The 2017 Annual Bishop’s Appeal “One Body in Christ” was a success. For the fourth consecutive year, the appeal set a diocesan record for total dollars donated, generating $6,953,240 in support and surpassing the previous year’s effort of $6,869,097. The 2017 appeal generated 131 percent of its budgeted goal, resulting in over $1.64 million dollars of support being returned to the parishes of the diocese.
According to Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, the generosity of the faithful in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in the Annual Bishop’s Appeal is a testament to faith and love for God and His Church. “I am very grateful for the sacrifices of so many to ensure that the ministries and good works of our diocese continue,” he said. “I thank everyone for their support and generosity of this past year.”
The Annual Bishop’s Appeal is conducted each year to support the various ministries of the Diocese. The appeal is extremely vital in supporting the operating costs of all diocesan offices and ministries. Without support from the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, these offices and ministries would no longer be able to provide critical support services that ultimately benefit and serve all the parishioners of the diocese.
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