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Press Release

Bishop's Appeal Campaign to Launch Feb. 2-3 to Benefit Diocesan Ministries

coat-of-armsAppeal-Logo_2013GREEN BAY, Wis. (Jan. 29, 2013) -- Beginning this weekend, Bishop David L. Ricken will invite the nearly 324,000 Catholics across the Diocese of Green Bay to consider making a gift to the annual Bishop's Appeal, which supports the needs of the larger Church of Green Bay. The theme for 2013 is "Alive in Faith."

"Those who give to the Bishop's Appeal help to carry out God's work to His people," says Bishop Ricken. "Each year, thousands of people grow closer to Jesus through the work of our parishes, Catholic schools and diocesan ministries. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to return to the Lord the gifts he has so generously given to us. As stewards, we share these gifts through prayers, service and sharing of financial resources."

Hearts and Hands in Service to Others

We are all the heart and hands of Jesus, in service to others. Parishioners are asked to prayerfully consider how much they will pledge to this year’s appeal. In the next week, parishioners will receive a letter from Bishop Ricken, inviting them to make a gift; or they can make a gift through the Catholic Foundation online at www.catholicfoundationgb.org/give.

This campaign impacts the lives of families, individuals and communities throughout northeastern Wisconsin by providing a variety of ministries and services.

Each gift to the Bishop's Appeal supports:
  • Catholic Charities in extending outreach services to those most in need. Services include mental health counseling; family strengthening programs to refugee and immigration communities; 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; and more.
  • Education in assisting Catholic schools and parishes in their mission to share our Catholic teachings with people of all ages.
  • Worship and Living Justice in reaching out and providing opportunities for people to embrace social justice and share their faith.
  • New Evangelization in focusing on young adult discipleship and formation and adult faith formation.
  • Ministry Formation in training and forming deacons, pastoral leaders and lay ministers.
  • Stewardship and Pastoral Services in helping parishes develop and enhance ministries that encourage prayer, service, sharing and engagement in parish life.
  • The Compass newspaper in publishing news and information about our Church and faith.
  • Bishop's Appeal in assisting the Catholic Foundation to help fund the crucial ministries of the diocese.

Bishop's Appeal Accepts Gifts Year Round

Gifts to the Bishop's Appeal are also accepted year round. The funds are used, without exception, to support the ministries and services to thousands in need through the diocese’s 16-county area. For more information, visit www.catholicfoundationgb.org/Appeal.


Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 345,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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