Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal is used, without exception, to support the ministries and programs of the Diocese. Below are the areas that received funding from the Appeal.
The ministries of Catholic Charities provides social service programs to thousands of people throughout northeastern Wisconsin each year from offices in five communities. The Living Justice ministry advocates and supports pro-life activities. Following are examples of their work:
- Individual and Family Counseling Services, including mental health counseling for families, couples and children.
- Family Strengthening Services to refugee and immigration communities throughout northeastern Wisconsin.
- Adoption and Pregnancy Counseling to assist birth parents, adoptive couples and people with unplanned pregnancies.
- Financial Health Services offers tools and guidance to help people learn responsible financial management.
- Care Ministry trains care ministers to bring Holy Communion, prayers and a friendly face to people who are homebound and sick. Parishioners remain connected to their parishes because of this ministry.
- Consulting with Catholic health services to assist them in providing ethical care in line with Church teachings.
In 2019, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $1,409,940 — 40% of the operating budget for Catholic Charities & Living Justice Mission Team — to support its ministries.
This team provides resources, materials and curriculum that guides educational programs to Catholic schools and parishes. They also support marriage preparation ministries. Following are a few other examples:
- Principal Leadership Days provide school leaders with an opportunity for spiritual enrichment and to learn some of the best practices in Catholic schools.
- Religious Certification Program provides certification for all Catholic school principals and religious education leaders.
- Marriage Preparation Program provides engaged couples an opportunity for quality time together to learn from married couples the challenges and joys of married life.
- Campus Ministry at UW Green Bay and UW Oshkosh provides college students with the opportunity to worship and grow in their faith.
In 2019, $1,753,405 of the Bishop’s Appeal was distributed to the Families & Schools of Discipleship Mission Team. This represents 69% of their operating budget.
This team offers opportunities for people to learn and experience God on a personal level. They also support the liturgical and sacramental life of parishes. Here are a few examples of their work:
- Parish Evangelization Efforts include workshops, adult faith formation and retreats with a focus on teaching the Good News.
- Young Adult Ministry helps educate and inspire young people to grow deeper in their faith.
- The Divine Worship team provides training to liturgists and musicians.
- Parish Mission Planning helps pastoral and finance councils set priorities, plan for the future and energize parish communities.
- Mulit-Cultural Ministry reaches out to our Hispanic brothers and sisters and other cultures throughout our Diocese to help them connect with the Church and grow in their faith.
In 2019, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $1,283,388 — 90% of the operating budget for Parish Life Mission Team.
Discipleship & Leadership Development trains and forms priests, deacons, parish leaders and lay ministers. Their work includes:
- Diaconate Program provides Deacons with the education and resources to share the Gospel with people in their parishes, homeless shelters, hospitals, prisons and schools.
- Discipleship Formation Ministry provides opportunities for parish leaders to deepen their faith and share Jesus with others.
- Emmaus Lay Ministry trains and mentors future parish such as business office managers, youth ministers and faith formation educators.
In 2019, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $671,159 to the Discipleship & Leadership Development Mission Team to support its ministries.
The Compass is an award-winning weekly newspaper that breaks open the Catholic faith through articles, columns, news and spiritual reading. The Compass educates and informs Catholic families and individuals both in print and on its website.
In 2019, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $261,357 to The Compass to support its ministry.
Fund raising costs for the Bishop’s Appeal range from 7 to 9 percent of the amount raised. Expenses include:
- The office staff responsible for planning, developing materials and carrying out the campaign with the help of parish volunteers and staff.
- Producing and distributing campaign materials.
The Bishop’s Appeal:
- Is an opportunity for the faithful to practice financial stewardship to support the Church of Green Bay.
- Funds Church ministries and programs to share the Word of God with people of all ages and to meet a variety of other needs through Catholic Charities.
- Helps bring the face of Jesus to more than 300,000 people every year.
In 2019, the Bishop’s Appeal received $543,436 to operate the 2020 Appeal campaign.