Why I give to the Annual Catholic Appeal Print
Written by Mary C. Uhler   
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Why do I continue to give to the Annual Catholic Appeal in the Diocese of Madison?

Here are just some of the reasons.

• Our priests — All Catholics in the Diocese of Madison have priests who celebrate Mass, preside at sacraments, and provide counseling to parishioners and those in hospitals and nursing homes. These priests received their education before ordination as seminarians through the support of the diocese. And even after ordination, our priests receive continuing education through our diocese.

• Our schools and religious education programs — Many parents in the Diocese of Madison like me have children who attended or are attending Catholic schools or religious education programs. These children have principals, teachers, and catechists who received training and support through our diocesan offices.

• Camp Gray — My children attended Camp Gray for summer camp and for Confirmation retreats. The camp receives support from the ACA.

• Marriage and family programs — My husband and I participated in a Marriage Encounter weekend, and for many years we’ve been a FOCCUS Marriage Preparation couple. Training and support for these programs are offered through the ACA.

‘In the Light of Faith’

The theme of this year’s ACA is “In the Light of Faith.” It emphasizes how we all get to know, love, and serve God better through our diocesan services.

This year’s goal is $3.5 million. Here is how the goal is divided into various areas:

• Know God, $1,100,000 — Evangelization and religious formation, support services to schools, teacher training and support, seminarian education, Hispanic and migrant ministry, continuing education for clergy, and support of the diaconate.

• Love God, $1,120,000 — Worship/Diocesan Choir, family ministries, college and youth ministries, Camp Gray, and ministry support.

• Serve God, $1,280,000 — Catholic Charities, parish services, Catholic Multicultural Center, administrative costs, and Holy Name Seminary preservation.

How to give

Members of parishes have received a letter and pledge form from the late Bishop Robert C. Morlino. An insert about the appeal was distributed in parishes and is also included in this week’s Catholic Herald.

I encourage all Catholics to join me in giving generously to the ACA. Our financial gifts do make a difference in sharing the light of faith.

You can donate through the mail appeal, in your parish, or online at