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2019 Catholic Services Appeal Case for Support

Purpose

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, 2019.

Catholic Identity (Catholic Cemeteries, Family Ministries, Tribunal, Worship)

  • Trained and issued 972 new or renewed mandates for Communion ministers in 61 archdiocesan parishes.
  • Produced a six-part video series and accompanying study guides on the role of the faithful in the Mass, entitled: Work of the People: The Catholic Mass.
  • Offered more than 100 hours of liturgy formation classes, including ten Communion minister formation sessions, 16 ministry formation for Confirmandi, two ministry formation for Catholic high schools, 12 liturgy formation sessions, seven diaconate formation, and one server training.
  • Designed and provided “train-the-trainer” sessions and digital and print support resources for those who work with Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist so that ministers can be trained at parishes.
  • Collaborated with the National Pastoral Musicians to host the first “Priest Variety Show,” highlighting the many artistic, musical, theatrical, and dramatic talents of the presbyterate.
  • Provided special training for communion ministers in special situations such as hospitals and nursing homes.
  • Initiated monthly column on liturgical topics for The Record, entitled “Work of the People.”
  • Planned and executed more than 30 archdiocesan Masses, prayer services, and holy hours.
  • Provided outreach and assistance to nearly 200 widows and widowers.
  • Provided training to more than 100 individuals who work with engaged couples at parishes on the Joined by Grace Companion Couple Training and the FOCCUS assessment.
  • Identified a pastoral care contact for each parish, identified pastoral care needs, and provided information to parishes about pastoral care resources in the areas of addiction, infertility, divorce care, and grandparents raising grandchildren.
  • Planned and executed a retreat for more than 70 seniors and a workshop on pastoral care for seniors for more than 30 parish staff.
  • Organized a foster care awareness event to promote ways in which families can volunteer, mentor, and assist in meeting the increased need for foster care in the Archdiocese, mainly due to the opioid epidemic. Held a foster care informed trauma care for teachers and catechists to address the circumstances and needs of those in parish and school settings who may be suffering from trauma.
  • Promoted and organized archdiocesan wide events during Respect Life Month (October) for more than 250 parishioners on the topics of death and dying, family life and disabilities, support for women in unplanned pregnancies, end of life care, and foster care awareness.
  • Organized pro-life field trips for more than 100 high school students to see firsthand the life affirming ministries in the Archdiocese and how they work together to bring support, resources, and tangible assistance to mothers, fathers, infants, and children.
  • Referred 588 individuals or couples for counseling services per requests from parishes, court system, community mental health system, and other sources; resourced 22 pastors seeking assistance for mental health needs in their parishes; and met with 89 individuals seeking guidance.
  • Received 118 marriage cases and completed decisions in 118 cases.
  • Provided training for 40 parish secretaries and other staff on properly recording sacraments and other canonical issues in parishes.
  • Provided 400 free ornaments during Christmas for the “Tree of Remembrance” at Catholic Cemeteries and gave away 800 free roses on Mother’s Day for families to place on graves.
  • Coordinated hospital visitation of more than 1,500 hours by 15 active volunteers and provided bi-monthly meetings and a day of reflection for hospital team members.
    • Resourced 40-50 elementary and secondary school counselors through monthly meetings that provide support, resources, and community speakers and through a monthly newsletter.
  • Held marriage preparation classes or retreats for 356 couples and marriage enrichment opportunities for 60 couples.
  • Trained and mandated nearly 50 new and current auditors and advocates who assist parishioners with preparing their marriage cases for the Tribunal.
  • Held 45 safe environment training workshops for 2,756 staff and volunteers who work with children or youth.
  • Held Stations of the Cross at Catholic Cemeteries during Fridays of Lent with a different Catholic school hosting and leading prayer each Friday.
  • Assisted 763 families with funerals, including interments, entombments, or inurnments.
  • Attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. with 200 adults and students, including students from seven Catholic high schools.
  • Celebrated anniversaries of five to more than 60 years of marriage for 182 couples,
  • Assisted 68 individuals with demonic possession claims.
  • Hosted 12 prayer serves to remember and honor all babies buried in Catholic Cemeteries.
  • Emailed Love Being Married, a monthly electronic newsletter that provides resources and support to couples in their first five years of marriage, to nearly 4,500 individuals.

