Archdiocese of Chicago
Annual Catholic Appeal
Department of Stewardship and Development

How Your Gift is Used

Ministry Priorities of the 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal
$ 5,000,000 Local Communities: support for parishes and schools serving financially challenged communities
$ 1,200,000 Parish Life: programs to support parish vitality – evangelization initiatives, liturgy enhancements
$ 1,200,000 Religious Education: support for youth, young adult, campus and adult religious education ministries
$ 800,000 Lay Formation: continuing education for lay volunteers and staff serving parish communities
$ 640,000 Catholic Relief Services: assisting the poor and vulnerable overseas
$ 535,000 Human Dignity and Solidarity: activities promoting respect for life at all stages, immigration, ww House prison ministry and Peace and Justice initiatives
$ 400,000 Priest Education: continuing education for priests ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago
$ 275,000 Parish Transformation: programs to revitalize local parish communities
$ 200,000 Family Ministries: programs for marriage preparation, marriage support and family ministry
$ 3,750,000 Parish Incentives/Rebates: funds raised in excess of individual parish goals are returned to the parish for use with their local ministries
$ 14,000,000 Ministries Total
$ 1,500,000 Cost of Appeal: design, printing, postage, production, staff and vendors who implement the Annual Catholic Appeal
$ 15,500,000 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal Goal

Any funds raised are carefully spent; it is money for God's work and we use it accordingly.

When you acknowledge your God-given blessings by making a gift of $1,500 or more to the Annual Catholic Appeal, Cardinal Cupich welcomes you into the Lumen Cordium Society. In addition to the spiritual benefits of God's gifts, Society membership includes:

  • Invitation to the annual Mass and Reception with the Cardinal
  • Recognition in the annual publication of the Lumen Cordium Society members
  • Inclusion in the Prayer Intention Book of Society membership

Additionally, those who make a gift of $5,000 or more are invited to an annual reception at The Residence. Please note that your Lumen Cordium Society pledge can be made payable in installments.

More information about the Lumen Cordium Society

The Annual Catholic Appeal supports the work of the Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago. No money donated to the Annual Catholic Appeal has been or will be used to defray expenses related to misconduct issues.