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Posted on February 10, 2023 in News
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Grace and peace be with you!
I appreciate this annual opportunity, along with our Diocesan Finance Officer, Angela Laville, to share directly with you details of the Diocesan Financial Report, our financial stewardship of the resources provided by your donations and other gifts supporting the work, ministry and mission of the Church entrusted to us by Jesus Christ. Your gifts, sacrificial offerings, bequests, and tithes enable our diocese to sustain and appropriately grow the ministries and services that support and enable our parishes, schools and other institutions to be all they are meant to be.
In the Scriptures, Jesus teaches in parables about good stewardship—how we each have a responsibility to use well the gifts that God has given us. As your bishop, I must be a good steward of not only my own personal gifts, but also those that you, the Catholic faithful, entrust to the Church for its mission.
As you will note from this report, our diocese is in a strong financial position. Last year, we had a successful Annual Catholic Appeal, reaching our goal, which along with contributions to our Bright Futures Fund, amounted to approximately $4 million. Our 2023 Annual Catholic Appeal is under way and your contribution remains essential to the mission and ministry of the Church. Your participation this year at some level is itself an expression of faith.
The past year has been a blessed one for our diocese in many ways. Emerging from the pandemic, our parish communities are seeing a restoration of vitality in worship, evangelization, and charitable service. Overall parish offertory increased in the diocese last year. Our Catholic Schools are seeing unprecedented growth in enrollment as our diocesan school enrollment increased by nearly 10% last year. It appears this trend will continue. In the coming year, our diocese will open the first new Catholic school in our diocese since 1999.
In 2022, we were blessed to ordain a permanent deacon class of 16, as well as one new transitional deacon and one new priest, and we anticipate more ordinations this year. As part of our stewarding responsibility, we have strategically examined how we can use our resources most wisely. In the past year, three of our parishes completed their mission and were closed which, while painful, will better apportion our clergy, facilities and properties for mission. Other parishes are seeing strong growth, as many continue to transform into mission-oriented communities focused on growing God’s family and making disciples, which is evident in the numbers of people sharing their faith and in those entering the Catholic Church throughout the year.
As we look ahead to the season of Lent, let us personally consider what difference Jesus Christ makes in our lives and make a choice to live fully for him who gave himself for us. I offer my own thanks to each of you who play a part in renewing the Church which Jesus created and to which we belong, that there be life in abundance. (cf. Jn 10:10) Thank you for your faith, for your witness to your baptism, for your generous heart, and your acts of love in service to others. Thank you for your generosity in giving back to God from the various blessings God has given you; for indeed, “the Love of Christ urges us on!” (2 Cor 5:14).
Gratefully yours in Christ,
+ Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr.
Stewardship and accountability for the financial resources of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is critical to the mission of using resources wisely. With that, we must present the financial status of the components of the administration of the diocese for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. The information disclosed covers the following areas of the diocese.
The disclosure of the financial information represents the commitment to transparency regarding the source of funds along with the use of those funds. Bishop Johnston, Diocesan Leadership, the Diocesan Finance Council and the staff of the Diocesan Finance Office wish for all to be aware of the overall financial condition of the diocese.
The above information is from the 2021/2022 annual audit report prepared by the accounting firm RSM US. The audit resulted in a “clean opinion” which means that there were no qualifications and the financial statements “represent fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Chancery Operation as of June 30, 2022 and June 30, 2021, and…are in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S.”. In addition, the audit firm indicated that there were not any internal control weaknesses identified within the scope of the audit. The Diocesan Finance Council reviewed and recommended approval of the audit at the meeting on November 21, 2022. This recommendation was subsequently approved and accepted by Bishop Johnston.
The below information is based on the DCO’s Statement of Financial Position presented above.
Total Net Assets Without Donor Restrictions increased by approximately $4.2 million to $15.6 million. This variance is primarily included in the Undesignated Portion of Net Assets Without Donor Restrictions.
The mortgage on the Catholic Center was reduced by $200K, ending the year with a balance of $3.8 million. The original mortgage on the Catholic Center in October, 2010 was $7.0 million.
Operationally, the DCO ended the fiscal year with a surplus of $4.0 million. There are various aspects to this improvement. Income received from Contributions/Bequests increased to $6.3 million from $2.6 million in the previous fiscal year.