Evangelization (Communications/Evangelization, Parish Leadership Development, selected items from other offices)

  • Completed a parish discernment process for 80 parishes in a pilot phase and three waves with the publication of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz’s pastoral letter reflecting on the discernment process entitled, The Soul of the Parish: Being Led by the Holy Spirit Alive in our Midst. As a result of this process, parishes identified hundreds of initiatives in the areas of family life, lifelong formation and education, and service and outreach.
  • Held the first four-day Lay Ecclesial Minister Assembly at Saint Meinrad Seminary for 90 pastoral leaders.
  • Initiated a new e-publication, Archbishop’s Leadership Briefing, to keep more than 2,600 leaders in the Archdiocese updated on the sexual abuse crisis in the Church and the archdiocesan response. Eighteen editions were sent in fiscal year 2018-2019.
  • Provided a Catholic Leadership 360 Assessment for 45 parish leaders to date and trained ten local facilitators to administer the 360 Assessment.
  • Provided a “Specialization in Parish Ministry” a five-session (each session being one to two full days) parish leadership course. Thirty-five priests and pastoral leaders participated in one or more of the sessions, and 16 completed the full course, which also included a six-week reflective practice component.
  • Published a Report to the Catholic People in The Record, which described the history of abuse in the Archdiocese, steps that have been taken to provide healing for victims and a safe environment for all, especially children and youth, how the Archdiocese responds to victim survivors and reports to authorities, frequently asked questions, and resources for families.
  • Welcomed 389 new members who entered the Church at the Easter Vigil or at other times of the year.
  • Celebrated 11 national and regional awards for The Record, including seven first-place awards, from the Catholic Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
  • Provided, as part of the Lilly Endowment Grant, monetary assistance to nine priests and 18 lay ecclesial ministers who were suffering financial hardships.
  • Held two Archdiocesan Leadership Institutes for 170 pastoral leaders on the topics of cultivating generous congregations and the spirituality of administration.
  • Published three sets of teaching editorials in The Record on the topics: What is an Archdiocese, Death and Dying, and Faith and Science.
  • Coordinated the preparation and electronic mailing of The Catholic Connection, a monthly electronic newsletter sent to more than 16,000 households.
  • Published a regular monthly offering called Vida Católica in Spanish that also is bulk-shipped directly to parishes with Hispanic populations.
  • Provided leadership development workshops and trainings in a variety of settings and for diverse groups, including parish councils, deacons, and school and parish staffs.
  • Produced tenth season of eight programs of Conversations with Archbishop Kurtz. 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, as well as to other dioceses in the United States.
  • Responded to more than 700 messages seeking information, assistance, and education through the archlou.org “contact us” form on the web page.

Multicultural Ministry (Office of Multicultural Ministry)

  • Sent four delegates from the Archdiocese to gather with Archbishop Kurtz at the V National Encuentro in September of 2018. This gathering of more than 3,000 Hispanic and Latino Catholics focused on 28 ministerial areas of importance for the future of Hispanic/Latino ministry in the Church with 10 priority areas, including evangelization and mission, family life ministry, youth and young adult ministry, faith formation and catechesis, and vocations. More than 200 local Hispanic Catholics then gathered at the annual Louisville Encuentro in October.
  • Held a volunteer retreat to help multicultural ministry staff and leadership understand the role of volunteers from multiple perspectives and develop a plan to make volunteer recruitment and retention more effective. This retreat will affect hundreds of volunteers who work in African American Catholic ministries and who serve West Louisville parishes. Out of this effort, the Catholic Enrichment Center created a volunteer handbook to address expectations, policies, and procedures to assist volunteers at the Center.
  • Offered catechist and leadership training in Spanish for parishioners in Hardin and Monroe County.
  • Inaugurated the Samuel Plato Institute, a series of monthly workshops at the Catholic Enrichment Center on the history of African Americans in Louisville
  • Held a vocations retreat (“My Calling”) for 72 Hispanic middle and high school students.
  • Convened an interfaith Communitywide Round Table Discussion on Racism with 120 attending. This roundtable evolved into a quarterly gathering to address how participants can work as an interfaith group to irradiate racism.
  • Provided Spanish language training for 20 couples on Natural Family Planning.
  • Held Day of Reflection that culminated with the presentation of the First African American Five-Year Pastoral Plan of Action for the Archdiocese of Louisville. The Plan provides a foundation for all ministries serving Catholics from the African Diaspora.
  • Conducted the 17th Camp Africa Inspire Program (CAIP), a seven-week program providing 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, dance, external field trips, and more.
  • Served the community with more than 36,000 interactions through a wide variety of intergenerational programming at the Catholic Enrichment Center (CEC). The CEC serves residents of West Louisville through programs such as life skills training, senior workshops, male retreats, health and wellness fairs, financial wellness workshops, ACT/SAT preparation, computer classes, foster care education, voter education and registration, children’s dance classes, and many others offerings.

