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How Your Gift is Used

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Planned Allocation of 2022 Annual Bishop's Appeal Funds
Each year, the Diocese of Bridgeport assesses its financial resources, the needs of parishioners and its ability to respond effectively and with compassion. This illustration is an overview of how your Appeal contributions will be distributed:
 

GOAL: $8,100,000

 
TO TEACH AND PREACH THE GOSPEL $3,679,500

  • Institute of Catholic Formation $507,000
  • Faith Formation of Youth $153,000
  • Formation of Seminarians $1,065,000
  • Formation of Deacons $161,500
  • Donations to the Bishop Scholarship Fund $700,000
  • Donations to Catholic Academies of Bridgeport $300,000
  • Communications $743,000
  • Veritas Catholic Network $50,000

 
BUILDING “BRIDGES OF FAITH” AND SERVING THE POOR $1,799,500

  • Donations to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County $550,000
  • Donations to St. Catherine Center for Special Needs $250,000
  • Pastoral Care of the Sick and Elderly $999,500

 
BUILDING COMMUNITIES OF FAITH $2,046,000

  • Support of Retired Priests $1,325,000
  • Support to Parishes in Need $300,000
  • Donation to the Seton Collaborative $100,000
  • Campus Ministry and Young Adult Support $100,000
  • Strategic and Pastoral Planning $83,000
  • “The Bridge” Center for Young Adult Entrepreneurship $10,000
  • Institute for Catholic Culture $128,000

Fundraising Expenses $575,000
 
In the spirit of financial transparency, the cost to conduct the Bishop’s Appeal totals 7 cents on the dollar based
on the 2022 goal. Fundraising expenses may also provide additional support to a number of these areas.

Planned Allocation of 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal Funds
Each year, the Diocese of Bridgeport assesses its financial resources, the needs of parishioners and its ability to respond effectively and with compassion. This illustration is an overview of how your Appeal contributions will be distributed:
 

GOAL: $8,100,000

 
Faith & Ministry $3,841,000

  • The Institute for Catholic Formation and Faith Formation $477,000
  • Formation of Priests and Deacons $1,417,000
  • Eucharistic Jubilee $100,000
  • Mission Parishes $125,000
  • Pastoral Centers $100,000

 
Education and Catechesis $1,172,000

  • Bishop’s Scholarship Fund $700,000
  • Catholic Academy of Bridgeport $400,000
  • Youth $215,000
  • Communications $657,000

 
Charity and Pastoral Services $1,972,000

  • Catholic Charities of Fairfield County $550,000
  • Pastorial Care of Sick and Elderly $912,000
  • St. Catherine Center for Special Needs $250,000

*In the spirit of financial transparency, the cost to conduct the Annual Catholic Appeal totals less than 6.4 cents on the dollar based on the 2021 ACA goal. Fundraising expenses may also provide additional support to a number of these areas.

Funding Model

We Stand With Christ Capital Campaign
$75 Million Goal

Gifts invested provide for the future of the Church through endowments in three foundations strategically aligned for long-term funding and sustainability.

50% directly benefits parishes, 50% invested in the foundations

RENEW 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal
$9 Million Goal

Gifts to the Annual Catholic Appeal support day-to-day ministries and programs

Earnings generated from the three foundation endowments will assist in reducing the overall Annual Catholic Appeal goal in future years.