Our faith is lived in schools and parishes, soup kitchens and counseling centers,
on street corners and in churches, where people of all backgrounds in every neighborhood
of the Archdiocese of Chicago are served.
Your gift to the Annual Appeal helps to sustain Catholic schools, religious education,
ministerial formation, and initiatives for life, peace and justice. Through its
support of Catholic Relief Services, the Appeal serves people worldwide, without
regard for religious affiliation, whose lives are devastated by natural disasters,
illnesses, wars and famines.
Please make a pledge to the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal.
Any funds raised are carefully spent; it is money for God’s work, and we use it accordingly. Your contributions are deeply appreciated, very much needed and make a real difference in the lives of many.
Cardinal George Describes the Impact of the Appeal
In a homily recorded in St. James Chapel at the Archbishop Quigley Center, Cardinal Francis George explains why Catholics should give generously to the Appeal and he discusses the positive impact the fund drive has here in the Archdiocese and around the world.
Catholic Religious Education
At Baptism we receive the gift of our faith. The formation of Catholic faith in
our children is continued through the nurturing role of parents and teachers. The
world offers our children choices that challenge their faith. We answer that challenge
through religious education programs and Catholic schools. The Appeal funds grants
and scholarships for Catholic schools serving economically disadvantaged communities.
It also funds parish ministries that provide religious education to children, youth
and adults in economically disadvantaged communities.
The Annual Catholic Appeal helps to strengthen families and local communities through
capital improvement grants to parishes and schools serving economically challenged
neighborhoods in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Appeal funds recruitment, education
and formation of lay ministers and deacons, and the continuing education and on-going
formation of priests.
The Respect Life Office, supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal, promotes reverence
for the gift of life from conception through natural death. It promotes the cause
of life through advocacy and prayer. Respect Life provides educational resources,
a speakers bureau and sponsors annual conferences, retreats and rallies for adults
Neighbors Throughout The World
Through its support of Catholic Relief Services, the Appeal serves people worldwide,
without regard for religious affiliation, whose lives are devastated by natural
disasters, illnesses, wars and famines.