About the

Catholic Appeal

The Catholic Appeal is the annual fund that supports more than 50 central ministries that enrich parish life, Catholic schools, and the lives of those who turn to the Church for assistance.

My Dear Friends in Christ,

The public health crisis has brought us a greater awareness that we need to take care of each other and of the importance of working together. We continue to go forward with hope, knowing that God is always with us. We also recognize that there is much work ahead of us. The pandemic has not diminished our commitment to the ministries that sustain and strengthen our faith, respond to our brothers and sisters in need, and help us all to know that our loving God is with us. Your support of the Catholic Appeal makes it possible for these good works and many others to continue. 

It is only through the generosity of our wonderful donors that our Church can continue to bring Christ’s love to our world in greatly needed and very meaningful ways. Thank you for your help.

May God bless you and your families.

Devotedly yours in Christ,

Your Generosity

At Work

Funds raised through the Catholic Appeal provide approximately 50% of the $33 million Fiscal Year 2020 budget for Archdiocesan central ministries. In addition, more than $1 million in Catholic Appeal funds raised were returned to parishes in FY 2020 as rebates to be used for their local parish programs.

The ministries and the percent of their expense budgets supported by your generosity are as follows:

Ministries% of Central Ministries Budget
Supporting Our Faith – Includes: Campus Ministries, Clergy Support & Ongoing Formation, Delegate for Religious, Permanent Diaconate, Seminaries, Vocations, Metropolitan Tribunal, Digital Media, Canonical Affairs, Cardinal’s Office, Institutional Advancement, and Communications & Public Relations.43%
Supporting Our Parishes – Includes: Youth & Young Adult Ministry, Lifelong Faith Formation, Worship & Spiritual Life, Evangelization & Discipleship
Benefits, Finance, Human Resources, IT, Parish Financial Services, Property Management, and Risk Management.
Supporting Our Communities – Includes: Catholic Schools Office, Cultural Diversity & Persons with Disabilities, Deaf Apostolate, Ecumenical Affairs, Family Life, Healthcare Ethics, Palliative Care, Pro-Life Ministries, Health & Social Services, Chaplaincy Programs, and Addiction Recovery.21%

Note: The Catholic Appeal does not provide financial support for priests on administrative leave, or the financial settlements and counseling/medication costs for victims of clergy abuse.


The mission of the Church is to build a community of faith around the Word of God and the Eucharist… In a community of faith, we learn to worship our God, to forgive one another and to serve those around us… we must take care of each other.
Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M., Cap.

2020 Annual Report