Annual Catholic Appeal

Gift Impact

Careful thought is given to the use of each and every gift. They are gifts to support God’s work, and we use them accordingly. Below is a breakdown of how funds are allocated through the Annual Catholic Appeal effort.

Ministry Priorities of the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal
$ 5,500,000 Local Communities 
Support for parishes and schools serving financially challenged communities
$ 2,100,000 Parish Vitality and Mission
Programs to support parish vitality–
evangelization initiatives, liturgy enhancements
$ 1,200,000 Catechetical Faith Formation
Support for youth, young adult, campus and adult religious education ministries
$ 700,000 Lay Formation 
Continuing education for lay volunteers and staff serving parish communities
$ 545,000 Catholic Relief Services 
Assisting the poor and vulnerable overseas
$ 495,000 Human Dignity and Solidarity:
Activities promoting respect for life at all stages, immigration, Kolbe House prison ministry and peace and justice initiatives
$ 400,000 Priest Education 
Continuing education for seminarians and priests ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago
$ 160,000

Family Ministries 
Programs for marriage preparation, marriage support and family ministry

$ 100,000 Community Ministries
Support for Chicago Fire and Police department chaplaincies and other community ministries
$ 3,800,000 Parish Incentives/Rebates
Funds raised in excess of individual parish goals are returned to the parish for use with their local ministries
$ 15,000,000         Ministries Total
$ 1,500,000 Cost of Appeal 
Design, printing, postage, production, staff and vendors who implement the Annual Catholic Appeal
$ 16,500,000        2018 Annual Catholic Appeal Goal


How your Gift is used by Percentage