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 2017 Catholic Services Appeal Case for Support


The Catholic Services Appeal is the annual invitation to the people of the Archdiocese to partner in the work of the local Church. As one of the three primary sources of funding for the work of the Archdiocese, Catholic Services Appeal gifts play a vital role in helping to fund more than 100 ministries, services, and programs. This is work that brings Christ to others by providing for the spiritual and temporal needs of thousands of individuals and families as well as the parishes and schools within the Archdiocese.

Who benefits from the Appeal

Individuals, families, parishes, and schools benefit from the work of archdiocesan agencies and offices. The following is a snapshot of the work accomplished within the Archdiocese during the fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2017.

Catholic Identity

  • Offered more than 100 hours of liturgy formation classes, serving approximately 800 persons, including 17 Communion minister formation sessions, six Communion minister update sessions, 12 liturgy formation session, eight cantor formation sessions, and four ministry formation for those being confirmed.
  • Sent quarterly pro-life ezine to more than 1,000 and conducted pro-life presentations and training during Respect Life Month (October) for more than 150.
  • Referred 695 individuals or couples for counseling services per requests from parishes, court system, community mental health system, and other sources.
  • Received 148 marriage cases and completed decisions in 134 cases.
  • Coordinated hospital visitation of more than 1,500 hours with 45 hours of hospital team supervision.
  • Held marriage preparation classes or retreats for 322 couples and marriage enrichment opportunities for 40 couples.
  • Held 55 safe environment training workshops for 3,165 staff and volunteers who work with children or youth.
  • Assisted more than 650 families with burial of their loved ones, memorials for their loved ones, or the purchase of interment, entombment and inurnment rights.
  • Attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. with 200 attendees.
  • Prepared and executed 25 major diocesan liturgies, including rehearsals with musicians and ministers, for events such as the Men’s Conference, Women’s Conference, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chrism Mass, and Anniversary Masses.
  • Celebrated anniversaries of five to more than 60 years of marriage for 169 couples.
  • Emailed Newly Married Nuggets, a monthly electronic newsletter that provides resources and support, to 2,308 individuals.


  • Published and distributed Archbishop Kurtz’s pastoral letter: Your Parish: The Body of Christ Alive in Our Midst.
  • Conducted for six parishes a pilot discernment process based upon the Archbishop’s pastoral letter.
  • Set up archdiocesan booths at the annual Nulu festival and Shelby park CycLOUvia festival, both in Louisville, and coordinated with parishes to provide a Catholic presence at festivals in Bardstown and Lebanon.
  • Welcomed 506 new members who entered the Church at the Easter Vigil at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. Another 37 were received at other times, making a total of 543 initiations for the Archdiocese.
  • Held a “Prayer Service for Peace” in West Louisville with hundreds attending from dozens of parishes as well as community leaders. This coincided with a national effort to address issues of violence, racism and relationships with the police.
  • Held archdiocesan Women’s Conference for 541 women with the theme “Encountering God’s Mercy.”
  • Facilitated the Catholic Men’s Conference, with speaker Fr. Dave Dwyer, C.S.P., for 410 men of the Archdiocese.
  • Coordinated the preparation and electronic mailing of The Catholic Connection, a monthly electronic newsletter sent to more than 16,000 households.
  • Produced eighth season of eight programs of Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz with a visit to Saint Michael Church for two of the shows. Conversations is offered in a variety of formats, including on-line streaming, podcasts, and YouTube, on cable television Channel 19, and on WLCR 1040 AM.

