The Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, on Friday announced the results of the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) which raised more than $15 million for the first time ever.
Anticipated estate and corporate matching gifts will add to the total. This year’s campaign was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The results show continued support among Catholics for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its ministries. The $15,033,045 raised in 2017 exceeds the $13.75 million overall goal, reflecting the generosity of so many donors even in the midst of the Beyond Sunday campaign to support Catholic education.
Archbishop Carlson expressed his gratitude to everyone who contributed.
“Thank you! At a time when much is being asked of our Catholic families, your support is making possible so many good works of charity in our community,” he said. “Your willingness to respond with generosity to the needs of others is a powerful witness of the love and tenderness of Mary, Our Mother.”
Catholics in Franklin, Lincoln, St. Charles, and Warren counties contributed nearly $2.5 million to support the Appeal this year, a portion of which will help ensure the educational vitality of St. Francis Borgia, St. Dominic, and Duchesne high schools.
The funds also will allow Catholic Family Services to provide mental health services to more than 2,200 clients in the area, and will support Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service in assisting the poor and homeless in Lincoln, Warren and St. Charles counties.
In the Washington Deanery, St. Francis Borgia and Our Lady of Lourdes, Washington, and Immacualte Conception, Union, raised the most dollars.
The parishes raising the highest over goal were St. Paul, Berger; St. Vincent de Paul, Dutzow; and St. Joseph, Neier.
Here is what area parishes raised in the appeal:
St. Francis Borgia, Washington, $98,542.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Washington, $92,922.
St. Gertrude, Krakow, $38,753.
Immaculate Conception, Union, $42,082.
St. Vincent de Paul, Dutzow, $30,085.
St. John the Baptist (Gildehaus), $27,723.
St. Anthony, Sullivan, $20,631.
St. Bridget, Pacific, $17,480.
St. Joseph, Neier, $16,170.
St. Ann, Clover Bottom, $15,394.
St. Clare, St. Clair, $14,505.
Immaculate Conception, Augusta, $10,958.
Assumption, New Haven, $9,081.
St. Ignatius, Marthasville, $8,852.
St. James, Catawissa, $5,430.
“The remarkable leadership of our pastors, parish chairs and dedicated volunteers helps ensure that the Church, through the Annual Catholic Appeal, can gather the resources needed to serve others,” said Madeleine Appelbaum, chair of the 2017 appeal.
“So many people in our community depend on you. Thank you for your prayers and efforts,” she said. “I especially want to thank our Blessed Mother, who has been the inspiration for this year’s Appeal from the beginning.”
“I am grateful to the pastors and parish chairs who have worked diligently on this Appeal these past few months,” said Brian Niebrugge, executive director of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal. “I am also grateful to the team in this office. They are true professionals; second to none! Many people are turning to the Church in their time of need, and the Church can respond generously because so many faithful families and individuals have shared their gifts.”
Each spring, the ACA asks Catholics in nearly 200 parishes across the archdiocese to make pledges to support programs, organizations and ministries for people of all faith traditions. Spanning 10 counties and the city of St. Louis, these programs assist the homeless and hungry, provide pro-life resources, support women and their children, and fund Catholic education and family counseling, among other charitable works.
All of the money raised each year through the Annual Catholic Appeal is distributed to the various programs, parishes, organizations, and ministries that carry out the important work of the Church.