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Curt Hanson

 

Curt Hanson is executive director of The Catholic Foundation and director of the diocesan Office of Stewardship and Development.


What will you do in gratitude for all your blessings?

I will honor those baptisms over the years and sacramental marriages that anchored families Mary Beth and I had what we call a “whirlwind courtship.” I met her by chance in February (note to readers: I know today that it wasn’t “by chance”), saw her again in April and asked her to a movie (she…

Working to help God’s most precious creatures

When we become warriors for the Lord, our weapons are mercy, kindness, understanding and generosity Mary Beth and I like to take a regular brisk walk. Our route covers a little more than four miles, during which we greet neighbors in their yards or driving by, sometimes on bikes, or walking like us. We never…

Knowing what I can change and leaving the rest to Him

I’ve become keenly aware — since morphing over the years from Tarzan the Ape Man into a run-of-the-mill chimpanzee — that I am racked with maladies. (OK, for the record, I was never much of a Tarzan, although I remember a time when I could read the pounds on our bathroom scale without interference from…

TV misfortune was really a blessing in disguise

I feel that I’m closer to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit Last February, God caused a malfunction in our television’s satellite receiver. Do I sound crazy saying this? Did you raise your eyebrows when you read it? I mean, why would I blame God for such an insignificant and very earthly problem? Well,…

God is always giving — how do we say, ‘Thank you’?

What should I give back to God? What’s the going price, do you suppose, for happiness? Or love? Or forgiveness? A significant portion of my job is dedicated to stewardship. I have given stewardship talks, provided stewardship materials for parish committees, consulted with new or renewing stewardship committees and even hosted a “Stewardship Day.” When…

Generosity drives Foundation’s iPad contest

I worked as a lineman for an electric utility for about 15 years, climbing poles and towers, using heavy equipment and special tools, working with high voltage lines and restoring electric service in the wake of storms or other events. It was a job that I am proud of to this day, as I had…

Unforgettable memories of my first Christmas as a newlywed

Mary Beth and I were married in October of 1977. After a brief honeymoon, she moved into the tiny house in Crosby, Minn., that I had purchased just days after she said “yes” to my proposal of marriage. It needed a lot of tender care, so I gutted it and “fixed it up” with advice…

Gratitude highlights the richness of our lives

Holidays encourage us to celebrate all that we are thankful for Each year draws to a close in high stewardship style. The Thanksgiving holiday encourages us to look beyond our difficulties and shortfalls and celebrate all that we are grateful for. Many of us honor the spirit of gratitude through sacrificial giving of our time,…

House painting job was lesson in leadership

Mary Beth and I had a whirlwind courtship. Our paths first crossed in February 1977. We encountered one another again in April, at which time I invited her to a movie. She still lived at home with her parents at that time, while I was living in Crosby and working for an electric utility. Before…

Keeping up with the Joneses doesn’t bring happiness

We have much to be thankful for As a 10-year-old, I would daydream about being rich some day. I was a “grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” kind of guy. I envied what others had, and felt sorry for myself for what I felt I lacked. Sure, I wore patched…