The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is launching its largest fundraising campaign in half a century for $130 million. (FOX19 NOW)
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is launching its largest fundraising campaign in half a century for $130 million.
In an initiative Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr calls "historic," the Archdiocese would still control the money but would depend on the newly-created Catholic Community Foundation to raise it.
The non-profit agency would operate like any other private charity with public accountability and a board of directors made up of priests, church leaders, Schnurr and lay people.
Money raised would go to help parishes and Catholic schools, social services, and other ministries for decades.
The "One Faith, One Hope, One Love" campaign is based on the positive results of a professional planning and feasibility study conducted in 2013. A pilot phase involving 13 parishes already has exceeded its goal.
“I ask all of you — as individuals and families — for your prayerful consideration concerning the historic opportunity for stewardship being offered by the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign,” Schnurr wrote in a letter Friday that ran in The Catholic Telegraph, the Archdiocese's newspaper.
Half of the total funds raised will go toward Catholic education, including $50 million to expand tuition assistance and $15 million for educational programming.
The other half will be divided among four components: Local Parish Priorities (to be determined by each individual parish for its share); Fostering Vocations (including tuition assistance for seminarians); Caring for Retired Diocesan Priests; and Catholic Charities/Social Services, which serve the poor and vulnerable across Southwestern Ohio.
“I call it historic because no appeal involving our local needs has been offered on such a scale since Archbishop Karl Alter's capital campaign more than a half-century ago,” Schnurr's letter reads. “In scope, this represents a comprehensive, extraordinary and exciting outreach to strengthen our parishes, our schools, our ministries, our very foundations for the future. These goals are about nothing less than building the Church as we are called by Christ to do.”
Cincinnati's archdiocese is the 38th largest Catholic one in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment.
The 19-county territory includes 212 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.