“He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind
to let the oppressed go free.” – Luke 4:18
As we approach our Diocesan Sesquicentennial, we do well to pause and contemplate the Gospel of Luke 4:16-19 where Jesus reads from the Prophet Isaiah: “He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind to let the oppressed go free.” Paul in Hebrews 11:8-10 recalls how Abraham, went out into the unknown, looking forward. Today Pope Francis continually calls on us to the risk of the encounter, bringing mercy and hope to the marginalized. “Hope,” he says, “is the virtue of a heart that doesn’t lock itself into darkness that does not dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow.” Considering these messages from Sacred Scripture and from our Holy Father, our beloved Diocese tirelessly proclaims the good news of the Gospel: Our Hope Jesus Christ.
Our ancestors whose dreams, works, and spiritual efforts built our Diocese—and upon whose shoulders we now stand upon— took the risk of Divine hope, coming to an unknown land, many searching for freedom from oppression: all were given the vision to see tomorrow. Your prayers and sacrificial gifts offered to the Diocesan Annual Appeal today fund the many great works that continue to flow from that Divine Hope bequeathed to us from our ancestors inspiring a new age for Faith! I am grateful for your generosity and support for the Annual Appeal; and I humbly invite you to participate in this year’s Sesquicentennial Diocesan Annual Appeal – Stewards of Hope.
God blessings be upon you,
Most Rev. William Patrick Callahan, Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse
2017-2018 Sharing the Promise of Mercy – Brochure
2017-2018 Case Statement – PDF
A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. “Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the ‘other’ is not a statistic, or a number,” he says. “We all need each other.”
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