Dear Friends 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 congregation in all of these faith communities. Their work is augmented wonderfully by our senior priests. Currently, we have six young men in seminary studying for the priesthood. God willing, these wonderful 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 the New Evangelization and a long list of other ministries. The Tribunal, Safe Environment, Catholic Schools and Worship & 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 to keep ministries thriving while also making sure the light bill gets paid and the roof is in repair. But it is a fact that only about one third of Catholics in the Diocese of Crookston support the critical Diocesan Annual Appeal. We are asking that you take a step - or a leap - into this group by giving a gift of $2, $5, $10 or $20 per seminarian. This gift will make an enormous difference, not just to those balancing the budget this year but to those who need a priest or sacraments in the future.
As Catholics, we understand how important it is for the Church to be there for our families for weddings, funerals, baptisms and confirmations. We want you to be connected to your Diocesan Church ministries and especially to the young men who will serve you, your children and your grandchildren in the future. Please join your fellow parishioners, friends and family already committed by giving a gift to the 2015 DAA today.
Sincerely, in the Name of the Lord Jesus,
Most Rev. Michael J. Hoeppner,
Bishop of Crookston
or call the Office of Stewardship & Development, toll-free, at 1-855-397-8252 for assistance with making your gift.