*Certain photos throughout this report were taken prior to COVID-19, including the cover.
Letter from Bishop Edward J. Burns
“With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication … ”
— EPHESIANS 6:18
Funding for Pastoral Outreach goes to support Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD) and their work in serving more than 10,000 families spread across North Texas. In addition to assisting the homeless with food programs and employment services, CCD provides help to victims of abuse, as well as advocacy on behalf of immigrants and refugees.
Throughout the pandemic, Catholic Charities Dallas has also been able to provide financial assistance to more than 1,100 families and meals for more than 68,000 families.
EDUCATION OF SEMINARIANS
Thanks to the great work done by our Vocations Office, Holy Trinity Seminary continues to draw more men to discern their call to the priesthood in the Diocese of Dallas. This year, 6 men were ordained to the priesthood, and currently, there are more than 70 seminarians in formation.
Contributions from the annual appeal go toward tuition, as well as the academic and spiritual development of seminarians at Holy Trinity and Redemptoris Mater seminaries. Funds are also used to support those seminarians who continue their formation in other seminaries in the U.S. and Rome.
Funds from the annual appeal primarily provide support for principals and presidents in our 29 diocesan schools including curriculum development and training, professional development, enrollment marketing, board development, community partnerships, and helping schools find qualified teachers.
The Catholic Schools Office has been able to provide outstanding leadership for our schools by equipping them with detailed plans for students to be able to safely and effectively return to the classroom either in-person or virtually.
Diocesan priests and deacons are extensions of the priesthood of the bishop. Through these men, we have access to the sacraments at each milestone of our faith life, from baptism to death.
Funds from the annual appeal not only support the Vocations Office in recruiting more men to discern the priesthood, but also support ongoing faith formation and spiritual services for our current priests and deacons in the diocese.
Because priesthood is a life-long commitment, the annual appeal also provides health care and medical services for our retired priests.
Pastoral Services include all the programs and services specifically aimed at helping the Catholic Church grow in its mission. Ministries included in the impact of Pastoral Services are the Offices of Worship, Catechetical Services, Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries, Marriage and Family Life, Hospital and Prison Ministries.
These ministries are essential in forming parish ministers and leaders and are indispensable in not only sustaining the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Dallas but helping it thrive.