Extraordinary World Mission Month October 2019

Pope Francis asks the whole Church to celebrate the Extraordinary World Mission  month of October 2019.  The theme for this Extraordinary World Mission month is Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.

Celebrating this will help us to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith graciously bestowed on us in baptism.  We received this gift freely and we share it freely, excluding no one.  The Church on mission in the world enables us to see all with God’s own eyes and heart and to bring love, mercy, hope and sacraments to the ends of the earth.

With generous hearts on World Mission Sunday, please support the work of those who provide loving service and a special moment of encounter with the Pope’s missions throughout the world.  This can be accomplished through prayer, reflection and witness.  Thank you and God bless you!  For more information, contact World Missions at 920.272.8192 or email [email protected]

Arthur Schmidt: A Legacy

“Leading a life of stewardship encourages one to return a grateful share of all they have to God in recognition of His many blessings.”

It is with deep sadness we say farewell to Arthur Schmidt, a founding member of the Catholic Foundation Board of Directors.  Art along his wife, Gladys, and their family have spent a lifetime committed to leading a stewardship way of life.  Art treated all those he met with love and kindness and knew all his successes were abundant blessings from God.  He continuously looked for ways to share those gifts with others.  Countless people have been touched by the faith and stewardship of Art Schmidt – he will be deeply missed.

Read Arthur Schmidt Obituary here.

Prayers and Support for Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Millions of people from around the world watched with great sadness as fire tore through the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  This iconic Cathedral has been a welcoming place of worship and pilgrimage for more than eight centuries.  It housed essential relics, including those related to the crucifixion of Christ.  The impact of the fire on the faithful of the city and of the world is immense and the full extent will not be known for some time.

If you would like to support this disaster, gifts can be sent to: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Attn: Monsignor Walter Rossi, Rector, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20017.  Checks should be made payable to “Basilica of the  National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception”; indicate “Cathedral of Notre Dame Fund” in the memo portion of the check.  All gifts received will be used solely for the assistance of Notre Dame Cathedral and those affected by this tragedy.

Cindi Brawner Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award Recipient

Cindi Brawner received the Outstanding Fundraising Professional award from the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at their National Day of Philanthropy event November 15 in Oshkosh.

“There are many people who could have been chosen for this award,” shared Brawner.  “I am very honored and humbled to have been this year’s recipient.  My career in philanthropy has been successful because of the wonderful philanthropists with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with and the supportive colleagues I have at the Catholic Foundation.  It is really a team effort.”

This award is presented to an individual fundraising professional who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner, has at least five years of professional fundraising experience, demonstrates quality of leadership and acts as a team player.  The recipient must also show a commitment to continuing professional development, to fundraising and philanthropy through volunteer service and financial support of non-profit organizations.

Brawner is a senior relationship manager with the Catholic Foundation and previously served as executive director from 1997 to 2017.

2018 Bishop’s Appeal a Success

As this year comes to an end, it is a time to count our blessings.  We are very thankful for you!  With your support, we raised $6,074,000 from more than 29,692 families and individuals.  

Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal helped bring joy to young couples wanting to start their family through Adoption Services at Catholic Charities.  Your gift helped train care ministers to be the face of Christ to those who are homebound or in a nursing home.  Through your support of the Appeal you helped this special ministry bring Holy Communion to many people.  

Thank you for your generosity! To learn more about how the Bishop’s Appeal funds were used, please visit www.catholicfoundationgb.org/inspiringdisciples.

World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday is a day for Catholics worldwide to recommit to the Church’s mission through prayer and sacrifice.

Your gift helps places like Uganda where people face food uncertainty and violence, the Philippines where local clergy face martyrdom, Oceania where people’s livelihoods are threatened by climate change and remote regions of Latin America where people are hearing the Gospel for the first time.

On October 21, please make a generous gift to the World Mission Sunday Collection at your parish.  For more information, please contact World Missions at 920.272.8192 or email [email protected].

Fr. Mike Seis Celebrates 25 Years of Priesthood

Ordained in 1993, Fr. Mike Seis, an Antigo native, served as associate pastor at St. Bernard Parish, Green Bay until 1995 when he volunteered for a mission appointment.  For the past 22 years, he has been serving the people of the Dominican Republic. 

During this time he has helped with many projects such as building chapels, schools, houses and aqueducts.  He works closely with the schools to add new career programs, and mission teams wanting to help with dental/medical care and general labor. 

Fr. Seis is very grateful for all the support he receives from the people of northeastern Wisconsin.  To make a gift in honor of his 25th Jubilee and mission work in the Dominican Republic, click here.

New Foundation Leadership

It is with great joy that the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Inc. announces the appointment of Tammy Danz as Bishop’s Appeal Director and Janet Wagner as Development Director effective July 1, 2018.

“As the Catholic Foundation continues to grow, I am pleased to have Tammy and Janet join the Foundation’s leadership team.  I look forward to working closely with them as we look at new and innovative ways to support Catholic education, social services and ministry in northeastern Wisconsin,” said Josh Diedrich, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation.  “Their dedication to the Church and our mission is tremendous.”  

Click here to learn more about Tammy and Janet.

Crozier Society Mass & Reception Cancelled

As you know this Sunday is our Crozier Society Mass and reception at St. Gabriel’s Parish in Neenah.  Given the weather reports of ice, significant snow fall and high winds we want to keep you and our many volunteers safe.  We have decided to cancel the Crozier Society Mass and reception.

Thank you for your support of the Bishop’s Appeal through the Crozier Society.  We look forward to seeing you at future Crozier events.

Catholic Foundation Celebrates 20 Years

The Catholic Foundation celebrates 20 years of impacting lives thanks to your generosity!  What started as a vision by Bishop Robert J. Banks in 1997 has grown to more than $90 million today.

Families partner with the Foundation to create a legacy for future Catholic generations.  Gifts are used for education, ministry and social service needs throughout our 16-county Diocese.  Nearly $40 million has been distributed throughout the last
20 years.

“Our friends support us because of our Catholic values.  Families recognize the impact we have in the community and in our parishes,” shared Cindi Brawner founding Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation.

The Catholic Foundation has achieved tremendous success. With your prayers and generosity we will continue to grow for the next 20 years and beyond. Thank you!

To learn more about how we can help you create your legacy, please call Cindi Brawner, at 920.272.8173 or email [email protected].