Parishes, social services, clergy retirement, education and debt relief will all benefit from a multiyear capital campaign that hopes to raise $60 million in the Diocese of Oakland.
"I'm certain this campaign is the right response," he said. "Thank you for joining me in this important work.
"This plan is based on personal contact, and providing every family with the opportunity to learn details of the campaign and become informed about how their commitments to give, serve and pray will help achieve our goal," said Bishop Barber.
Details of the campaign and preliminary work will be developed and explained to everyone in the diocese. The annual Bishop's Appeal will be conducted in 2014, take a hiatus in 2015 and return in 2016.
A committee of a dozen priests from geographically diverse areas of the diocese will advise the bishop on the conduct of the campaign. The fundraising firm, Guidance in Giving Inc., which has assisted with the annual diocesan Bishop's Appeal since 2010, will assist the Office for Mission Advancement, the diocese's fundraising arm.
Studies and focus groups conducted in 2012 determined the major categories for the fundraising effort.
Kenneth J. Hokenson, executive director of the Office for Mission Advancement, explained some of the benefits:
• Parishes will be able to share in the funds.
• Funds raised will assist Catholic Charities of the East Bay, the social service and justice arm of the diocese.
• The campaign will provide increased funding for the Priests' Retirement Trust that now provides retirement benefits to about 50 retired priests.
• A new endowment funded through the campaign will provide more tuition assistance to Catholic schools.
• Not all parishes have schools, but each has religious education. A Religious Education & Formation Endowment will be created to offer partial scholarships for the formation of parish coordinators and directors of religious education, youth ministers, religious education teachers and other lay ministries.
• While not all supported the construction of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, it has been built and it is the Mother Church of our diocese. Total debt on the complex is currently $65 million; a minimum of $30 million will allow for a restructuring of the debt with extended payments over a longer period of time at reduced rates.
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