One of my greatest blessings as the archbishop of Washington comes when I visit our parishes, schools and Catholic agencies and I see how every day, people in our community encounter Christ and experience his love and hope through the great array of ministries and programs in the Archdiocese of Washington.
Much of this outreach is made possible by the generous support of our family of faith to the annual Cardinal’s Appeal, which provides a key source of funding for the archdiocese’s educational and charitable outreach. The theme of the 2017 Cardinal’s Appeal, “Seek First the Kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33), summarizes our calling as Jesus’ disciples today, to help build God’s kingdom here and now. Every dollar given to the appeal reaches programs and charities serving people in our community. By giving to the appeal, local Catholics invest in the future and allow people today to be touched by Christ’s merciful love and light.
The Appeal supports the formation of our 75 seminarians studying to be the next generation of priests who will provide the sacraments to our families in years to come, and provides educational opportunities for our children so they can be the caring leaders of tomorrow. This annual effort also offers a way to say thanks to the priests who dedicated their lives to serving our people, through support for elderly priests who are retired or sick.
Thanks to your generosity, our ministries of service offer help to those in need throughout our area and hope for a brighter future. Your gifts help feed and shelter people, provide assistance to people with disabilities and women facing crisis pregnancies to help them choose life, and support our archdiocesan family life ministries as well as chaplains who minister to students on our college campuses, the sick in hospitals and nursing homes, and people who are imprisoned. The Appeal also supports outreach to young adults and our multicultural communities, and makes possible innovative communications programs to bring the Good News of Jesus to people on many different media platforms.
Through stewardship – the sharing of our time, talent and treasure – we answer Jesus’ call of discipleship. Your gift to the 2017 Cardinal’s Appeal will truly make a difference in someone’s life, and in yours.