PROVIDENCE — For the second year in a row, the Catholic Charity Appeal has exceeded its goal in the Diocese of Providence. As of June 26, the 2023 Appeal has reached $7,245,238 in pledges and one-time gifts from 18,957 donors, meeting 103% of its $7 million goal. This is the most raised in the campaign since 2017.
Each donation is a gift that makes a real impact, explained Bishop Richard G. Henning.
“I want to commend the faithful of our diocese for their gifts and service to the Church through the Catholic Charity Appeal,” the bishop said. “To surpass the goal by $200,000 is a testament to their generosity.”
Bishop Henning also acknowledged the more than $200,000 in gifts from members of the clergy.
“I also want to thank our priests, parish staff and volunteers who work very hard to promote the work of the Appeal. The work of more than 35 ministries and agencies of the church is made possible because of your efforts, prayers and generosity. Thank you for your commitment to the Catholic faith.”
The theme of this year’s campaign, which closes on June 30, was “Walking Together in Faith.”
The annual Catholic Charity Appeal provides social, educational and spiritual support to thousands of Rhode Islanders each year regardless of race, creed or background.
The services provided by the ministries supported by the Catholic Charity Appeal range from direct support to the poor, the hungry and homeless; immigration and refugee services; childcare voucher program for low-income families; respite care for those who assist the sick and elderly; financial aid for those attending local Catholic schools and more.
Stewardship and Development Director Tim McCaig stated his appreciation for the diocesan shepherds who encouraged the faithful to continue to give of their time, talent and treasure for the greater good of the local Catholic Church.
“As we come to the end of another Catholic Charity Appeal, I want to thank Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and Bishop Richard G. Henning for their leadership and support during this historic year for the diocese.”
He also acknowledged the generosity of the donors who made this Appeal a success, including those who contributed online, with electronic donations increasing this year by $200,000.
“To every donor, priest, chairperson and volunteer, thank you for supporting these vital programs,” he said.
McCaig noted that 64 parishes had reached their goals, compared to 50 parishes last year.
Although the overall donor count was down by about 490 over last year, there were 511 new donors this year, and overall, 33% of donors increased their gift from 2022.