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2020 Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Washington

The Annual Appeal funds more than 60 ministries and programs within the Archdiocese of Washington. In many cases, it is the only source of funds for these ministries.

Parishes alone would not be able to provide for these essential services, which is why we depend on your support of the Annual Appeal. Hearts filled with hope, we pray that we may continue to preach the Gospel in word and action as a unified Church and reach those on the peripheries of our local communities.

The programs funded by the Annual Appeal can be organized into six larger missions and are described here. These vital missions touch thousands – helpless, needy, ill, imprisoned, young and old.

Your generous hearts provide hope for all those from northern Montgomery County to southern St. Mary’s.

Thank you for your generous support!

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Your gift supports

The John Paul II Seminary is a vibrant and growing seminary, with 50 young men presently living and studying there and serving the local community. Your Appeal donation supports our seminarians, as well as the Office of Consecrated Life, the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, and the Office of Vocations. Your donation also supports numerous other programs that provide for the spiritual and temporal needs of our priests and religious – equipping them to be ministers of God.

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Your gift supports

By donating to the Annual Appeal, you support the moral and intellectual formation taking place at our 63 Archdiocesan schools and early learning centers. Your contribution also supports the Office of Catechesis, which helps shepherd thousands of lay people through the Sacraments of Initiation each year through parish RCIA and RCIC programs.

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Your gift supports

Your Appeal donation helps our Archdiocese uphold the dignity of life, from direct services provided to women and families in need, to advocacy programs that seek to protect and uphold the dignity of life in all its stages from conception to natural death. Through the Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns, your donation also supports special needs programs, outreach and cultural diversity ministries, international apostolates, and ecumenical programs that care in a special way for our brothers and sisters on the peripheries.

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Your gift supports

Your Appeal donation supports the many chaplains who celebrate the Sacraments and provide spiritual direction at our local universities, hospitals and prisons. Your donation also funds Catholic student centers active at our local universities – American University, Howard University, George Washington University, Gallaudet University, the University of Maryland, and St. Mary’s College.

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Your gift supports

The Archdiocese’s Office of Communications provides avenues for parishes and parishioners to be informed of major events and news both within and beyond our local Church. The TV Mass, broadcast each Sunday on local TV and simulcast online, brings the liturgy to those who are unable to be physically present at Mass. Our parish ministries include evangelization programs, young adult programs, and other services that enhance the communal life of our parishes.


Your gift supports

Catholic Charities is the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Washington. Through your Appeal donation, you help Catholic Charities provide essential programs such as legal and financial services, food assistance, employment and adult education, housing and shelter programs, health care programs, and much more! Learn more at

No one can give everything, but all can give something.

Please thoughtfully examine your current charitable giving and prayerfully consider a contribution to our 2020 Annual Appeal!

Contact Us

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

David Cook
Director, Annual Appeal
[email protected]