Every year at Pentecost, Saint Francis and his friars would gather and share the results of their preaching; they would make decisions regarding the life of the friars; and they would issue new preaching assignments. Servant of God, Father Paul Wattson, SA followed in the footsteps of St. Francis by establishing a tradition of General Chapter meetings every five years for the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement when they elect leadership, and set the course for their future. At the first General Chapter meeting, which convened over 80 years ago in May 1937, Fr. Paul addressed the Friars saying, “This General Chapter marks an important step in the life of our institute . . . if we are faithful, God will multiply the seed of the Atonement as the sands by the seashore by number.”Gospel Stewardship is inspired by Fr. Paul’s “Union that Nothing Be Lost” prayer, which calls parishioners to invest all of their time, talent, substance and opportunities to the Glory of God, the good of neighbor, and participation in the welcome and evangelization of all.