Happy New Year from the Catholic Foundation!

As we usher in a new year and decade, all of us here at the Catholic Foundation are grateful for your continued support.  Thank you for your dedication to serving our parishes, Catholic schools and communities.  Because of your wonderful generosity, the Catholic Foundation has grown to more than $100 million and has distributed more than $40 million to parishes, Catholic schools and other Catholic organizations.

Your gifts do such things as introduce children to Jesus, bring hope and healing to families struggling most in life and educate our future church leaders.   Thank you!

To learn more about how gifts are used throughout our Diocese, please click here.

God bless,

Josh Diedrich
Executive Director

The one by One Campaign

The Catholic Foundation has helped the Diocese of Green Bay launch the one by One campaign.  This mission campaign will raise funds to strengthen and ensure the future of our parishes by addressing their critical needs, enhance Catholic education, broaden social services programs and ministries and help support our seminarians.

To learn more about the one by One campaign, please click here.


Holiday Office Hours

The Catholic Foundation office is closed for the Christmas holiday starting Monday, December 23 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2.  If you need assistance with a year end gift or online giving, please call Josh Diedrich at 920.272.8197.  Thank you!


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.

2019 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 more than $5.9 million from 27,993 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! 

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.