Vocations/Leadership Development (Diaconate, Vocations, Priest Personnel)

  • Ordained three men to the diocesan priesthood.
  • Presented talks about vocations to approximately 2,400 students at 32 elementary schools, high schools, and youth groups.
  • Welcomed five new candidates to diocesan priesthood formation, making the total number of seminarians 15.
  • Developed a jail ministry training program for those who wish to minister in local prisons and jails.
  • Provided deacons to run “Triage Program” at local hospitals to provide pastoral support and to organize the availability of priests when needed.
  • Provided formation for 19 permanent diaconate candidates in the Class of 2020, and recruited 22 men for the diaconate class of 2024.
  • Held listening sessions and planned for the transfer or assignment of 24 priests to 29 parishes.
  • Maintained a contact list of 169 men and 55 women who may be interested in the priesthood and religious life.
  • Held two Vianney Gatherings involving 18 discerners for those interested in the priesthood.
  • Honored 61 religious men and women at annual Jubilarian Mass for the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life.
  • Sponsored a Vocation Awareness Essay and Poster Contest in Catholic schools in collaboration with the Serra Club with a record number of 418 entries.
  • Participated in and facilitated the participation of seminarians in numerous retreats for youth and young adults and archdiocesan conferences.
  • Posted regular updates intending to strengthen a culture of vocations through the Vocations web page (louisvillevocations.com), Facebook, Twitter (@ArchlouVocation), Instagram, and Pinterest accounts.
  • Coordinated the work of the “Planting Seeds” Committee, composed of archdiocesan staff, members of religious orders, Serra Club members, and others who visit college campuses, give presentations in the community, provide fellowship, and promote a culture of vocations throughout the Archdiocese.

Formation and Education (Faith Formation, Schools, Youth and Young Adult Ministry)

