Annual Bishop’s Appeal

The Annual Bishop’s Appeal is a yearly fundraising campaign that helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, funding roughly half the central diocesan operation budget. The diocesan-wide goal is divided among parishes, with each parish goal set from an algorithm considering the past year’s offertory income and the past three years of appeal donations. All donations above a parish goal are returned to that parish.

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Please contact Jeffery Boetticher in the Secretariat for Stewardship & Development: ​

[email protected]

To donate via check, write a check, payable to “Annual Bishop’s Appeal” and complete a pledge card. Drop both in the collection basket at your parish, or mail to: ​

Annual Bishop’s Appeal
915 S. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Make a pledge or give a secure, one-time gift online via credit or debit card. The link below is for donations to the 2023-2024 (37th) Annual Bishop’s Appeal. 

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What Your Gift Supports

The overall goal for the 2024-25 Annual Bishop’s Appeal is $5,325,464.

High School Subsidy: $1,400,464
Priest Retirement: $700,000
Communications: $600,000
Catholic Schools Office: $500,000
Pastoral Ministries and Catechesis: $480,000
Tribunal: $470,000
Catholic Charities: $425,000
Grants to Parishes/Agencies: $300,000
Seminarian Education: $200,000
Priest Continuing Education and Formation: $150,000
Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry: $100,000

This information details the 2024 Annual Bishop’s Appeal contributions to specific diocesan ministries and departments. These ministries and departments may have larger overall total budgets and expenses, which are outlined in the diocesan financial report.