A Message from Archbishop Carlson

One constant in Mary’s life, in the midst of great uncertainty, was her complete confidence in God and His plan for her. From the beginning, when the angel Gabriel announced that she would be the Mother of God, until her Son’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection, Mary remained of one heart. At a time when so much is being asked of our Catholic families, I am thankful for your ongoing generosity. Your extraordinary sacrifices are a true reflection of Mary’s willingness to be of “one heart, in charity.” 

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis 


The life of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is the greatest example of how to live a life of love and tenderness. In many ways, her life is a revolution of tenderness. Mary was unexpectedly pregnant, driven from her home by an evil ruler, forced to flee as a refugee with her baby on the back of a donkey, literally homeless for the first year of her marriage. Not the best start in the eyes of the world.

Pope Francis reminds us, “The Bible is full of families, births, love stories and family crises” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Family, 8). The Annual Catholic Appeal reaches out to individuals and families during times of great joy and immense sorrow. Together, we bring love and tenderness, just as the Catholic Church has since the time of Christ.

Beginning with the Annunciation, Mary accepted uncertainty without fear. Mary’s response to God’s call to become the Mother of God was simply, “The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is His name. His mercy is from age to age” (Lk. 1:49).

As stewards of God’s gifts, we are grateful for the great things God has done for us and we seek to share our blessings with others through the Annual Catholic Appeal.


Mary has a powerful presence in her Son’s life, most dramatically at the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and at the end as He hangs upon the cross. At the Wedding Feast of Cana, when the wine runs dry, we see Mary directing the servants, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn. 2:5). As Jesus turns water into wine, His mother tells the world, “Do whatever He tells you” and you will find the greatest and sweetest reward.

Your support of the Annual Catholic Appeal demonstrates your faithful willingness, like Mary, to invite others to follow the call of her Son. Your gift will help make possible the thousands of miracles that take place in the lives of those we serve every day.


With one heart, as the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we pray for a charitable response to help the less fortunate, those in material and spiritual need, and the forgotten. Your gifts are so important to help those facing many of the same uncertainties and fears that the young woman of Nazareth faced.


Approximately 91 cents of every dollar raised goes back into the community in the form of direct services.


The Annual Catholic Appeal supports the following programs and ministries. If you need assistance or help in any way, please call today.

All gifts are designated in advance for the services listed.

Archdiocesan Seminary   $800,000   314.792.6100
Stewardship and Development Support for Parishes, Schools and Agencies   500,000   314.792.7680
Laity and Family Life   450,000   314.792.7180
Vocation Programs   350,000   314.792.6460
Paul VI Institute/Adult Catechesis   290,000   314.792.7450
Natural Family Planning   190,000   314.997.7576
Parish Emergency Assistance Fund   85,000   314.792.7680
Elementary Teachers Educational Fund   75,000   314.792.7300
High School Stewardship Essay Program   55,000   314.792.7680
Support for Religious Orders   25,000   314.792.7251
Catholic Youth Apostolate   20,000   314.792.7600
Care for Active and Retired Priests   $725,000   314.792.7034
St. Charles Lwanga Center   145,000   314.367.7929
Catholic St. Louis Magazine   80,000   314.792.7500
Rural Parish Workers   55,000   636.586.5171
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis   50,000   314.373.8200
Latin America Apostolate   50,000   314.792.7655
Catholic Renewal Center   25,000   314.801.8688
Messengers of Peace Mission Work   25,000   314.792.7655
Special Needs Fund   10,000   314.792.7283
Catholic Charities   $1,250,000   314.367.5500
Respect Life Apostolate   325,000   314.792.7555
Regina Cleri Priests Retirement Home   315,000   314.968.2240
Hispanic Ministry   195,000   314.792.7890
Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service   90,000   636.441.1302
Criminal Justice Ministry   65,000   314.652.8062
Archbishop's Charity Fund   47,500   314.792.7680
Immigrant and Refugee Support   40,000   314.772.1525
Parish Food Pantries   35,000   314.792.7680
Doorways HIV Ministry   25,000   314.535.1919
Peter and Paul Community Services, Shelter at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish   10,000   314.231.9923
Elementary School Assistance   $2,000,000   314.792.7300
Archdiocesan High Schools   1,170,000   314.792.7300
Continuing Formation of Priests   625,000   314.792.7550
Special Education   300,000   314.792.7300
Parochial High Schools   260,000   314.792.7300
Newman Centers on College Campuses   190,000   314.935.9191
Permanent Diaconate   130,000   314.792.7430
Today and Tomorrow Educational Fund   100,000   314.792.7621
Annual Catholic Appeal Expenses   $1,335,000   314.792.7680
Reserve for Unpaid Pledges   825,000   314.792.7680
Archdiocesan Services   412,500   314.792.7680
2017 Appeal Goal:  $13,750,000