The Diocese of Rochester announced Dec. 10 that its Partners in
Faith capital campaign has exceeded its $50 million goal and continues
to raise funds.
During a press conference at the diocesan Pastoral Center, Bishop
Matthew H. Clark expressed gratitude to those who have pledged to the
campaign thus far, and urged those who have not contributed to help
continue the campaign’s momentum.
“It is fitting that as we approach Christmas, this time of
generosity and goodwill, that we should achieve an historic record in
local diocesan fundraising by exceeding $50 million — before the
campaign even is completed,” Bishop Clark said. “This truly is a
remarkable achievement. I am very grateful to all who have given gifts
large and small, and encourage others now to help us reach even higher
as the campaign continues. Join us in this astonishing display of
spirit and generosity. We are not done as yet, and every dollar raised
will help us plan and provide for the future generations of
Launched in April of this year, the campaign is parish-based,
meaning that diocesan parishes had individual campaign goals and that
half of the money they raise will be returned to the parishes. Bishop
Clark said that some of the parishes have earmarked their campaign
proceeds for capital improvements to parish buildings, while others
plan to use their proceeds to fund charities, including Catholic
Charities. Several parishes are still conducting their campaigns, and
14 others will begin their drives in January and continue fundraising
through March 2004.
Out if its share of campaign proceeds, the diocese will fund
endowments for Catholic schools, Catholic Charities and faith
formation. Proceeds also will be used to enhance the priests’ pension
fund, provide for such capital projects as the renovation of Sacred
Heart Cathedral and construction of the new Pittsford campus for St.
Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry.
“I am happy to say that the campaign has achieved success in
parishes in both urban and suburban Monroe County and parishes
throughout the 12-county diocese. In addition, four parishes incredibly
have raised more than a million dollars,” Bishop Clark said.
According to the diocese, many individual parishes — including
Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish — have exceeded their goals, and the
campaign has netted several five- and six-figure gifts, as well as one
pledge for $2.5 million. More than 25,000 households in the diocese
have contributed to the campaign so far.
“I am truly grateful, and yet I am not surprised. I believe the
campaign’s name says it all,” Bishop Clark said. “Roman Catholics truly
feel they are partners in the many ministries that help our children,
assist the needy and those who are disadvantaged, strengthen families,
provide care for the elderly, build and bolster the local church. And
we so generously support this work as a matter of faith, in our God,
our local church and our community. I am truly grateful to every one of