While calls for supporting the Church can be traced to both the Old and New Testament accounts, the current diocesan annual campaign began in 1980 when it was known as the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF). Eight years later, the Diocesan Finance Council and Presbyteral (Priests’) Council revised the campaign as an assessment to partially fund new ministries that began to flourish as a result of Vatican II.The ACA launches in Lent when the diocesan bishop invites 87,000 Catholics to support diocesan ministries that serve children, youth, teens, families, seniors, seminarians and many others. All gifts received through December 31 are credited toward each parish’s goal. In 2015, sixty-six parishes (75%) received refunds totaling $770,000 for surpassing their goals.Promotional expenses for the 2015 Appeal were less than 2¢ for every dollar raised. This means that 98% of your gift directly supported essential ministries. Only through the generosity of all Catholics are the Diocesan ministries able to advance the mission of Jesus Christ to their maximum potential.New or additional gifts may be made through your parish, or through the Development Office by using this ACA Pledge Card. We are grateful for your ongoing support!
Parish Campaign Guide (35-page PDF file)