|Dear Friends in Christ:
May God bless you!
During his recent visit to Brazil, Pope Francis called on all Catholics to be “bearers of hope.” The Holy Father’s words resonated with me for a couple of reasons. First, as you may know, my episcopal motto is “Hope in the Lord.” However, I also thought of how the work of our Archdiocese is responding to Pope Francis’ challenge.
Every day, archdiocesan agencies offer hope by bringing Christ to others through work that cares for the poor, promotes vocations, enhances worship and prayer, strengthens families and individuals, provides lifelong formation and education, and assists parishes and schools. In the video above, you will learn about Chelly, Brenda, Casey, Ivonne, and Cameron. These are real people whose lives, like thousands of others, have been transformed by the work of the Archdiocese.
The Catholic Services Appeal is as an essential source of funding for the work of the Archdiocese. This year, the Appeal is seeking to raise $3,000,000 to meet the increasing demand on our services. Last year, our average gift to the appeal was $180.00. I invite you to support this year’s Appeal with a generous gift or pledge. Please know that your gift in any amount will be received with my deepest gratitude.
Won’t you join me in becoming a “bearer of hope” by returning the enclosed donation form with your gift to the Catholic Services Appeal?
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
P.S. Did you know that 96 cents of every dollar donated to the Catholic Services Appeal went to fund ministries and services? Only four cents of each dollar went to appeal-related expenses such as printing and mailing.