Outpouring of Support Follows the Call to “Build My Church”
ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced the results of the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal on Friday. The results reflect unwavering support among the Catholic community for the archdiocese and its ministries. Nearly $14.2 million was raised from more than 54,000 Catholic households through pledges, gifts and distributions from the Perpetual Light Society Endowment. Another $450,000 is expected from estate gifts and corporate matching gifts—bringing the total impact up to more than $14.6 million for this year.
“God told St. Francis to ‘Build my Church’ and he responded graciously. Following that example, thousands of generous Catholics responded to the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal,” Archbishop Carlson said. “I want to thank the generous people in the Archdiocese of St. Louis who have once again demonstrated their steadfast commitment and support for education, vocations, evangelization and other vital ministries. I am especially grateful to all of the pastors and volunteers who made this year’s success possible. Thousands of people will benefit from this renewed outpouring of generosity. Most importantly, it paves the way for others to come to know the love of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
“These outstanding results are a reflection of the faithful’s generosity and selflessness in supporting the mission of the Church,” Jim Crowley, 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal Chair, said. “I am grateful for their work. The tradition of generosity continues.”
Each spring, the ACA asks Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese to make pledges to support programs for people of all faith traditions. These programs assist the homeless and hungry, help families seeking an education for their children, fund scholarships for students in Catholic schools, and support teachers’ salaries. Resources for pro-life programs, assistance for women and their babies, and family counseling are also made available through the Appeal.
“I am amazed by the work that our volunteers do. Thousands of people turn out to help the Appeal year after year. I can’t tell you what an honor it is to know them and work with them,” Brian Niebrugge, Executive Director of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal, said.