Annual Appeal

“I ask you to assist me as together we try to respond to the call to let our works speak for us and let our good deeds manifest our efforts to bring about a world of justice, truth, peace and love. Our hope is that our goodness might in fact help us merit, as the Gospel tells us, to enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Once a year, the Archdiocese of Washington conducts an appeal to support the mission and ministry of the archdiocese. The Annual Appeal is an opportunity to share our financial gifts in order to help provide education, ministry and services throughout our community.

In 1969, Cardinal O’Boyle established the annual appeal for the Archdiocese of Washington. Since then, the Appeal has delivered millions of dollars to provide loving care, education and leadership to people throughout our community. In particular, the Annual Appeal supports Catholic Charities, Education, Chaplaincies, Special Ministries, Family Life and Pro-Life causes, Leadership and Formation, Communications and Outreach, Clergy, and Vocations.

People in all of our parishes and missions are asked to make a significant financial commitment to this important cause of caring for all and sharing our faith.

Programs and Ministries Receiving Support

Family Life and Pro-Life

  • Family Life Ministries
  • Birthing and Care
  • Natural Family Planning
  • Pregnancy aid centers
  • Pro-life activities

Vocations and Clergy

  • Financial assistance for seminarians
  • Post-ordination educational opportunities
  • Care of elderly and ailing priests
  • Saint John Paul II Seminary

Leadership Formation

  • Lay leadership development
  • RCIA and other parish life activities

  • Tuition assistance for Catholic school students
  • Inner city Catholic school assistance
  • Parish religious education programs


  • Campus ministries
  • Hospital chaplains
  • Prision ministries
  • Catholic Deaf Center

Special Ministries

  • Office of Cultural Diversity
  • Young Adult Ministries
  • Social Development Ministries

Communications and Outreach

  • TV Mass
  • Media tools to support New Evangelization efforts

Catholic Charities

  • Charitable programs at over 80 locations
  • Spanish Catholic Center
  • Behavioral Health Services

Contact Us

Annual Appeal
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260

For More Information

Elizabeth Shaughney
Director, Annual Appeal
Telephone: 301-853-4574
Email: [email protected]