My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we embark on a new and hopeful year, first and foremost, I am filled with gratitude for your past support of the Church of Washington through the Annual Appeal.
In 2022, we ordained ten new priests, supported twelve local crisis pregnancy centers, welcomed more than 800 new Catholics into the Church, educated more than 25,000 youth in our schools, and ministered to countless more families and individuals throughout our archdiocese. We could not accomplish this without your incredible generosity.
In the difficult times we live, I know that charitable giving is not easy. In addition to tending to your own and many needs, the missions you care about also have increasing needs, including our Church. However, I assure you that in whatever you are able to give, God sees your hidden sacrifice and desires to reward you (Mt 6:4).
Our goal for the 2023 Annual Appeal is $11,400,000. I have full faith that we will meet that need, but only through your participation. If you haven’t had the opportunity to support the Annual Appeal in the past or haven’t in several years, I ask you prayerfully to make a gift today. If you have been a faithful contributor, I thank you for your renewed support.
Our theme for the 2023 Annual Appeal is Many Ministries, One Church as a reminder that each of us is an essential member of the Body of Christ that is our Church. Our charitable works are strengthened when we work together and when we work toward heaven.
Thank you for your generous giving. Thank you also for your prayers. Please be assured of my own prayers for you.
2023 Annual Appeal Goal: $11,400,000
The Annual Appeal provides critical funding for more than 70 ministries active across The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. Your gift will have a broad and lasting impact for thousands in our local communities of faith.
Vocations, Seminarian Education and Clergy and Religious Support
By donating to the Annual Appeal, you support our current and future generations of archdiocesan priests, deacons and religious. Seminarian education is the greatest beneficiary of the Annual Appeal, with funds also providing for essential living expenses at the John Paul II Seminary in Washington, D.C. For ordained priests and ministers, ongoing formation and other means of support are provided by the Annual Appeal.
Catechesis and Catholic Education
Forming youth in the faith through our Catholic schools, parish religious education programs and many youth activities is an essential ministry of the archdiocese supported by your Annual Appeal gift. Overall, more than 40,000 local youth are impacted by your support. The Annual Appeal also supports RCIA and RCIC programs, accompanying new Catholics in their journey toward full communion in the Church.
Social Justice and Outreach Ministries
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns extends the ministerial outreach of our parish through special needs ministries, evangelization activities, and ethnic apostolates and more. The Annual Appeal also supports Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, which operates nearly 60 programs opening doors of help and hope.
Chaplains for Campus Ministries, Hospitals and Prisons
Across six local campus ministries, ADW chaplains ignite the spiritual life of hundreds of college students, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, through formational and service activities. At the same time, ADW chaplains also minister to the sick and dying in hospitals, as well as to those incarcerated in local detention centers. Thanks to our chaplains, the sacramental life of our archdiocese extends well beyond our parishes.
Communications and Outreach
Social media and other forms of digital outreach increasingly form the “mission fields” of the modern Church. By supporting the Annual Appeal, you enable our archdiocese to utilize these tools of evangelization and communication more effectively and expansively. You also empower our writers and editors, reporters, photographers, and videographers from across the archdiocese to share the good news and works of our local Church.
Pro-Life and Family Ministries
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington Office of Life Issues celebrates the Gospel of Life across many initiatives, from Project Rachel and supporting local crisis pregnancy centers, to youth outreach and public advocacy. Through the Office of Family Life, the archdiocese also supports marriages and families through workshops, trainings, retreats, healing ministries and other forms of outreach.
70+ local ministries supported by your gift
Seminarian Education ● Vocation Outreach ● Consecrated Life Office ● Women’s Vocations ● Redemptoris Mater Seminary ● Saint John Paul II Seminary ● St. John Vianney House ● Permanent Diaconate Office ● Diaconate Candidate Formation ● Care of Sick Priests ● Ministry Life Programs ● Post Ordination Education ● Clergy Professional Development ● Spiritual Development Programs ● Priests Convocation ● Priest Personnel Support ● Clergy Serving Outside Diocese ● Jubilee Celebrations ● Pastoral Center Chapel ● Catholic Schools Office ● RCIA ● RCIC ● Religious Education ● CYO Administration ● St. Francis Community for the Deaf ● Deaf and Disabilities Ministry ● Council of Catholic Women ● Young Adult Ministry ● Ministry Training & Resources ● Life Issues Advocacy ● Pro-Life Ministry ● Pro-Life Partnership Programs ● Project Rachel ● Youth Rally and Mass for Life ● Affirming Life Initiative ● St. Ann’s Center for Children and Families ● Victory Youth Center ● V Encuentro ● Ethiopian Apostolate ● Nigerian Apostolate ● Outreach and Cultural Diversity Office ● Ecumenical Programs ● Parish Concerns Ministry ● Parish Pro-Life Programs ● Evangelization Programs ● Family Life Programs ● Family Ministry Office ● Worship and Liturgy Office ● American University CCM ● Gallaudet University CCM ● George Washington University CCM ● Howard University CCM ● St. Mary’s College CCM ● University of Maryland CCM ● Prison Ministry ● Hospital Ministry ● Communications Office ● Catholic Standard ● El Pregonero ● Media & Public Relations ● Digital Media Outreach ● Multi-Media Production ● TV Mass ● Clergy Communications ● Find the Perfect Gift Initiative ● The Light is On for You Initiative ● Diocesan Sponsored Programs ● Conferences ● Liturgical Events ● Catholic Information Center ● Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington