$60 Million and Counting!


July 14, 2014

Issue 40

$60 Million and Counting!

Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love has crossed the $60 million mark; now is the time to encourage fellow parishioners to join in the success. The $65 million goal is within sight and there are still 16 parishes conducting the campaign. Although the average gift for the overall campaign is just under $5,000, even an average gift of $2,500 from another 2,000 families would push the effort over goal. Please share the excitement with your friends, neighbors, and fellow parishioners. Success is within sight and we look forward to sharing great stories with you in the coming month.

Campaign Statistics


*A portion of the Leadership Gifts Phase total raised is shared with parishes, therefore the overall total is less than the sum of the individual phases.

Individual parishes were offered the opportunity to set a challenge goal over and above their FFHL goal. In addition, parishes receive a benefit from surpassing their regular FFHL goal. All dollars raised are included in these totals.

* Retired, but pastor when campaign was conducted.

Good News

 Block Two

Fr. Joshua Voitus shared the details of Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love with families in Sylva during St. Mary’sfirst Commitment Weekend.  Parishioners and visitors responded enthusiastically to the message of this historic endeavor, especially the commitment to priestly formation and College Campus Ministries.  More than 20 families made gifts to the effort, committing an additional $52,000 to St. Mary’s initiative.

At St. Frances of Rome in SpartaFr. James Stuhrenberg received a $25,000 commitment from a family inspired to help their brothers and sisters in Christ throughout western North Carolina. Monies returned to the parish will be used to invest in the future expansion of their growing church.

Fr. Carmen Malacari and the Leadership Team offered all families an opportunity to participate in Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love during its first Commitment Weekend. 108 families responded enthusiastically and made gifts to this effort. The Holy Spirit parish community in Denver has now pledged more than $1,700,000  to Fr. Carmen’s appeal that highlighted the paralleled growth of the Diocese and the Holy Spirit faith family.

Fr. Frank O’Rourke at St. Gabriel in Charlotte received more than $40,000 in pledged commitments from parish families. The parish has raised more than $1,930,000 for Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love.  As they near the last stages of their campaign, Fr. Frank is excited to provide parishioners with an opportunity to participate in this historic effort that will directly impact St. Gabriel’s ministries and school.

Following thorough education and explanation of the overall and local benefits and the campaign, Fr. Brian Cookand the Campaign Executive Committee members of St. Leo in Winston-Salem continue to invite parishioners to participate in Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love. Father Cook has been humbled by the generosity of his parishioners who have given an average gift of $4,591.