Partners in Charity held an appreciation dinner for the Saint Paul Society and Holy Family Society members on
Thursday, Sept, 8, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston. One week earlier the diocesan fundraising appeal announced it had exceeded its $5 million goal.
The Appeal received 17,857 gifts and pledges totaling $5,022,168, Michael Gillespie, director of the Office of Stewardship and Development. He said totals for the campaign are being finalized.
“It has been a challenge for five years to reach a $5 million goal, but this year our fervent prayer was that we would make it,” Mr. Gillespie said.
“Allow me to express my profound gratitude to God for the wonderful response to this year’s Partners in Charity Appeal,” said Bishop McManus. “Thanks to the generous support of the people of the Diocese of Worcester, and the leadership of pastors and parish chairpeople, we achieved our $5 million goal for pastoral, educational and charitable ministries.”
Partners in Charity supports diocesan ministries and agencies and ministries that include: Clergy Retirement, Retired Priests Health Ministry, Catholic Charities, Haitian Apostolate, McAuley Nazareth Home for Boys, Pernet Family Health Services, Seminarian Health Insurance, St. John’s Diocesan Cemetery System, Diocesan Development & Stewardship,
Catholic Campus Ministry, Catholic Schools Department, The Office of Religious Education, Ongoing Priestly Formation, New Evangelization Worcester for Youth & Young Adults, Catholic School Grants-in-Aid, Seminarian Education, Central Catholic Schools Subsidy, Advanced Studies for Clergy and Laity, Communications, African Ministry, Hispanic Ministry, Office of Marriage and Family, Minister to Priests, Office of the Diaconate, Respect Life Office, Cathedral of St. Paul, Vocations Office, Office for Divine Worship.