Nearly $15 million raised with the message of “Peace”
ST. LOUIS – On Friday, Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced the record results of nearly $15 million in contributions and pledges to the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) from more than 54,000 Catholic households and the Perpetual Light Society Endowment. The $14.9 million total is an increase of 5.5% from the 2014 appeal, and an increase of about $2.25 million since 2010. Anticipated estate and corporate matching gifts will add to the total.
The results reflect increasing support among Catholics for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its ministries; in fact, 112 parishes improved their participation rates, and 152 parishes surpassed their financial goal. In a region which has seen a rise in violence, the 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal theme was appropriately drawn from the Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.
“The most important part of this success is that we can better respond to those who come to the Church seeking help,” Archbishop Carlson said. “In a community which needs ‘instruments of peace’ more than ever, our ministries feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and educate our children. We are able to care for the living and visible body of Christ through the generosity and faithful stewardship of Catholics in the archdiocese. For that, I am extremely grateful.”
“This program has been successful for many years,” 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal Chair Con McGrath said. “This new level of success is a credit to the great generosity of the people of the archdiocese, the dedication of parishes, pastors, parish chairpersons and all the volunteers who have worked and continue to work as instruments of peace in our region.”
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. Spanning 10 counties and the City of St. Louis, these programs assist the homeless and hungry, 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. All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to these various ministries, schools, and organizations.
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