LINCOLN (SNR) - While making the annual tour this past April for the Charity and Stewardship Appeal (CSA), Bishop James Conley challenged the faithful, "My head is on the chopping block! I can’t be the new Bishop of Lincoln and have our appeal numbers drop below 3 million. Otherwise I’m in trouble!"
Bishop Conley can safely complete his first full year as the Bishop of Lincoln, as the Charity and Stewardship Appeal not only topped $3 million for the second year in a row, but also increased to $3,080,880.25.
"I continue to be inspired and edified by our faithful in the diocese," Bishop Conley said. "Their generosity is a testament to their great faith and trust in the Lord, that Jesus Christ is the answer to every human question, and a sign of their willingness to serve others through financial contributions."
The Charity and Stewardship Appeal helps fund 18 beneficiaries across the diocese to assist with the costs of the various ministries and apostolates, ranging from Catholic education, faith-filled enriching activities for the youth, Catholic Social Services, and more. This year the annual appeal continued to grow in amount pledged, a sign of response to the call from Pope Francis to be engaged, active Catholics.
"Everyone may not be impelled to go on mission for the gospel," Bishop Conley remarked. "But nevertheless we are all called to be part of the New Evangelization, to reclaim our culture for Christ…. By participating in the Charity and Stewardship Appeal, you participate in the great work that is being done by our inspiring youth. May their example and their faith inspire us to live a more dynamic, Catholic Faith."
The Charity and Stewardship Appeal during this Year of Faith indicates the great desire of the faithful to make great acts of faith, to be engaged, and reclaim the culture, as Bishop Conley stated, for Christ.
Charity and Stewardship Appeal Giving Grows in Year of Faith Youthful Witness Inspires Increased Contributions