ALLOUEZ — The 2019 Bishop’s Appeal kicks of this weekend, Feb. 2 and 3, in parishes around the Diocese of Green Bay. The annual Appeal supports ministries and services to parishes, schools, families and individuals.
“As we kick off this year’s Bishop’s Appeal, please know your gift helps people who are struggling most in life and those wanting to grow in their relationship with Jesus,” said Tammy Danz, Bishop’s Appeal director. “Much of this work happens in our parishes, Catholic schools and through the many ministries of the Diocese of Green Bay.”
The theme for this year’s Bishop’s Appeal is “Missionaries of Hope.” It reflects the service of missionary disciples of Jesus who offer hope to people in northeast Wisconsin through ministries funded by the Bishop’s Appeal. These ministries are led by “mission teams” that make up the diocesan Curia. Among the mission teams receiving funding are:
- Catholic Charities & Living Justice Mission Team: The ministries of Catholic Charities provide social service programs to people throughout northeast Wisconsin each year from offices in five communities. These include individual and family counseling services, family strengthening services, adoption and pregnancy counseling and financial health services. The Living Justice ministry advocates and supports pro-life activities through programs such as Care Ministry. Last year, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $1,309,440 (38 percent of its operating budget) to fund this mission team’s ministries.
- Families & Schools of Discipleship Mission Team: This team offers resources, materials and curriculum that guide educational programs for Catholic schools and parishes. It also offers marriage preparation ministries. Among the programs it offers are: Principal Leadership Days, Religious Certification Program and campus ministry at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh. The mission team’s support from the Bishop’s Appeal in 2018 ($1,767,438) represented 83 percent of its operating budget.
- Parish Life Mission Team: This team supports the sacramental and liturgical life of parishes and provides opportunities for people to learn and experience God. Its ministries include: parish evangelization efforts, young adult ministry, divine worship, parish mission planning and multicultural ministry. The Parish Mission Team’s support of $1,248,186 through the Bishop’s Appeal provided 92 percent of its operating budget.
- Discipleship & Leadership Development Mission Team: This mission team trains and forms priests, deacons, parish leaders and lay ministers through the Diaconate Program, Discipleship Formation Ministry and Emmaus Lay Ministry. In 2018, the mission team received $839,087 to support its ministries.
- In addition, The Compass receives support through the Bishop’s Appeal. In 2018, the Appeal distributed $252,571 to The Compass to support its ministry of educating, inspiring and informing readers.
The goal for this year’s Bishop’s Appeal is $5.4 million, the same as in 2018.
To learn more about the impact the Bishop’s Appeal makes in local communities, visit catholicfoundationgb.org/video. “On behalf of all the people benefiting from your generosity, thank you,” said Danz.