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.
Catholic Charities assists thousands of northeastern Wisconsin residents each year from our offices in five communities. Here are the ways Catholic Charities cares for Jesus in our name by making a difference in the lives of people with various needs:
- 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.
- Budget Counseling to teach people how to responsibly manage their finances.
- Support groups for caregivers.
- Treatment for domestic violence offenders.
- Consulting with Catholic health services to assist them in providing ethical care in line with Church teachings.
In 2017, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $1,405,407 — 44% of the operating budget for Catholic Charities — to support its ministries.
The Education department helps people of all ages deepen and improve their relationship with Jesus by continually providing curriculum resources and materials to: Catholic schools, parish religious education programs, and adult faith formation programs. Here are a few examples of what Education does:
- Principal Leadership Days where leaders reflect and share the best practices in Catholic schools.
- Genesis to Jesus Bible Study, which travels to parishes across the diocese to teach the basic building blocks of our faith.
- Religious Certification Program for all Catholic School principals and religious education leaders.
- Leadership seminars and training days for Catholic schools and religious education, and training of new religious educators.
- Youth ministry programs.
In 2017, 20% or $1,138,481 of the Bishop’s Appeal was distributed to the Education Department. This represents 70% of their operating budget.
This important department helps guide and direct the Diocese in Catholic Social Teaching by fostering activities and projects that are consistent with Catholic teaching and helping us collaborate with other groups to accomplish common projects of great need in our area. The Office of Marriage, Family Life & Pro-Life also assists with marriage ministries, family life ministries and promoting the dignity of human life.
In 2017, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $165,348 — 47% of the operating budget of the Office of Marriage, Family Life & Pro-Life to support its ministries.
This area focuses on young adult discipleship and adult formation. Here are a few examples of ministries the New Evangelization supports:
- U.S. Catechism for Adults seminars to train parish leaders in the new Catechism for Adults.
- Young Adult programs
- Newman Center at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Campus Ministry at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay to support the spiritual growth of students.
In 2017, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $841,011 — 94% of the operating budget of the New Evangelization.
The Ministry Formation department trains and forms priests, deacons, parish directors, and lay ministers. The work of Ministry Formation includes:
- Forming and training men to serve the Church as deacons.
- Assisting women and men in hearing God’s call to serve the Church as Parish Directors.
- Emmaus program forms and mentors future leaders in parishes such as coordinators of pastoral ministry, liturgy, faith formation, and youth ministry, and business managers.
- Safe Environment by overseeing Protecting God’s Children to help end sexual abuse through complete legal background checks and extensive VIRTUS® on-going education and training seminars. More than 17,000 priests, parish staff, diocesan staff, school staff, and volunteers have gone through VIRTUS and background checks.
- Team Days, a “mini sabbatical” where parish teams can be renewed by theological reflection
- Ministry of Leading Prayer to deepen lay leaders’ and deacons’ understanding of theological and liturgical issues for presiding at prayer.
In 2017, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $603,581 to the Ministry Formation department to support its ministries.
The Parish Planning & Pastoral Services department helps parish leaders through consultation, formation and resources for the growth of vibrant parishes. Here are a few examples of ministries Parish Planning & Pastoral Services assists:
- Pastoral Care supports parish staff and volunteers in their care for those who are homebound, in medical facilities, prison/jails, the hurting or grieving.
- Parish Leadership training is offered through a wide variety of workshops regionally. Some examples are the Leadership Convocation, Business of the Parish workshop and training for Pastoral and Finance Council Chairpersons and trustees to name a few.
- Helping parish staff and pastoral councils in planning by setting priorities that can grow the parish.
- Teaching Catholic Social Teachings and helping parish leaders and parishioners share injustices and needs in our world.
- Outreach and welcoming to people of different cultures, the deaf and hard of hearing, and persons
- Assisting parish leaders in their efforts to make Stewardship as a way of life for all parishioners.
In 2017, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $798,909 — 89% of the operating budget of Parish Planning & Pastoral Services — to support its ministries.
The Office of Divine Worship supports the liturgical and sacramental life of parishes by providing training for liturgists and musicians. They also provide liturgical resources for parishes and assist in the coordination of Diocesan liturgies.
In 2017, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $185,210 to the Divine Worship department.
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 2017, the Bishop’s Appeal distributed $185,377 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 campaign materials.
- 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 2017, the Bishop’s Appeal received $542,274 to operate the 2018 Appeal campaign.