Dear Friends in Christ,
May God bless you!
Welcome to the 2017 Catholic Services Appeal. Fifty years ago, Archbishop McDonough began this annual appeal to support the ministries and services of the Archdiocese of Louisville. From these humble roots, the appeal grew to what we know today as the Catholic Services Appeal, which supports more than 100 ministries and services in the 24 counties of the Archdiocese. Through these efforts, we care for the poor and needy, promote vocations, assist retired priests, enhance worship, provide lifelong formation and education, and extend support and resources to our parishes and schools.
As we reflect on 50 years of ministries supported by the Catholic Services Appeal, we also celebrate what the next 50 years will bring to the Archdiocese of Louisville. In celebration of our future, I am excited to share that an anonymous donor has generously pledged a $50,000.00 challenge that will match gifts from donors under the age of 40. This is a wonderful opportunity for our young adults to participate in supporting the ministries and services of the Catholic Services Appeal and have their gifts doubled!
During this golden anniversary, we are beginning an exciting process that will support parishes in their efforts to strengthen vitality and plan for the future. Based upon my pastoral letter, Your Parish: The Body of Christ Alive in Our Midst, parishioners will be invited to reflect on the gift of faith and how to share that gift with others, especially in the areas of family life, lifelong formation, and service to others. There will be many ways in which you can participate in this discernment process at your parish, but please know that your engagement in the Catholic Services Appeal provides the support we need to continue all of these vital ministries and services that truly foster the hope that allow us to see a tomorrow.
You are in my prayers.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville