Archdiocese of St. Louis Announces Successful Annual Catholic Appeal
Community Relations Specialist
Appeal Exceeds Goal by Nearly $1.4 Million Despite Tight Economy
ST. LOUIS – On Friday, Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced the results of the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) which raised nearly $14.9 million with generous contributions from more than 51,000 Catholic households and the Perpetual Light Society Endowment. Anticipated estate and corporate matching gifts will add to the total.
The results show unwavering support among Catholics for the archdiocese and its ministries. Nearly 60 parishes increased participation over last year, while 150 parishes surpassed their financial goal. The $14.89 million raised in 2016 exceeds the $13.5 million overall goal, reflecting the generosity of so many donors, even in a tight economic environment and despite other major campaigns in the archdiocese.
“Your generous response to the Annual Catholic Appeal helps us to share Christ’s love and mercy with families throughout our Archdiocese,” Archbishop Carlson said. “Thank you for your many prayers and sacrifices. I will be praying for you and for all who will benefit from the Appeal.”
Christopher Schmidt, 2016 ACA Chairman, added, “I want to express my sincere gratitude to our pastors, parish chairs, hundreds of volunteers, the Stewardship Office that leads the ACA effort and, above all, the generous individuals and families in the archdiocese. It is humbling to realize that over 50,000 households generously donated nearly $15 million to build the Church. Because of your sacrificial gifts, many people in our community will continue to get the loving help they need. Thank you for your steadfast commitment and generosity.”
Each spring, the ACA asks Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese to make pledges to support programs, organizations, and ministries for people of all faith traditions. Spanning ten counties and the City of St. Louis, these programs assist the homeless and hungry, provide pro-life resources, support women and their children, and fund Catholic education and family counseling, among other charitable works. All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to the various programs, organizations, and ministries that carry out the important work of the Church.