Thank you for your prayerful and generous response supporting the work of Christ throughout the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Your gift supports many important ministries, programs, and services, including the following:

 Your generosity to the Annual Bishop's Appeal helps provide continuing education and ongoing formation for the 114 priests and 24 deacons serving in our parishes as well as pension support of our 17 retired priests.


Additionally, your help provides strong human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation for the 26 young seminarians studying for the priesthood and the 25 men studying and preparing to become permanent deacons.

Your support of the Annual Bishop's Appeal enables a myriad of diocesan evangelization efforts that seek to "Go and Make Disciples."  In 2018/2019:

+ Hispanic Ministry hired a new director and expanded           offerings throughout the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

+ 742 people attended a marriage preparation program

+ Ava's Grace was launched to support families who

   suffer miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss

+ Young Adult Ministry hire new staff in Fort Wayne to                  serve all areas of the diocese

+ Every Sunday, Mass is televised across all 14 counties to         reach those unable to attend

+ Today's Catholic completed its first full year of an                     expanded digital edition

As disciples of Christ, we are called to have a special love and concern for the poor. Many charities receive funds from the Bishop’s Appeal, providing services to those in need: 

+ Food, clothing and medical care for the poor 

+ Serving the homeless 

+ Crisis pregnancy and adoption services 

+ Refugee resettlement and placement services 

+ Persons with disabilities services 

+ Victim assistance 

+ Jail ministry 

Catechetical and spiritual formation strengthens our Catholic faith, nurturing our life in Christ. The Annual Bishop’s Appeal supported the teaching of faith in many ways this past year:

+ Our diocese operates 43 Catholic schools that educated 13,424      students taught by 1,001 dedicated teachers 

+ This year,over 450 youths participated in diocesan pilgrimages 

+ Tuition assistance for students in need in our Catholic schools

+ Education for Ministry, a training program for catechists  

+ RCIA support and resources for adult and youth faith formation

+ 6,880 children participated in parish religious education


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