Bishop’s Appeal Testimonials

“Through your generosity to the Bishop’s Appeal many, FrJohnGirottiHeadshotTestimonialmany Catholics throughout Northeastern Wisconsin are assisted as they live their faith…”

— Fr. John Girotti, Priest of the Diocese of Green Bay


“To those who have made a gift to the Bishop’s JulianneDonlonStanzTestimonialAppeal I thank you from the bottom of my heart as we say in Ireland “Gurbh Mile Maith Agat” which means a million thanks to you. The contribution they have made has enabled me and all the instructors I work with to bring Christ’s message to those.”

— Julianne Stanz, New Evangelization Director, Diocese of Green Bay

Over the last three years Julianne has helped conduct over 140 programs on topics like the sacraments, United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, and theology. These programs are about learning and bringing Christ’s message to people. More than 6,000 people from across the Diocese have been impacted through these programs. Julianne’s ministry is funded through the Bishop’s Appeal.

“I think what I want to make sure our parish knows about SrPamTestimonialthe Bishop’s Appeal is how it really does touch our very parish through the resources they provide for us, questions that they answer for my staff sometimes on a daily basis. The formation they provide for our staff constantly through conferences and workshops are a tremendous help for the growth of my own staff and ultimately the growth of our parish.”

— Sr. Pamela Biehl, OSF, Pastoral Leader, St. Mary Parish, Winneconne & St. Mary Parish, Omro

Sr. Pam received training and support through the Ministry Formation & Stewardship and Pastoral Services departments of the Diocese. Both of these ministries are funded through the Bishop’s Appeal.

“A gift to the Bishop’s Appeal really supports our DrJoeBoundTestimonialarea, because 90% of our revenue comes from Bishop’s Appeal.”

— Dr. Joe Bound, Director of Education, Diocese of Green Bay

Bishop’s Appeal funding supports: young people in Catholic schools and religious education programs; training for teachers, principals and religious educators; parish youth ministry and adult education.

“If anyone was wondering whether to give to the Bishop’s JoeZenkTestimonial1Appeal or not, I would urge them to consider doing so. One reason is because our God calls us outside of ourselves, outside of our local parish to the larger Church. But beyond that I would tell them the many different ways that the Bishop’s Appeal has already affected their life as a parishioner here at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish.”

— Joe Zenk, Pastoral Leader, Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Kiel, Holy Rosary Parish, New Holstein & St. Ann Parish, St. Anna

Joe has seen the benefits of the Bishop’s Appeal first hand at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish. The parish has religious educators who have been formed through the diocesan Commissioned Ministry Leadership Formation program and staff members who have attend the Leadership Convocation for additional training.

“In a very real way, Catholic Charities could be BanksBishopColorTestimonialconsidered the heart of our Diocese, offering to those in need services that our parishes are not usually able to provide.”

— Bishop Emeritus Robert Banks

Thousands of  people are helped each year through one or more of 20 Catholic Charities programs, such as mental health counseling, child welfare services, adoptions, and help for immigrants.

“I think of the Bishop’s Appeal as an opportunity to go beyondFr_DougHeadshotfixedTestimonial2 ourselves, beyond our parish and help others.”

— Fr. Doug LeCaptain, pastor of St. Raphael Parish, Oshkosh


“The ministry part of my job excites me because it’s BarbtremelTestimonialnot just about me anymore. It’s not about the bottom line. It’s not about the paycheck. It’s about God’s work. It’s about God’s people.”

— Barb Tremel, Business Manager, St. Thomas More Parish, Appleton

Barb is one of the scores of people who have completed the Emmaus Leadership Formation Program, which is funded by the Bishop’s Appeal.