  • Received recognition of first Catholic school in Archdiocese as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Nominated by the Kentucky Environmental Education Council, Saint Agnes School demonstrated its commitment to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve student and staff health and wellness, and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.
  • Facilitated the Catholic Men’s Conference for 330 men, with a keynote address from Catholic recording artist and national speaker Steve Angrisano.
  • Convened a committee to create a comprehensive assessment plan to provide information to guide future learning, better meet the needs of students, and drive improvement efforts across the system through the MAP assessment from NWEA. Students in grades K-2 will take MAP Reading Fluency assessment to measure fluency, foundational skills, and comprehension.  Assessment for grades K-7 will begin in 2019-2020 school year.
  • Convened a steering committee of Catholic school teachers, university professors, and community members to review and revitalize the mathematics standards with a focus on conceptual understanding and wrote new standards for the curriculum framework. Following up on the new standards, initiated a partnership with Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to provide professional learning, “Making Math Matter,” for teachers.
  • Organized the first Archdiocese of Louisville Youth Conference with over 180 high school students and adult leaders in attendance. The day featured music, Mass, Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, presentations on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and a service project for Shively Area Communities Ministries.
  • Implemented a pilot of “Rooted: Theology of the Body” instructional materials in grades K-8 across nine elementary schools in spring 2019.  The pilot was followed by a “Getting to Know Theology of the Body for Teachers” formation course facilitated by the Offices of Catholic Schools and Faith Formation to provide an overview of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body teachings.
  • Held a junior high “Call to Action” day for 60 youth involving music, parent education on stress and anxiety among middle school students, Mass, and the preparation for 10,000 meals for the hungry.
  • Initiated a teacher-mentoring program pairing 40 new teachers with experienced mentors who provided ongoing support through in-class observations and out-of-class reflection sessions over the course of the 2018-19 school year.
  • Implemented the third year for the “Merton Leadership Initiative,” a three-year cycle for 40 principals, aspiring principals, and teacher leaders to cultivate and sustain Catholic school leadership for the future. Program included an initial retreat and learning days, sessions, and professional learning communities focused on spiritual growth and managing change.
  • Forged a partnership with Danielson Group to strengthen teaching practice using Charlotte Danielson’s “Framework for Teaching” for four elementary schools. School leadership teams met during the year and a consultant visited schools to advance understanding of the framework and how to use it to inform practice.
  • Gathered Elementary Learning Coordinators who serve the students with disabilities within the Archdiocese of Louisville for monthly meetings to further their understanding of Response to Intervention (RTI).  In addition, eighty educators from the Archdiocese met twice to network, share ideas, and develop plans for implementation at the local levels.  A District Guiding Coalition was formed to guide the implementation of this initiative and prepare for continued collaboration and learning across the Archdiocese.
  • Piloted a new principal performance review document in four schools with the support of the principals and pastors.
  • Recognized two Catholic elementary schools – Our Lady of Lourdes School and Sacred Heart Model School – as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.
  • Awarded through support of parishes and Catholic Education Foundation more than $6.4 million in financial assistance to 3,100 Catholic elementary school students.
  • Conducted 17 follow-up visits to Catholic schools as part of the ongoing continuous improvement process and visited 501 classrooms using the Effective Learning Environment Observation Tool (eleot) where observers collect student in seven theme areas.
  • Facilitated over 50 professional learning sessions focusing on curricular areas, integration of technology, social-emotional learning, and leadership development that were attended by more than 1,200 Catholic school educators during summer 2019.
  • Collaborated with Oldham County Schools, Christian Academy, and Bellarmine to host “Imagining the Future of Learning,” a two-day symposium focusing on integrating technology throughout the curriculum that 73 Catholic school educators attended.
  • Held first “Archbishop’s Luncheon for Scouting” involving 80 pastors, youth ministers, parish catechetical leaders, scout leaders, and scouts to promote scouting and the scouting organizations in the Archdiocese.
  • Received a $24,052 Kosair Charities “Face It” grant to support “Speak Up Be Safe” child sexual abuse prevention and education curriculum in all elementary schools.
  • Sponsored an opening event, “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ,” for over 700 elementary educators in August 2018 to kick off the new school year and celebrate the ministry of Catholic education with a keynote inspiring us to reflect Jesus Christ in our teaching.
  • Sponsored Young Authors Program where 70 students representing grades K-8 won medals for writing books deemed the best by three rounds of peer review.
  • Sponsored a group of eight young adults and an adult leader to attend the World Youth Day celebration in Panama with Pope Francis.
  • Conducted 1,067 individual classroom walk-through visits through the eWalk system to determine the quality and use of 21st century teaching methods.
  • Sponsored ACCOMMODATE night for over 200 parents of juniors and seniors exploring colleges and universities with programs for students with special needs. Colleges and universities were present to provide information about the opportunities that exist for students to have success at the next level.
  • Received a $48,000 WHAS Crusade for Children Grant to purchase iPads, Quantum II sound systems, adaptive classroom furniture, assessments and screening tools, reading support materials, and sensory items.
  • Collaborated with the Serra Club to promote utilization of the Newman Connection with the Serra Club to connect graduating seniors with Newman Centers or parishes at the college they are planning to attend in the fall. This effort connected 1,215 seniors from eight high schools to Newman Centers this year.
  • Held more than 50 faith formation offerings, including retreats, institutes, adult formation, RCIA sessions, scripture studies, sacramental parent meetings, seminars, and other formation events for more than 850 participants.
  • Welcomed four FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) missionaries to the University of Louisville community. These missionaries bring the life of Holy Scripture and Catholic tradition to the lives of the students by involving themselves in every aspect of university campus life: sports, academic discussions, prayer, sacramental life, and social activities.
  • Offered 121 catechist certification classes for 558 Catholic schoolteachers, parish catechists, and other parish ministers.
  • Provided 726 teachers, catechists, parish ministers, and adult learners with professional development during the 2019 Summer Institute.
  • Welcomed and collected contact information from hundreds of freshman at freshman orientation at the University of Louisville. Followed up by sending the freshman Catholic Campus Ministry and Interfaith Center information and Mass schedules as well as other opportunities to get involved and grow in their faith.
  • Recognized 41 catechists for completion of associate level catechist certification, 16 for advanced level, and nine for master level.
  • Mentored 13 youth minsters who are in their first two years of ministry.
  • Held RCIA Team Day for 48 participants.
  • Provide consultation to parishes, college campus ministry departments, and other local young adult groups to assist their effort to evangelize and meet the needs of young adults.
  • Held Confirmation workshop for more than 40 youth ministers, parish catechetical leaders and religion teachers who will be preparing youth people for the sacrament of Confirmation.
  • Held TEC retreat #13 (Together Encountering Christ) a 3-day retreat based upon the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ for 50 young adults and team members.
  • Formed a new Catholic Campus Ministry Leadership Council to organize and promote CCM activities and liturgies and to serve as liturgical ministers. These leaders also will assist in building Christian community and working with other faith traditions on campus.
  • Renovated Interfaith Center at the University of Louisville and organized safety procedures for use of the building.
  • Held two Amusement Park Catholic Youth Days with 200-300 youth, families, and youth leaders in attendance at each.
  • Convened an advisory board of 24 high school students to provide a “voice of youth” for the Office of Youth and Young Adults, as well as Archbishop Kurtz, parish youth ministers, and archdiocesan agency directors.
  • Offered week-long Christian leadership program for 27 high school youth – including a team of two young adults and 12 adults – 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.
  • Offered spiritual formation and Christian community through Faith Clubs for those with developmental disabilities to 77 individuals from 26 parishes.
  • Provide weekend Masses for 150-175 University of Louisville students and offer daily Mass on campus in addition to weekday Holy Hours and Eucharistic Adoration.
  • Held a celebration dinner to recognize 18 youth and 12 adults for their leadership in youth ministry. The dinner also recognized those completing the mentorship program in youth ministry, four adults for years of service in youth ministry, and one adult for a national award.

