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…”

— Very Rev. John Girotti, Vicar for Canonical Services for 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, Director of Parish Life & Evangelization, Diocese of Green Bay

Since 2015, Julianne has developed and led more than 75 Discipleship Formation events. At these events Catholic leaders learned how to pray, grew closer to the Lord in the Sacraments, gained a better understanding of the Gospel and discovered their faith story. 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 Office of Parish Evangelization & Discipleship and the Office of Priests & Pastoral Leaders of the Diocese. Both of these ministries are funded through the Bishop’s Appeal.


“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. Francis of Assisi, Manitowoc


“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 Administrator, 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.