The Diocese of Rochester raised a record-breaking amount of more than $5 million during its 2007-08 Catholic Ministries Appeal.
Donors pledged $5.2 million to the appeal, and $5.1 million of that amount had been collected by the time the campaign officially ended May 31, according to a statement from the diocesan Office of Stewardship and Communications. Although the 2007-08 appeal didn’t meet its goal of $5.3 million, it broke the $5 million mark for the first time in its 27-year history.
The appeal, which funds numerous diocesan departments, services, programs and ministries, garnered more than $300,000 above the level of the 2006-07 appeal, marking the fourth consecutive year in which the appeal has raised more money than in the previous year. Forty-two parishes met or exceeded their goals, and another 20 parishes raised more than 90 percent of their assigned goals, according to the statement.
“This represents a wonderful outpouring of generosity from the people of our diocese,” Bishop Matthew H. Clark said in the statement. “Their gifts help us to respond to the needs of our local church, and allow the church to reach out and help in many, many ways.”