Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Diocese of Crookston is made up of sixty-six parishes serving fourteen counties in Northwestern Minnesota. Thirty-four priests care for the congregations in all of these faith communities. Their work is wonderfully augmented by our Senior Priests. Currently, we have six young men in seminary studying for the priesthood. God willing, these wonderful young men will complete their studies and commit their lives to serving Christ and Catholic families in this Diocese. We need your financial help to make this happen.
The Diocesan Annual Appeal finances approximately one third of the annual operating budget of $2.3 million for the diocese. These funds pay for seminarian education, the Office of Vocations, the Diaconate formation program sponsored by the School of New Evangelization and a long list of other ministries. The Tribunal, Safe Environment, Catholic Schools, and Worship and Liturgy are included as well as the important work of the Office of the Bishop.
Catholics care about their parishes and support the missions of their Churches generously and keep ministries thriving, while also making sure the light bill is paid and the roof is in repair. As Catholics, we understand how important it is for the Church to be there for weddings, funerals, baptisms and confirmations, and especially for keeping families together in worship and community.
I invite you to become even more deeply connected to your fellow Catholics and our diocesan Church ministries by making a gift to the 2015 Diocesan Annual Appeal, and to daily hold in prayer our seminarians, the young men who - with the help of God - will serve your parishes, your children and your grandchildren far into the future. God bless you and keep you in his loving embrace.
Sincerely, in the name of the Lord Jesus,
Most Rev. Michael J. Hoeppner
Bishop of Crookston