Director of resource development Peter de Keratry has written to people of Brisbane archdiocese to thank them for their generosity in the Annual Catholic Campaign.
THANK you, thank you, thank you.
Because of the generosity of many benefactors in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, the recent You Make a Difference to Me Annual Catholic Campaign was a tremendous success.
The campaign more than exceeded its goal, raising more than $1 million from 6000 identified and thousands of anonymous benefactors.
This amount is more than double that raised in any in-parish appeal process for individual archdiocesan ministries.
In addition to more than $1 million raised, 416 individuals have signed up to provide ongoing monthly support of $18,265.
By signing up as monthly donors, these individuals have joined the Living Faith Society.
The Living Faith Society is the archdiocesan program to recognise and engage individuals who provide ongoing monthly gifts in support of ministry.
The Annual Catholic Campaign was designed to raise funds for the new Charitable Works Fund, which supports the work of Centacare, the Priests Foundation, Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary and the new Mary MacKillop Brisbane Catholic School Access Fund.
All receiptable tax-deductible gifts to the campaign are divided equally in support of these four ministries.
Other money given in parishes and schools, along with anonymous gifts to the program support the Religious Ministry Fund.
This fund supports vocations, campus ministry, catechesis, and other non-deductable religious activities of the Church.
The campaign was an effort by the Archdiocese of Brisbane to raise more funds for ministries in the Church, while at the same time limiting the number of in-Mass appeals for funds.
The consolidation of archdiocesan fundraising for Centacare, the seminary and the Priests Foundation has been well received.
In-Mass appeals for other important ministries like Caritas, Catholic Mission and St Vincent de Paul Society are not part of the archdiocesan process and will continue as before in parishes.
Centacare, The Priests Foundation, Holy Spirit Seminary and other ministries of the archdiocese will continue to seek funds from individual visits, letters in the mail, events and other non-Mass related programs.
By responding so positively in support of ministries of the Church, the people of the Archdiocese of Brisbane are clearly giving life to Pope Francis’ vision of seeing Christ in the face of all.