Annual Appeal

2021 Annual Appeal

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Thank you for supporting the 2021 Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Washington.

We invite you join in the mission of the Annual Appeal as we seek Christ together. By strengthening the charitable works of our Archdiocese, you enable all those Seeking Christ to find His healing, His word, and His friendship.

We encourage you to read about the Appeal in Action and to explore our Frequently Asked Questions. We hope this information will inspire you to give generously to our 2021 Annual Appeal, which you can do here. We also offer many other Ways to Give.

100% of your gift is restricted to the ministries and programs that are a part of the Annual Appeal. Not a penny will go into another fund, nor to legal or settlement fees, nor to the costs to conduct the Appeal, which are provided from separate revenue sources.

Finally, if you are a parish leader, please click here for resources to conduct the Appeal at your parish.

Thank you for your support and for Seeking Christ with us this year!

Cardinal Gregory portrait“Everyone is looking for you.” (Mark 1:37)

Directed at Jesus, these are the first words spoken by Peter in the Gospel of Mark. They could easily be our own first words to Jesus: Lord, amidst so much suffering in the world today, everyone is looking for You – Your mercy, Your protection, Your care!

In fact, this is precisely what Jesus desires us to say. He assures us, “Seek and you will find” (Mt 7:7); first, by plunging into the depths of our own hearts. There, He is ready to take on the yoke of our deepest fears, our sufferings and our petitions. Through hearts of prayer, we are unburdened and we are also transformed, becoming prisms through which God’s divine light shines forth.

Together, nourished by the Sacraments, we become Christ’s hands and feet, and with apostolic zeal reach out to all those suffering in body, mind and spirit. This is the mission of the Church: to be the ark upon which all are saved, the boat from which we cast our nets, and the lamp that draws in all who wander and are lost.

However, our ark is in need of strengthening, our nets are in need mending, and our lamp is in need of more oil! For this reason, I call upon the people of this Archdiocese to renew their commitment to Seeking Christ, which is the theme for this year’s 2021 Annual Appeal. Through our collective prayer and sacrificial gifts, we can ensure all those seeking Christ will find Him in our Church.

The pandemic has brought hardship on everyone. I pray daily that God’s providence will sustain you through these trials. It has also brought hardship on our local Church. For this reason I am eternally grateful for your kindness and support. May God bless you and may your faithfulness lead you to find Christ always.

Annual Appeal in Action

The Annual Appeal funds more than 70 ministries and programs within the Archdiocese of Washington. In many cases, it is the only source of funds for these ministries.

2021 Annual Appeal Goal: $11.4 million

Our mission to seek Christ manifests itself in countless ways in the Archdiocese of Washington. From faith formation and catechesis, to outreach and evangelization, your gift will have a wide-ranging impact benefiting thousands across the District of Columbia and five surrounding counties of Maryland.

We invite you join in the mission of the Annual Appeal as we seek Christ together. By strengthening the charitable works of our Archdiocese, you enable all those Seeking Christ to find His healing, His word, and His friendship.

2021 ADW Annual Appeal


The Archdiocesan community cares for those seeking God’s healing in mind, body and soul. Whether it’s visiting the sick in hospitals, reaching out to mothers facing unexpected pregnancies, or bringing Christ’s love to college campuses, these works of mercy take place on the front lines of healing a broken world.


We are called to proclaim Christ’s Word every- where we go. By supporting the ministries of the Annual Appeal, including those that form our priests and religious, you help spread the Good News to people from all walks of life.


During this time of physical and social distancing, we want to reassure all those feeling alone that God is always near. The ministries supported by the Annual Appeal are communities of faith through which others can be embraced into Christ’s unconditional love.


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 Deaconate Office ● Diaconate Candidate Formation ● Care of Sick Priests ● Ministry Life Programs ● Post Ordination Education ● Professional & Spiritual Development ● 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 ● Ministry for the Disabled ● Ministry for Those with Special Needs ● 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 ● Cultural Diversity and Outreach Office ● Ecumenical Programs ● Parish Concerns Ministry ● Parish Pro-Life Programs ● Evangelization and 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 ● Abriendo Puertas ● Media & Public Relations ● Digital Media ● Multi-Media Production ● TV Mass ● Clergy Communications ● Find the Perfect Gift Initiative ● The Light is On for You Initiative ● Diocesan Sponsored Programs ● Conferences and Liturgical Events ● Catholic Information Center ● Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

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

David Cook
Director, Annual Appeal
[email protected]