Strengthening Our Parishes Through the Living Our Mission Campaign An Excerpt from the Upcoming Living Our Mission Annual Report
Parishes are realizing profound and long-term benefits from the Living Our Mission capital and endowment campaign. The parishes will retain the majority of the funds raised, an estimated $64,967,000 of the nearly $103,952,000 raised, or 62.5%. To date, the Diocese has returned over $26,168,831 to the parishes through nine rounds of funding.
Parishes will use these funds in a variety of ways, including local construction projects, ministries, endowments and debt reduction. The key statistics below highlight how parishes are using their Living Our Mission money:
139 parishes plan to use the money raised for construction or repairs
42 parishes will fund ministries and outreach programs
23 parishes are saving for the future by placing funds into endowments
16 parishes allocated funds to reduce debt
Parish Construction and Repair Projects – By The Numbers:
$55,432,000 of the money raised is for new construction or repairs to existing buildings (the true impact is even larger. The actual cost of construction in the 139 parishes approaches $77 million).
$9,172,000 is the largest construction project funded by the campaign - - St. Bede, Williamsburg
23 parish construction projects exceed $1 million
13 parishes are building new churches or making significant renovations to worship space
6 parishes addressed emergency repairs to their building
As may be seen from the highlights above, the Living Our Mission campaign is providing critical funding in strategic ways. Income from the larger endowments of the Church provide a stable source of support for our clergy and other ministries which reduces the reliance on parish assessments - - a direct benefit to the parishes.
“If it weren’t for the Living Our Mission campaign, new and/or increased parish assessments would have been needed in order to address these financial challenges,” stated Michael J. McGee, Diocesan Chief Financial Officer.
Overall, this effort has brought about stronger parishes and a stronger Diocese - - better positioned to advance the mission, through Word, Worship, Community and Service.
Faith, Ministry and Fellowship to Flourish in New St. Michael Community Center
As St. Michael in Glen Allen near its 25th anniversary, it is undertaking a new building – a place of welcome – where they can enhance ministry and deepen connectivity within its diverse community. This new community center will be a 12,000 square foot home for the parish overlooking its small lake on the site behind the church.
Among the many opportunities this community center will make possible are:
A youth center for teenage parishioners to grow in their faith
A meeting hall that will accommodate 120 people for retreats, social gatherings and faith formation experiences
A great room for community building with a fireplace and comfortable seating areas
A kitchen to prepare food and drinks for meetings and activities.
To help St. Michael accomplish its vision, its leadership set a larger total goal for the Living Our Mission campaign of $3.3 million dollars. By conducting a combined campaign, St. Michael was able to receive a significantly larger portion of the funds to not only address its local priority, but also the Diocesan goals of supporting our retired priests, our seminarians and families that want to provide their children with a Catholic education.
With the leadership of Fr. Dan Brady and that of the campaign cabinet, St. Michael was able to not only raise the $3.3 million they needed, but eclipse the $4 million mark. One of the main reasons the campaign was a success was because plans were already well underway to begin building. On October 2nd, at the parish’s annual picnic, ground was officially broken on the new building. It is expected that the building will take a year to finish and is anticipated to be completed by October of 2017.
“The outstanding gift God has given us at St. Mike’s is the Charism of welcoming. As we grow closer to each other, we exhibit His gift ever more fully! This new community center, made possible in large part by the Living Our Mission campaign, will allow us to strengthen our community by building programs and ministries aimed at helping people grow deeper in their faith”, said Fr. Dan Brady, Pastor of St. Michael.
Inspiring God’s People Through the Catholic Community Foundation
The Catholic Community Foundation was created to provide valuable resources and services to donors who desire to support the Diocese of Richmond, its parishes and schools. It accomplishes this mission through ongoing education and mission advancement services as well as administration of the assets invested.
The staff of the Foundation provides strategic counseling and development services to support parishes, schools and affiliated organizations in the Diocese. The services provided include:
Planned (Legacy) Giving
Offertory and Stewardship Programs (Including Programs Geared Towards Our Hispanic Communities)
Major Gift Consulting
Whether you are a parishioner, pastor or parish administrator, we are more than happy to speak with you! If you would like more information, please contact Veronica Scholle at (804) 622-5155 or email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Staff of the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond
Foundation Announces New Board Members
The Board of Directors welcomes new board members to the Catholic Community Foundation. The Reverend Daniel Brady, Ms. Susan Hickey, Mr. David Fiorenza, Reverend Mr. Adrian Marchi, and Ms. Christine Thomas are newly appointed for a three-year term. We appreciate their willingness to serve on the Board of Directors and their commitment of service will help guide the direction of our Foundation and the future of our Church and Catholic community across the diocese.
Every parish across the Catholic Diocese of Richmond is participating in the Living Our
Mission campaign. Learn more online about the campaign's progress in your area. Read More Here.
The Catholic Community Foundation
houses all of the endowments created
through the Living Our Mission campaign
and the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.
Thank you for your interest in the Living Our Mission Capital Campaign!
If you would like to find out ways to contribute to the campaign, or if you have any other questions, please contact Veronica Scholle in the Campaign Office at (804) 622-5155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.