Charities/Social Justice (Catholic Charities)

  • Secured architectural plans and launched a capital campaign to raise funds for a new Catholic Charities Center.
  • Launched with other community agencies the “Be Golden Campaign,” which seeks to invite all faith traditions to highlight the importance of treating all people with dignity and respect. The focus is on immigrants, with goals to foster empathy and increase recognition that immigration is a human story. Provided educational resources for the implementation of this campaign in parishes.
  • Created and promoted a Wildflower Garden Guide, providing encouragement and education for individuals, parishes, and schools to plant and care for pollinator gardens, another way of showing caring for our common home, the Earth.
  • Provided nearly 15,000 instances of food, rental and utility assistance, case management services, clothing, and other emergency items – totaling more than $162,000 in aid – to 4,559 residents of West Louisville.
  • Organized first of its kind National Conference on Human Trafficking for more than 250 attendees from around the United States.
  • Advocated for and assisted nursing home residents and/or their families with 2,492 visits completed and 310 complaints resolved. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program covers two service areas with 9,460 nursing home residents and benefits from the efforts of 19 volunteers who have donated 2,360 hours to the program.
  • Convened nine archdiocesan agencies to collaborate on “Days of Human Dignity,” including a National Migration Week prayer service at the Cathedral of the Assumption, and education and formation on these issues for parishes.
  • Served 690 refugees and arranged more than 600 job placements at an average starting wage of $12 per hour.
  • Served 172 individuals through the Mother-Infant Care program of Catholic Charities. This program provides educational courses for pregnant women, a motherhood support group, a parent/child playgroup, and through the new Family Support On-the-Go program, through which parent-focused education is provided at other community agencies.
  • Assisted 78 individuals who were victims of human trafficking and conducted 79 human trafficking prevention trainings for 2,055 individuals.
  • Provided a caseworker who worked with clients at Bologna Alley (Cathedral of the Assumption daily lunch program) and assisted with approximately 241 applications for individuals who are homeless to obtain personal identification, which allows them to access social service benefits.
  • Graduated 22 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 301 events.
  • Provided education to 88 at-risk adolescent girls through the My Life My Choice program, a nationally acclaimed prevention and support group curriculum used to educate and empower girls between the ages of 11 to 18.
  • Provided immigration legal services in 1,167 new cases.
  • Provided language interpretation services at 9,799 appointments/meetings providing a total of 14,653 hours of interpreting in 38 languages.
  • Held 15 refugee simulations for 1,084 individuals. These simulations provide parish and school participants with insight into the challenges faced by millions of refugees worldwide.
  • Received assistance with Catholic Charities ministry and programming from 633 volunteers from 18 parishes.

