Seminarian Education – $100,000
“I want to say thank you for all of the support you give to me and the other seminarians. My education has been top notch, and I could not afford this education without your support. You have motivated me to continue on my journey to becoming a priest. Knowing that so many people are behind me and helping me allows me to see how people are living out the Gospel and this has given me the confidence I need to carry on.” -Deacon Rusty Vincent
Catholic Charities – $370,000
“The marriage prep program has strengthened our marriage by equipping us with the tools we need to communicate effectively, to love one another through tough times, and to keep our marriage grounded in the Catholic faith. The Church gives us so many resources to enrich our marriage and our faith. It helps to know that we are not alone and we have help and resources available to us through Catholic Charities should we ever need them.” – Anna and Andrew Harris, St. Richard, Jackson
Campus Ministry – $50,000
“The retreat strengthened my faith in so many ways. I thought it was amazing that we were able to bring schools from all over the state to come together and to know that we share the same beliefs. It fills me with joy when I see others so strong in their faith. Not only does it bring me joy, but it also inspires me. The speakers that we have had are simply amazing and just getting to hear their story is always so inspiring. This retreat reminds me that, while it is hard to be a Catholic college student, it can be done and that I am not alone. Others at the retreat can relate to particular situations and it’s so comforting.” – Virdiana Acosta- Ole Miss student from St. James, Tupelo
Mission Parishes and Schools – $60,000
“Your support of the Catholic Service Appeal allows mission parishes and schools around our diocese to practice their Catholic faith. The principals and teachers at these schools are grateful for your support. It allows their schools to excel in academics.”
Formational Ministries – $111,000
“Before Spring Hill, I considered myself a faithful and knowledgeable Catholic. One class in, I realized how little I knew about this faith that I love. I could tell you what I believed but not why I believed it. The whole reason that I desired to work for the Church in the first place was that I wanted to help others experience the faith awakening that I experienced through Spring Hill’s program. My hope is that I’m “paying back” the Catholic Church by bringing others to this kind of awareness.” -Therese Prejean- St. Francis, Madison
Black Catholic Ministry Office provides formational leadership training to the parishes on evangelization efforts with the African American community.
Youth Ministry Office serves the needs of middle school and high school teens in the parishes and schools through youth work camps, Catholic Youth Organizations and scouts.
Hispanic Ministry Office reaches out to and initiates programs for the growing Hispanic population in our Diocese. The Diocese tents to the needs of the Hispanic population through liturgies, special celebrations unique to the Hispanic culture, and language relevant programming.
Priest Retirement and Clergy Assistance – $70,000
Your gift to the Catholic Service Appeal is a way of honoring those retired priests that have faithfully served our parishes and diocese for many years. Even in retirement, many continue to serve by celebrating Mass, visiting hospitals and ministering to the sick.
Evangelization and Communication – $40,000
Worship and Liturgy Office assists parishes in planning liturgical ceremonies and coordinates diocesan liturgical events and the Bishop’s liturgies.
Diocesan Communication Office works through media, print and internet to promote the new evangelization by bringing the gospel message to nearly 18,000 Catholics in our diocese. Your support helped to keep our Catholics up to date on local, national and worldwide Catholic events through our MS Catholic newspaper and website. “Your support helped to create the look of our new website which will be easily read on any mobile device.” – Mary Woodward, Diocesan Director of Evangelization and Communication