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Partners closes in on goal

Posted By June 26, 2014 | 1:26 pm | Local

The annual Partners in Charity Appeal is getting closer and closer to its $5 million goal as the end of the drive approaches.
The Appeal so far has received gifts and pledges totaling  $4,611,086, or 92 percent of the goal, leaving $388,914 left to raise, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. He said he hopes the goal can be reached by next month.
At this time last year the Appeal had raised $4,527,291, or $83,795 less than this year.
So far there have been about 17,000 donors. Another 3,000 who gave last year have yet to make gifts or pledges this year, he said.
‘If this group made gifts  equivalent to their gifts last year, it would bring in about $750,000 and put the drive over the top,” Mr. Gillespie said.
There have been 981 new donors this year who have given a total of $123,114, he said. Gifts from 136 diocesan priests have totaled $201,575. The 112 members of the St. Paul Society, who pledge at least $5,000 have given a total of  $802,473. Thirty-nine of the 102 parishes in the diocese have reached or exceeded their goals.
The annual Partners in Charity Appeal  helps to support charitable, educational and ministerial organizations in the diocese. They include:
Catholic Charities, Clergy Retirement, Retired Priests Health Ministry, Haitian Apostolate, McAuley Nazareth Home for Boys, Pernet Family Health Services, Seminarian Health Insurance,
St. John’s Cemetery System, Diocesan Development, Stewardship
Catholic Campus Ministry, Catholic Schools Office, Office of Religious Education, Ongoing Priestly Formation, Youth & Young Adult Ministry, Seminarian Education, Grants-in-Aid for Catholic School Students, Central Catholic Schools Subsidy, Advanced Studies for Clergy and Laity, Communications Office
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 for Divine Worship, Wells Street House.