April 14, 2015 // Uncategorized

The 2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal sets a record

FORT WAYNE — The 2014 Annual Bishop’s Appeal, “Let Us Love In Deed and Truth,” is another success.

Harry Verhiley, Secretary for Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, told Today’s Catholic the goal for the 2014-15 Appeal was $5,048,769. “Because of the generosity of our families, we raised $6,502,645 which accounts for 129 percent of the goal,” he said.

“When our diocese raises funds above the goal, 100 percent of the overage goes back to the respective over-goal parishes,” Verhiley said. “That means that the 2014 Bishop’s Appeal will return nearly $1.5 million back to our over-goal parishes, once collected. This is important, since these funds support ministries and services offered in our parishes.”

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades told Today’s Catholic, “The faithful of our diocese are always generous to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, as well as other parish and diocesan needs. I am so very grateful to all who gave to the 2014 Appeal.”

“The Annual Bishop’s Appeal is an important funding source for the mission and ministries of our diocese,” Bishop Rhoades said. “Your generous support for the work of the Church is a faithful witness to the generous love of God. This witness is Christ-like, because Jesus gave Himself completely for our sake. I pray that God will continue to bless the work of our diocese and all the faithful who continue to contribute to this important work.”

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