The 2024 Our Annual Catholic Appeal enables us to fund our pastoral center ministry offices and programs that help our community members to live their faith. They include our schools and programs to support faith formation at all ages, to strengthen families, to promote a culture of life, to care for creation, to engage youth and young adults, to assist the marginalized, to sustain our clergy and those preparing for the priesthood, and to extend a helping hand to the marginalized.
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The Annual Catholic Appeal supports those who attend Catholic schools, formation of new priests and care for our retired priests, evangelization and accompaniment of young adults, and the consoling presence of Christ for those imprisoned.
Parish-based and diocesan schools are assisted in their staff development, enrollment initiatives and mission advancement efforts as they strive to provide affordable and accessible education to every child and family who desires it, regardless of background, neighborhood, family income or culture.
The Annual Catholic Appeal provides funding for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministries, Young Adult, Youth and Prison Ministries and the Diocesan Institute. These diocesan ministries coordinate training for Directors of Catechetical Ministries, Young Adult, Youth and Prison Ministry Coordinators, catechists and religious education teachers as well as theological formation for adults
Following the example of Jesus who “came not to be served but to serve”, Catholic Charities is supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal in its effort to promote the dignity of the human person and its commitment to the Judeo-Christian vision of justice and charity. The agency assists almost 300,000 people each year through its expansive network of programs and services.
The Annual Catholic Appeal also supports Priestly Formation, the pastoral care of active and retired priests and the preparation and ongoing formation of Permanent Deacons.