Archdiocese of Chicago
Annual Catholic Appeal
Department of Stewardship and Development

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The Annual Catholic Appeal was voted Best Integrated Campaign by the National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC), and received Honorable Mention for Total Annual Appeal Effort by the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC).

Thank you for the support and kindness that you continue to show to your neighbors in Cook and Lake Counties. Your generosity is an inspiration to all of us.

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.

Family Community

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.

Life

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 and youth.

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.