Multicultural Ministry

  • Sponsored the first Asian Pacific Island Day of Reflection with 60 participants representing five cultural/ethnic groups
  • Kicked off the parish Encuentro process as part of the Archdiocese’s preparation for the Fifth National Encuentro, which will be held in 2018. Prior to the national meeting, dioceses from around the country are holding local and regional gatherings to uncover the pastoral needs of Hispanic and Latino Catholics and find the best ways to improve the quality of ministry.
  • Conducted the 15th Camp Africa Inspire Program (CAIP), which provides an array of enrichment opportunities for youth in West Louisville in the areas of math, science, history, foreign language, book club, public speaking, sewing, theatre, external field trips, and more.
  • Served the community with more than 37,000 interactions with individuals through a wide variety of intergenerational programming at the Catholic Enrichment Center.
  • Provided life skills training at the Catholic Enrichment Center for 530 families and individuals on topics such as parenting, budget and credit, educational and career counseling, and nutritional counseling.

Vocations/Leadership Development

  • Ordained two men to the diocesan priesthood and ordained five men to the transitional diaconate.
  • Ordained 18 men to the Permanent Order of Deacons.
  • Visited approximately 3,400 students at 24 schools and parishes to give talks about vocations.
  • Welcomed four new candidates to diocesan priesthood formation, making the total number of seminarians 19.
  • Provided formation for 22 permanent diaconate candidates in the Class of 2020.
  • Held two Saint Andrew Dinners for 72 high school through young adult-aged males who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood.
  • Held Marian Dinners in collaboration with religious communities for 14 high school and college-aged females discerning a vocation to religious life.

Formation and Education

  • Offered 152 catechist certification classes for 547 Catholic school teachers, parish catechists, and other parish ministers.
  • Held High School Youth Day (QUEST) focusing on the plight of refugees for 300 youth and adult leaders.
  • Provided Mass and dinner for 150-200 University of Louisville students, faculty, and staff and offered daily Mass on campus three days per week.
  • Offered spiritual formation and Christian community through Faith Clubs for those with developmental disabilities to 72 individuals from 30 parishes.
  • Offered week-long Christian leadership program for 36 youth that sends them back to high schools and parishes with enhanced leadership skills, including planning and decision-making; small group facilitation, group dynamics; conflict resolution, and exposure to multiple ways of engaging in Catholic prayer.
  • Convened a social studies work group of Catholic school teachers, university professors, and community members to identify current best practices in social studies education to create a new social studies curriculum framework.
  • Convened an advisory board of 52 high school students to provide a “voice of youth” for our Youth Office staff.
  • Held three retreats (one “On the Side of Angels” and two “Teen and two Twenties Encounter Christ-TEC”) for 100 youth and young adult participants.
  • Honored completion of 24 catechists at the associate level, 11 at the advanced level, and 19 at the master’s level.
  • Offered youth ministry certificate training to eight individuals.

Charities/Social Justice

  • Responded to 496 calls for intake and referral services.
  • Served 1,571 refugees and placed 780 in new jobs at an average starting wage of $11 per hour.
  • Increased the development of Common Earth Gardens, consisting of 458 active garden plots open to refugees and residents for agricultural needs.
  • Assisted 66 individuals who were victims of human trafficking and held 120 human trafficking prevention trainings for 4,481 individuals.
  • Provided caseworkers who worked with 332 clients at Bologna Alley (Cathedral of the Assumption daily lunch program) to secure employment or provide referrals to appropriate agencies in the community.
  • Graduated 19 individuals from the Common Table culinary arts training program, a social enterprise activity designed to provide training in the culinary arts for refugees, former inmates, and other Louisville residents who are in need of job assistance. This program also provided catering services for 97 events.
  • Provided more than 11,800 instances of emergency assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing, personal and household items, and prescriptions.
  • Sponsored “Back to School Fairs” at the Catholic Enrichment Center in West Louisville and in Springfield, Ky, which served more than 525 families.
  • Provided immigration legal services in 1,626 cases.
  • Provided 170 mothers and fathers-to-be with education, information and counseling, baby items, and referral to community agencies and held 77 Mother-Infant Care classes.
  • Provided translation and other services in 39 languages through the Language Services Program.
  • Provided transportation to 40 homebound seniors for 253 medical appointments and visited 106 long term care facilities to deal with 240 cases.
  • Placed three children in adoptive homes.
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