When Cardinal George launched To Teach Who Christ Is in 2013, he envisioned a campaign to strengthen our parishes, Catholic education and faith formation for generations to come. Emboldened by his courage to step out in faith despite his own personal illness, I fully embraced the challenge to continue his work to bring to completion what he began. It is heartening to know that more than 70,000 faithful from across this Archdiocese chose to support their parishes and the important shared ministries of our local Church.
Indeed, the blessings of To Teach Who Christ Is are many. Together, we raised more than $400 million, and the partnerships we developed will be instrumental for future initiatives, like Renew My Church. Thank you for ensuring the vibrancy of our Church!
The campaign has now entered the pledge fulfillment phase. These next five years are equally important to our endeavor, as parishes receive their funds from pledge payments and can then complete the projects they outlined during their campaigns. So much has already been accomplished and, like you, I am excited to see the fruits of our efforts. Please keep us up to date on what is taking place in your parish as a result of of To Teach Who Chris Is, so we can share your good news with others.
Your friendship and generosity are deeply appreciated. Please remember me and this Archdiocese in your prayers, as you are always in mine.
Wishing you every blessing, with kind regards I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago