A banner year for Bishop’s Appeal

By The Texas Catholic

Even with a backdrop of a rocky U.S. economy, pledges and contributions to The Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries set records in 2011.

Approximately 36,000 donors pledged $7.7 million to the fund. At the beginning of December, $6.2 million already had been collected by the office of The Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries.

“Your gifts are currently helping people throughout the nine counties that make up our diocese,” Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said. “Your kindness enables us to make a positive impact on thousands of lives in our community.”

In 2010, pledges topped $6.2 million and actual donations collected were approximately $5.4 million.

The gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries helps fund various diocesan entities, departments and missions over the 7,330 square miles in the nine North Texas counties of Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall.

Among the ministries receiving assistance through the fund are the ministries for marriage, deacons, youth and young adults, addiction and prison and jail.
Other recipients include liturgy and worship, catechetical services, Catholic Charities, Vocations and the education of seminarians.

“The Diocese of Dallas has been blessed this year with many records,” said Paul Vitanza, CFRE, director of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries. “Three young men have been ordained priests, dozens have been ordained as deacons, and 36,000 families listened to the need and participated by giving to The Bishop’s Annual Appeal and set a new record. We are truly blessed.”

Over the next few weeks, Catholics across the diocese will be receiving reports about the 2011 Bishops Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries through various forms of communications within their parishes and through The Texas Catholic.

Almost simultaneously, the 2012 Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries will kick off its campaign.