Seminarian Collection Reaches $621,000

Facebook-8.12.15-Family-Blessing-v1The Seminarian Collection has raised $621,000 since early August to help support men on their journey to the priesthood. This year, the Diocese anticipates needing nearly $1,000,000 to train and form more than 25 seminarians who will ultimately serve our diocese.

Newly ordained priest Fr. Edward Looney has said, “I enjoy being a part of other people’s lives and accompanying them as they encounter God. I am so grateful for the prayers and support of the Seminarian Collection.”

If you’ve made a gift to the 2015 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 Hope for the Future

367-fixed-WEBTen years ago we began the annual Seminarian Collection with a theme of “Hope for the Future, Help Them Today.”  Today, we celebrate ten years of hope!  Ten years of investing into the lives of young men who lead us in worship, and care for the people of Northeastern Wisconsin.  On August 1 parishes throughout the diocese will begin the 2015 Seminarian Collection.

“Over the last decade, we have ordained 20 priests who now serve our diocese. The faith journey of these men would not have been possible without parishioners’ prayers and support of the Seminarian
Collection,” said Bishop David L. Ricken.

Make your gift today…these men are our Hope for the Future! Please Help them Today!

Bishop’s Appeal Surpasses $5.4 Million

The 2015 Bishop’s Appeal has raised $5,408,821 from nearly 30,345 families047-fixed-WEB
and individuals.  Thank you to everyone who has supported the Appeal this year!

The theme to this years’ Bishop’s Appeal is Building Disciples of Christ.  The Appeal builds up modern day disciples, like our newly ordained deacons who share the Good News of Christ.  Gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal help build many different disciples:

  • Your gift helps train deacons and lay ministers.
  • Your gift helps care for those in need of counseling through Catholic Charities.
  • Your gift helps share the faith through the New Evangelization.
  • And your gift helps educate children and adults in the faith.

If you have not yet made your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal, and you want to be part of building modern day disciples for Christ, you may still make a gift.

Learn more here about all the wonderful ministries the Bishop’s Appeal supports.

Catholic Foundation Approves Grants & Distributions

The Catholic Foundation Board of Directors has approved more thanGroup Of Primary Schoolchildren And Teacher Working At Desks In Classroom
$3.2 million in grants and distributions to support those who look for care through our parishes, Catholic schools, and other Catholic ministries here in northeastern Wisconsin.

In 2015, $441,032 will be distributed from four Advancing the Mission (ATM) endowments to help parishes evangelize, develop Church leaders, foster lifelong learning, and care for our retired priests.  From 2006 – 2010, ATM raised nearly $40 million.  Half of these funds went to parishes for individual needs, the other half established four endowments.

Lumen Christi raised $8 million for endowment in 1988, and today is worth $12.5 million.  Over 26 years, Lumen Christi has distributed $14 million dollars, and this year we will distribute nearly $700,000 to Catholic schools, parish religious education efforts, and for scholarships to education leaders.  Every parish and Catholic school in our diocese receives Lumen Christi distributions.

Learn more about past Catholic Foundation grants and distributions from our Annual Report at

Foundation supports the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

Shrine-of-Our-Lady-of-Good-HelpThe Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help sits quietly in Northeastern Wisconsin, surrounded by dairy farms and rolling cornfields. Seemingly untouched by our modern world, for over 150 years it has been a place where the faithful have come to seek intercession from the Blessed Virgin Mother.

The Catholic Foundation assists the Shrine by doing an annual fundraising campaign, encouraging people to establish endowments that benefit the Shrine and by helping people leave a legacy by remembering the Shrine in their wills and estates. To help the Shrine today, please consider making a gift.

If you would like more information on how you may leave a legacy to support the 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.

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!