murphy, as chair of the of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee on Stewardship, led the effort to draft the landmark pastoral letter – “Stewardship: A Disciples Response.” Since its introduction in 1992, dioceses and parishes across the United States have embraced the spirit and words of this pastoral letter. He went to great lengths to emphasize that stewardship means so much more than just giving money to the church. The archbishop stated, “Stewardship goes beyond the mere sharing of one’s resources. It goes beyond the issue of money. At the heart of stewardship lies the question: what do I own and who owns me?”
The archbishop took great delight in the fact that this pastoral letter did not look like a traditional church document because of its simplicity. He was also intensely proud of the fact that the stewardship pastoral only mentions “finances” twice in its entire 64 pages. Archbishop Murphy once said, “The call to stewardship is a call to be a holy people. It is a call to take the risk of walking with Jesus.