Merry Christmas from the Catholic Foundation

“She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7

The anticipation, arrival and celebration of Jesus on Christmas Day bring us all joy. May you and your family experience the love of Jesus during this Christmas season and throughout the New Year!

The Catholic Foundation has encouraged financial stewardship and generosity for nearly 20 years.  To learn more about the Catholic Foundation, please view the Annual Report on our website.  Peace and blessings, Cindi Brawner, Josh Diedrich and the Staff of the Catholic Foundation.

Peace and blessings,

Cindi Brawner, Josh Diedrich and the Staff of the Catholic Foundation

Retirement Collection

Through the Retirement Collection we are able to Facebook v2 Post Retirement Coll 2015
Share in the Care of our retired sisters, brothers, religious order priests and senior priests in our Diocese.  Many of these selfless women and men continue to minister well into their 80’s and 90’s.

Please pray for them and be generous in helping those who have given so much over the years.

A collection will take place at your parish on December 10 & 11. You may also make an online donation or send a check payable to: CF/Retirement Collection

Mail to: Catholic Foundation, PO Box 23001, Green Bay, WI  54305-3001

Thank you for sharing in the care of our retired sisters, brothers, religious order and senior priests in our Diocese.

IRA Charitable Rollover Now Permanent

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IRA charitable rollover. If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can make a charitable gift up to $100,000 from your IRA. Your gift will qualify for your required minimum distribution and you will not have to pay federal income tax on the amount given directly from your IRA to charity.

Please consider a gift to your Parish, Catholic school, the Catholic Foundation, Bishop’s Appeal Endowment, or other diocesan ministry.

For more information please contact your IRA administrator or tax
adviser.  You may also  call Cindi Brawner here at the
Catholic Foundation:  920-272-8173.

Seminarian Collection Reaches $947,000

2016-Seminarian-Ordination-PhotoWEBThe Seminarian Collection has raised more than $947,000 to help support men on their journey to the priesthood.  This year, the Diocese anticipates spending nearly $1,000,000 to train and form our seminarians.

If you’ve made a gift to the 2016 Seminarian Collection, thank you! You may still make your gift to help educate and form our future priests today. Please give to the Seminarian Collection.

Our Lady of Good Help Shrine Receives National Designation

New Logo

Bishop David Ricken announced on Monday, August 15th that the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin has been designated as a National Shrine by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bishop Ricken said, “This National Designation will help us reach even more pilgrims with the message the Holy Mother shared with Adele Brise to form the children in faith and prayer.”

Bishop Ricken unveiled a new logo for the Shrine, which incorporates the new name – The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. Also in anticipation of the National Designation, several enhancements have been undertaken at the Shrine, including improving access to the Oratory and creation of a Welcome Center. For more information, visit

The Catholic Foundation is proud to partner with the Shrine.  To help The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, please consider making a gift.

If you would like more information on how you may leave a legacy to support The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, your parish or other ministries and programs in the Diocese of Green Bay, please contact Cindi Brawner at 920-272-8173 or Josh Diedrich at 920-272-8197.

Bishop’s Appeal Reaches $5.5 Million

Pope Francis reminds us that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God.  We do this when we visit the sick, care for the afflicted, and inspire others in their faith.

Through the Bishop’s Appeal, we are Faces of God’s Mercy.  It is with great appreciation we can say more than $5.5 million has been raised from 29,500 donors.  These gifts directly impact the ministries and services provided by the Diocese of Green Bay.  More importantly, gifts help people see the face of Jesus.

Your gift helps show mercy to others, to reach out in kindness and lend a helping hand.  Please support the Bishop’s Appeal with your gift today!  Thank you for your support of the Bishop’s Appeal.

Impacting Lives for more than Fifteen Years

Since its founding in 1997, the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay has distributed more than $19,000,000 to support Church ministries and services for the spiritual, educational, and social needs of God’s people.

We can help you:

  • Make a gift that immediately makes a difference
  • Make a gift that both gives you a life income and helps others
  • Make a gift that will help others later through deferred giving
  • Make a gift to a new or existing fund that
    benefits a parish or ministry

Whether you are interested in assisting a ministry of the Church, educating our seminarians, remembering the Church in your will, helping your parish or the Church in many other ways bring Christ to thousands of people throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, the Catholic Foundation can assist you.

Each gift helps. Thank you on behalf of everyone you are assisting.

To learn more about how we can help you with your charitable intentions, please review our Annual Report or Contact Us today!