The Board of Trustees of the Diocesan Deposit and Loan Fund approved the Fund’s audit on October 24, 2022. The audit of this Fund was performed by RSM US and received an unqualified opinion and represents the fifth full year of operation as a separate trust. The Statement of Financial Position demonstrates growth from the prior year in total assets of $7.5 million to $65.8 million. Of this amount, $50.7 million is held in cash and investments to address future withdrawals and loans. Total Net Assets decreased in the 2021/2022 fiscal year from $7.4 million to $1.9 million. The amount of net deposits as of June 30, 2022, in conjunction with internal projections of deposits, withdrawals, loans and principal paybacks through the end of the calendar year, indicate adequate capacity to handle anticipated loans and withdrawals. While there is an increase in impending construction and renovation projects, the Fund balances are predicted to be sufficient.
The Diocesan Insurance Operation is reviewed by RSM US each year. The scope of a review is substantially less in scope than an audit. A review includes applying analytical procedures to management’s financial data and making inquiries of management, but does not result in an opinion regarding the financial statements as a whole. The Diocesan Finance Council reviewed this report at its meeting on October 24, 2022.
On January 1, 1975, the diocese established a self-insurance program for property and casualty insurance coverages. Under this program, the diocese self-insures the property and casualty coverages (except for boiler insurance and worker’s compensation insurance) for all Diocesan parishes, schools, early childhood centers, Catholic Cemeteries Association and Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph. The self-insurance programs provide coverage for buildings, machinery and equipment, boiler, workers’ compensation, automobile, student accident, comprehensive general liability, fiduciary liability, professional liability, sexual misconduct liability and cyber liability. The program includes a limit on each claim payable by the diocese. Claims in excess of the self-insured retention are insured by licensed insurance carriers. Under the program, the diocese contracts for the administration of claims, appraisals, and loss control and prevention services. The Diocesan Insurance Office coordinates the placement of coverage and the payment of claims and premiums with insurance companies and service providers.
In addition to the property and casualty coverages, the Diocesan Benefits Office (as part of the Office of Human Resources) administers the clergy and lay employee benefit programs, which include pension, life insurance, short-term disability, health care insurance, voluntary dental care, voluntary supplemental life insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, long-term care (clergy) and supplemental medical reimbursement (clergy). Please note that the actual pension plans for the Diocesan priests and the lay employees of the parishes, schools and other entities are contained in two separate trusts overseen by two different boards.
Premiums for the self-insurance property and casualty coverages are based on an exposure assessment for the specific line of coverage such as the appraised value of structures and contents for property coverage. Premiums are collected by the DIO and used to pay claims as they are incurred. Premiums for insured coverages are collected by the DIO from all the entities of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Catholic Cemeteries Associated of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
The DIO Statement of Financial Position presented in this article demonstrates that net assets is $6.5 million at the end of fiscal year 2021/2022. The DIO operations resulted in a surplus for 2021/2022 of $4.5 million. This is the eighth consecutive year of a surplus which is primarily a product of positive claims experience. A plan, approved by the Diocesan Finance Council in January, 2014, has enabled the net asset amount to increase by approximately $19.5 million from ($15.0 million) in 2013/2014 to $4.5 million in 2021/2022. The Diocesan Finance Office and the DIO continue to monitor and follow the plan set forth by the Diocesan Finance Council.
In summary, stewardship and accountability for the financial resources of the various areas of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph are functioning with integrity. The DCO continues to operate with a surplus while achieving goals toward the Mission. The DLF effectively addresses the savings and loan needs of parishes and the DIO has progressed with the plan set forth by the Diocesan Finance Council and continues to implement short and long term strategies for cost-effective healthcare for lay employees and clergy. The Mutually Shared Vision of One Family, Restored in Christ, Equipment for Mission remains a priority to move our diocese forward.
Finally, Bishop Johnston is extremely grateful to all who have continued stewardship of time, talent and treasure. His gratitude extends beyond the giving to the DCO to your generosity to parishes, schools and Catholic Charities.
If you have questions or wish to discuss the information contained in this report, please contact me at (816) 714-2319 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The complete audits for the DCO and the DLO along with the review for the DIO will be published on the Diocesan website (https://kcsjcatholic.org/office/finance-management-services/diocesan-finance-office).
We understand that you all have multiple organizations that request your resources and we appreciate your continued support. It is our hope that this report demonstrates that your support is valuable in many aspects for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
Angela Laville, Diocesan Finance Officer
Located at The Catholic Center, 20 West Ninth Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
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