Q: What is the meaning behind the theme, “To Teach Who Christ Is”?
A: To Teach Who Christ Is is a capital and endowment campaign that raised more than $400 million in gifts and pledges: $150 million for parish needs determined locally, $150 million for scholarships to Catholic schools through the Catholic Education Scholarship Trust, $30 million for critical facility issues, $10 million for religious education training for catechists, $8 million to enhance the academic excellence of Catholic schools, and $2 million for innovative new religious education programs.
Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., chose the theme because of its significance to his order, his vision of our archdiocese, and the spirit of the campaign. To Teach Who Christ Is comes from the writings of St. Eugene de Maze nod, founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who sought to teach “who Jesus Christ is.” At St. Eugene’s canonization, Pope John Paul II reflected that he was “a man of Advent, a man of the Coming. He not only looked forward to that Coming, he dedicated his whole life to preparing for it, one of those apostles who prepared the modern age, our age.”