Office for Stewardship and Development

Diocesan Annual Appeal Video 2018-2019

We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and Endurance in Hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father.  – 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

A milestone like the Diocesan Sesquicentennial allows us an opportunity to contemplate the missionary spirit of the generations before us whose works of faith, labors of love, and endurance of hope in Jesus Christ reveals the investment of their gifts as the reality of today’s parishes, schools, hospitals, and our beloved Diocese at large.  Today, we stand upon their missionary zeal and accomplishments.

As I reflect on that missionary spirit, I am grateful for theirs and for your stewardship calling to mind Saint Paul’s praise of God in thanksgiving for the Thessalonian community.  “We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Thes 1:2-3).  It is from this quote that we draw this year’s theme for our Diocesan Annual Appeal – Endurance in Hope.  Today we embrace our missionary works through the Diocesan Annual Appeal, the many works of our parish communities and through works like that of our own Servant of God, Father Joseph Walijewski who because he embraced the missionary spirit heeding the Lord’s call for building the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
As we invest our time, talents, and treasures in our diocesan community, our missionary spirit lives, endowing on earth the compassion and mercy of the Kingdom of God.  Therefore, I humbly invite, and in anticipation of your generosity and charity, I sincerely thank you as you consider your contribution to this year’s Diocesan Annual Appeal –Endurance in Hope.

Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and Saints Joseph and Francis, our patrons may God’s blessings be upon you,