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Dear Friends in Christ:
In this Holy Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, we are asked to open the doors of our hearts and make mercy real and present by our actions. The ministries supported by the Diocesan Appeal allows us as a Catholic family to be merciful throughout our diocese.
Through your gifts to this Appeal, our schools, and religious education programs benefit from the Office of Education which helps to prepare our teachers and catechists to pass on the knowledge of our faith. The Ministry Formation Program has trained so many adults who go back to their parishes and evangelize by proclaiming the depth of God’s mercy present in the Scripture.
You also play a crucial part in the formation of our priests and deacons who serve us throughout their lives – even in retirement.
Together, we can reach so many by pooling our resources to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, and to lift them up through our Catholic Charities programs. Your gift demonstrates that God’s mercy is alive today, experienced by many, and practiced by all who follow Jesus.
Let God’s mercy lead us…
To care for those who are hungry and poor
To welcome the lost and forsaken
To educate the hearts, minds, and spirits in the Catholic faith
We cannot let the love of Christ stay behind closed doors – we must open our hearts to Christ so we can spread His mercy to everyone we meet.
Please join me in giving to the 2016 Diocesan Appeal so we can help make God’s mercy a reality for people in our parishes, communities and throughout our diocese. Thank you.
The Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford