Archdiocese of Washington Reaches $185 Million in Capital Campaign

Campaign is $50 Million Over Goal

November 10, 2005

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, announced yesterday at the Convocation of Priests of the Archdiocese of Washington, that the Archdiocese has raised $185 million – $50 million over goal – through a capital campaign called Forward in Faith. The campaign, started in 2003, is one of the largest diocesan campaigns in U.S. history.

The funds will be used for social services, education and pastoral services, as well as parish-sponsored programs, and held in a separate 501(c)(3) corporation that was established to disburse the funds for the purposes outlined in the campaign’s goals and objectives.

“I am awed by the generosity and commitment of the people and the pastors who helped make this important campaign a success,” Cardinal McCarrick said. “We set what we felt was a challenging goal of $135 million, and they exceeded it. Their enthusiasm and support will greatly assist the Archdiocese as we continue to meet the needs of the poor and marginalized and the changing needs of our parishes and parishioners into the future. Already, we are completing the renovation of a building for our Archdiocesan missionary seminary, preparing to open a lay leadership center and moving ahead on needed parish and social service efforts.”

Over $440 million in needs were identified by dozens of lay leaders and clergy prior to the start of the campaign. These recommendations were reviewed and prioritized by a 16-member committee that included lay people, two priests and a woman religious. The priorities they identified with Cardinal McCarrick became the projects to be funded by Forward in Faith and included the following areas:

• $60 million for an education endowment, for scholarships and a revolving building fund
• $20 million for Catholic Charities, including an endowment, family services and expanded homeless shelters and rehabilitation programs
• $20 million for pastoral services, including an endowment fund for needy parishes, new seminary and endowment for seminarian education, charitable needs, pastoral leadership center and support for the pro-life apostolate
• $15 million for multi-cultural apostolates, including an endowment for ministries serving new immigrants and minority groups, an Hispanic pastoral center and the Spanish Catholic Center
• $5 million for a ministry enhancement fund to support ongoing ministries and respond to emergencies or unanticipated opportunities
• $15 million for parish projects; each parish receives 20 percent of the funds it raised up to its parish goal and 50 percent of all monies raised over goal.

Over 70 percent of the 140 parishes exceeded their individual goals, resulting in an additional $17 million, or a total of $32 million, going to parishes for local projects, such as renovations. Twenty percent of the pledged funds already have been received by the Forward in Faith 501(c)(3) corporation; the remaining pledges will be fulfilled over a three- to five-year period. The campaign is still continuing in some areas and it is hoped that the final total may even be slightly higher than $185 million.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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