Why We Are Stewards

Southern California natives, Wayne and Diana Murdy, thought their move to the Denver area in 1981 was a three-year stint.  But God had other plans.

“One of the things we love about living in Denver is our very special Archdiocese,” Diana said. “Ever since St. John Paul II hosted  World Youth Day here in 1993, many wonderful things have happened because of our faith-filled community.” Not long after the Pope’s visit, the Archdiocese of Denver opened Redemptoris Mater Seminary and then St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, which currently enroll approximately 130 seminarians. “We were blessed to chair the capital campaign for that project,” added Wayne. 

Fast forward to 2007 and Denver’s then Archbishop Charles Chaput invited the Murdys to his residence for a dinner with a few other couples, as well as The Papal Foundation’s Jim Coffey.  Following that dinner, and a trip to Washington D.C. with Papal Foundation friends John and Carol Saeman, the Murdys made the commitment to become Stewards of St. Peter. 

“Through the Holy Father, we have the opportunity to assist the poor throughout the World, which is a spiritual gift for our souls,” said Wayne. “Being part of The Papal Foundation gives us a very tangible way to help the Church and those in need around the globe.”

One particular project stands out to Wayne. During one of his frequent business trips to Cajamarca in Northern Peru, Wayne was approached by the local bishop to help with the building of a local seminary. The Murdys were pleased to support the project, only later finding out that The Papal Foundation also provided a grant for the effort, “a beautiful coincidence.”

Over the years, it is the friendships the Murdys have made with clergy and other Stewards that make their involvement in The Papal Foundation so wonderful, according to Diana. “Being together, affirming our faith, and praying for others are very special memories,” she said. 

The Murdys have made the pilgrimage to Rome every year since ‘07, with the exception of one, often inviting family members. “Never in our lives did Diana and I think we would have the opportunity to meet with two Popes, Benedict XVI and Francis,” Wayne said.  “We have had the chance to see the Vatican in ways we’ve never imagined.”

The Murdys have been blessed to take three of their four children and five of their six grandchildren to Rome and look forward to bringing their youngest son and his new bride on the next trip. 

“Being a part of The Papal Foundation is a wonderful gift,” the Murdys concluded.  “We are very privileged to have this unique opportunity to be a part of this community.”