Appeal in Action
“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
Vocations and Clergy
Saint John Paul II Seminary
Saint John Paul II Seminary is a home where young men who are the future can open their hearts to Christ in an environment marked by prayer, study, fraternal community and heartfelt devotion to Mary.
Your Appeal donation ensures that these college seminarians have the time, resources and guidance they need to hear the Lord’s call, begin their human and spiritual formation to be what it takes to be a shepherd of souls, and make a lifetime commitment to the holy priesthood. The Seminary “was a great fit for me. The spiritual life in the seminary is amazing,” said Father Benjamin Garcia of his experience there as part of the pioneer class.
Office of Consecrated Life
The Office of Consecrated Life serves the sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders who throughout history have been a rich blessing for our Church and community, particularly in the areas of education and health care. Your kind gift helps to promote and support vocations to the religious life, where each sister or brother in their own way, generously giving of themselves, contributes to the revitalization of the world.
Education and Leadership Formation
The Office of Catechesis
The Office of Catechesis oversees and assists religious education programs for young people in parish and Catholic schools, sacramental preparation, adult faith formation, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). With support from the Appeal, the Office is better able to provide training, catechetical guidelines, teaching aids and other resources so that catechists can share the faith in the fullest and most productive way.
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington
Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington are centers of academic excellence and alive with Gospel values, cultivating students’ minds, opening their hearts and nurturing their spiritual development. They have educated leaders for our Church, communities and nation for generations. Yet today, without tuition assistance, many families would not be able to afford to give their children this blessed opportunity. Your generous Appeal donation helps more young people to receive a Catholic education rooted in our faith and moral values, which prepares them to build a thriving future for themselves and the community.
Campus ministries at local universities
Campus ministries at local universities, like the Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland, provide for the sacramental and pastoral needs of students, inviting them to grow in relationship with God, deepen their faith, share meals and other fellowship, and become future leaders in the community and in the Church. “We’re building a Catholic culture here,” says one young participant, “and living out the Gospel.” Your gift helps ensure that this fruitful encounter with the Lord continues.y.
Pro-Life and Special Ministries, Catholic Charities
The Youth Rally and Mass for Life
The Youth Rally and Mass for Life draws nearly 20,000 young people annually to stand up for the gift of all human life and to pray for a culture of life in our society. Sanctuaries for Life provides women facing an unintended pregnancy with material help and a caring support structure to make life-affirming decisions. Project Rachel provides loving support and a healing ministry to women and men dealing with the impact of abortion. Your gift to the Appeal supports these and other valuable programs that promote a greater respect for human life.
The Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach
The Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach provides resources and support that promotes appreciation for the richness of diverse heritages in the archdiocese and works for their integration within the life of both the Catholic community and the greater society. Your Appeal donation helps sponsor ethnic festivals, intercultural conferences, special liturgies and public devotions such as the annual Walk with Mary celebration.
The Department of Special Needs Ministry
The Department of Special Needs Ministry supported White Mass celebrates the beauty and dignity of each person in their physical, developmental, cognitive and mental diversity of unique abilities and disabilities. Gifts to the Appeal support this joyous liturgy and other initiatives that summon people to build up a welcoming culture of inclusion that values real participation of all in the community.