The Kickoff for the 2016 Bishop’s Appeal will include a musical performance by renowned composer and music editor Peter Kolar. The evening will offer an opportunity to thank donors and parishes for their efforts in exceeding the goal of $2,170,000 for the 2015 Appeal. Churches that exceeded their 2015 goals will receive share checks at the Kickoff. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports 17 ministries of the Diocese of El Paso serving 10 counties in far West Texas, including seminarian education, pastoral outreach, and religious education. The goal for the 2016 Appeal is $2,300,000. This year’s Progress Appeal will be held in all Catholic churches on the weekends of February 6-7 and February 13-14. The theme for this year’s Appeal is “In the Footsteps of Pope Francis” and will celebrate the Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis to the Border.
The Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2001 to support the growing needs of the Catholic community. The Foundation manages five programs: the Catholic Legacy Fund, the Foundation’s endowment program, Progress, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal which provides operational funds for diocesan ministries, and the Grants Development Office which seeks foundation and corporate grants for ministries, schools, and parishes. In addition to that, the Foundation promotes Stewardship as a way of life and the principles “Pray, Serve, Give” through training and materials for schools and parishes. Finally, there is the Foundation Scholarship Program, which supports the education of Foundation Scholars attending El Paso’s Catholic schools every year. The Foundation raises approximately $2 million each year through the Progress Appeal, and $1 million annually from outside grants. Since 2001, the Foundation has raised over $12 million for endowment.