Appeal offers chance to do Jesus' work
Annual fund-raiser makes possible services to individuals and parishes
First in a series on the annual Bishop's Appeal
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
The Diocese of Green Bay is seeking $4.1 million in 2001 during
its annual fund-raising effort, the Bishop's Appeal, which
provides direct services to individuals and consulting services
"We feel pretty confident that we can reach this level, since we
were able to raise $3.9 million during last year's Appeal," said
Ron Shaha, director of the Bishop's Appeal.
"The real work of helping people happens in the parishes," said
Cindi Brawner, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development.
"But the parishes can't do it alone. Bishop's Appeal donations
help fund education, counseling programs and services that heal
and enrich local families, parishes and communities."
The Bishop's Appeal supports hundreds of ministries throughout
the diocese including counseling from state-certified therapists
in areas of addiction, abuse and conflict, assistance for
refugees and immigrants, support for the training of parish
priests and lay leaders, continuing education for Catholic school
teachers, administrators, religious educators and parents,
support for a mission in the Dominican Republic, the weekly TV
Mass, Marriage Preparation and The Compass. Bishop's Appeal 2001
kicks off this weekend, Feb. 3-4.
"Your contributions to the Bishop's Appeal have enabled us to
educate our young people, to welcome those who are seeking a new
beginning in this country, to comfort those who are hurting and
to bring Christ in Word and Sacrament to the young and old," said
Bp. Robert Banks. "Thank you for your generosity."
This weekend many parishes will show a video introducing Bishop's
Appeal 2001. The theme for the Appeal, taken from the 2001
diocesan theme, is "Summoned to Serve."
"Each of us is summoned by Jesus to serve," said Bp. Banks. "We
do it especially in our family life, our neighborhoods and our
workplaces. We also do it for the church by helping those in
In addition to the $4.1 million mark, another goal for 2001 is
increasing the average gift per person, said Shaha. Gifts per
person increased in 2000 to $80.91, up from $74 in 1999. Shaha
said the diocese would like to see that average gift reach the
Gifts from the Crozier Society-for persons who give $500 or
more-increased 26% last year. Gifts of $715,000 were received
from Crozier Society members in 2000, up from $500,000 in 1999.
The average gift per Crozier Society member was $769. Membership
increased from 720 in 1999 to 903 in 2000. Gifts from the Crozier
Society represented 19% of the total Bishop's Appeal in the year
To help promote the Bishop's Appeal, a series of 30-second
commercials will be broadcast on television and radio stations
across Northeastern Wisconsin. The television spots will show
examples of the Bishop's Appeal at work. One of the commercials
looks at how the Bishop's Appeal assists families and newcomers
in the diocese. The other television commercial features Joan
Bartman, pastoral associate at St. Mary Margaret Parish, Neenah,
and focuses on support for lay ministry.
"We live in a time of great prosperity," said Bp. Banks. "but our
culture is such that we have serious need for even greater help.
It is our mission to let everyone in our diocese know that God
loves them and the church cares."
"Generosity to the poor and for the work of the church is an
essential part of Gospel living. Your generosity to the Bishop's
Appeal does both."
For more information about Bishop's Appeal 2001, contact Ron
Shaha at (920)437-7531, ext. 8196; P.O. Box 23825, Green Bay
54305-3825 or e-mail: [email protected].