Partners in Charity, formerly known as the Bishop's Fund, is the Annual Appeal for the Diocese of Worcester, serving 28 charitable, educational, and pastoral ministries. Through your generous support we are able to serve thousands of families and individuals in Worcester County through outreach, formation, evangelization, and worship.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR 2016 GIFT OF SUPPORT
As we approach the 2017 Partners in Charity Appeal, we would like to thank all of you who made a sacrificial gift to the 2016 Appeal. It is with sincere gratitude and appreciation that we acknowledge your continued generosity.
Thanks to the generous support of the people of the Diocese of Worcester, and the leadership of pastors and parish chairpeople, we surpassed our $5 million goal for pastoral, educational and charitable ministries raising $5,044,850.
May God bless each of our donors as together we offer the face of God’s mercy to our brothers and sisters in need.
The goal has been $5 million since the 2011 campaign which raised $4,724,352. During the 2012 appeal it raised $4,835,997. In 2013 the appeal ended with $4,868,683. In 2014, the campaign raised $4,823,028 and announced the receipt of a bequest for $1.6 million. In 2015 it raised $4,881,859.
Thanks to the gifts from 18,014 families and individuals, we are able to meet the financial needs of our ministries in 2016. A special thank you to the 80 St. Paul Society members who contributed $428,594, and the 43 Holy Family Society members who donated $539,130. These two societies collectively gave $967,724.
Some 150 priests contributed $238,969 (97 gave $1,000 or more). We welcomed 818 new appeal donors in 2016, this group collectively gave $122,766. Online gifts collected $332,829 from 727 donors.
As you reflect on the many gifts God has bestowed upon you this past year, I encourage you to support the upcoming 2017 Partners in Charity Appeal.
Thank you again for your generosity. With your help, we will continue to build up the Church in Worcester County and beyond.