Stewardship/Administration (Finance, Mission Advancement, Personnel and Planning)

  • Planned and conducted the annual Catholic Services Appeal, raising over $4 million in gifts and pledges, which was 103% of goal with 13,250 donors. 60 parishes met or exceeded their parish financial goals, and 20 met or exceeded their parish participation goals.
  • Welcomed 2,051 donors into the 2018 Salt & Light Giving Society for the Catholic Services Appeal.
  • Retained a former S. Attorney, former Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police and retired Judge Advocate General to review archdiocesan records regarding sexual abuse, write a report on his review of the files and the history of the archdiocesan response to sexual abuse by clergy, and prepare a list of credibly accused clergy. See www.archlou.org/report-sexual-abuse.
  • Completed the Quinquennial, a report compiled every seven years for the Holy See that includes a comprehensive outline of the programs, ministries, leadership, and finances of the Archdiocese.
  • Coordinated a designated gift option within the Catholic Services Appeal, which raised $301,761 in gifts and pledges for the Seminarian Education Fund.
  • Raised $193,500 as a match to a $200,000 Lilly Endowment grant that will provide assistance to priests and lay ecclesial ministers experiencing financial hardships.
  • Prepared a planned giving summer newsletter mailing to over 2,300 parishioner households.
  • Conducted an outreach program of mailing signed sympathy cards to families of deceased parishioners.
  • Conducted two CSA information meetings for parish staff to raise their awareness and training regarding the Catholic Services Appeal.
  • Compiled highly detailed data packages (staffing, sacrament trends, demographics, financials, school enrollments, etc.) for 21 parishes that experienced pastor changes during the year.
  • Assisted Catholic Charities staff with planning, organizing, and executing Catholic Charities’ capital campaign and helped with gift entry, financial record keeping, and bank arrangements for the campaign.
  • Initiated a new Lenten gift program for major donors.
  • Updated over 45,000 records for the archdiocese database. This contact information is used to mail The Record and other information from the Archdiocese.
  • Facilitated one-on-one financial planning consultation with trained professionals to date for 20 priests and 18 lay ecclesial ministers.
  • Obtained $3.5 million bond financing for Bethlehem High School for a new athletic complex project.
  • Held information meetings with three to five parish finance councils to explain investing in Catholic Foundation of Louisville. At June 30, 2019, total investments in the Catholic Foundation of Louisville are $14.8 million. Of this amount, $9.1 million consists of archdiocesan initiatives (Priest Retirement, Seminarian Education, Parish Assistance, and Legacy), $2.0 million is from Catholic Cemeteries, and $3.7 million comprises parish/school funds.
  • Conducted various financial workshops for new school principals, parish business managers, and bookkeepers.
  • Assisted parishes in the purchase or sale of various real estate properties. Reviewed lease agreements of parish properties and major parish capital expenditures and reviewed parish loan requests for large capital expenditures. Coordinated approvals from the Archdiocesan Finance Council and Archbishop Kurtz.
  • Completed 42 parish internal audits.
  • Provided on-site training assistance to 18 parishes involving various accounting/bookkeeping issues and attended numerous parish finance council meetings to assist parishes with financial issues.
  • Performed accounting functions for the new EdChoice Corporation, which hopes to advance primary and secondary education in the state of Kentucky and for the Catholic Conference of Kentucky.
  • Prepared a special report about the financial health of parishes for Archbishop and senior staff review; prepared reports for Priests’ Council meetings, which included priest retirement projections, five-year assessment comparison, and five-year parish offertory comparison.
  • Conducted two to three parish software demonstration workshops with approximately 10-15 parish business managers to evaluate possible future parish software.
  • Coordinated quarterly safety meetings with parishes.
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