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2019 Bishop's Annual Appeal asks Catholics consider 'Who is my neighor?'

Originally Appeared in : 9903-1/31/19

The 2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal officially kicked off Jan. 19 and 20 at weekend Masses in parishes across the diocese giving the faithful once again the opportunity to support the ministries and programs that serve our faith communities. Led by the theme “Who is My Neighbor?” the appeal invites everyone to contribute, with proceeds that will support services around the 90-county Diocese of Savannah benefiting almost 80,000 Catholics and others in South Georgia.  

 

Set to run through Dec. 31, 2019, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, or BAA, will maintain the goal of $2.7 million. The 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal raised over $2.6 million and was just shy of its $2.7 million goal. The BAA received donations from 6,991 donors, with an average gift of $372, and brought in over $390,500 in new donations from nearly 1,500 donors.

 

For the last two years, the BAA was aided by an anonymous donor who matched donations made in the month of April that were either from new donors or existing donors who increased their gifts from the year previous. The generous matching gift accomplished exactly what it set out to do: re-energize the appeal, invite new donors to give and to encourage current donors to increase their donations.

 

A personal letter from Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. was sent in January (see below) inviting parishioners to donate to the BAA.  A video — which was shown in either English or Spanish during Kick-Off Weekend in January and can be viewed along with other BAA-related information at www.diosav.org/baa — features an introduction to the campaign theme by Bishop Hartmayer. The video concludes with Bishop Hartmayer’s call to action that we love our neighbors as ourselves.

 

The BAA supports such programs and ministries as vocations and seminarian education; faith formation for children and adults; Campus Ministry, Youth and Young Adult and Family Life ministries; rural mission parishes; Catholic Charities and its 13 regional offices and agencies throughout the diocese; multi-cultural ministries; Stewardship; Tribunal; Communications; and Information Technology.  

 

Contributions to the BAA may be made by mail using parish-provided envelopes, or online at www.diosav.org/baa. Donors who make their gifts or pledges online will receive a Georgia Martyrs prayer card. Checks (made payable to the Diocese of Savannah), credit cards and electronic-fund transfers are all accepted. Gifts are tax deductible. For further information, contact the Office of Stewardship and Development at 912-201-4060 or stewardship&development@diosav.org.

 

Maureen Coates is the Director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Savannah.

 

(Click on the images below to read the bishop's letter and see the entire BAA poster)

       

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