Annual Diocesan Appeal 2021
Annual Diocesan Appeal
September 11/12, 2021
The goal for the 2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal is $6,120,000
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). The theme for the 2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal—All in the Name of Jesus—is derived from this scripture passage. Jesus Christ must remain the very heart and soul of everything that we as Catholic Christians know and believe. For us living in the Church of Peoria, faith in Jesus must always be foundational for who we are and how we try to live. This faith in and relationship with Jesus is also foundational for how we, your bishops, try to shepherd this diocese.
Your support of the Annual Diocesan Appeal is your faithful response to Jesus alive in the Church. Whether it is seen through the superior Catholic education of our youth, ministries that care for the vulnerable, faith formation of individuals, or the mundane behind-the-scenes work of the curia that, if not available, would otherwise become the burden of local churches and schools, it is your g enerosity that helps make this possible.
It is with deep gratitude that we reflect on past successes and look forward with great excitement to new opportunities. United in prayer, we ask that you join us in giving a gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. It is through our response of gratitude to God that He will continue to bestow many blessing s on the future endeavors of our diocese.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.
Bishop of Peoria
+Most Reverend Louis Tylka
Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria
How is your gift used
Every one of our parishes is the beneficiary of the Annual Diocesan Appeal! The Diocese is the sum total of all the parishes. Thousands upon thousands of Catholics in the Diocese are directly or indirectly served by Diocesan programs and services.
In addition, any money that is paid over the parish's goal is returned to the parish for its own programs and services as extraordinary income.
Pledges to the Annual Diocesan Appeal may be made by contacting your parish.
Payments may be made by check, credit/debit card, direct debit, stock or grain donation, or online.
How much of my gift goes for administrative cost?
The Annual Diocesan Appeal strives to be the best possible stewards of your gifts. Ninety eight cents of every dollar goes directly to the critical work of the schools, parishes, agencies and ministries of the Diocese of Peoria. The Appeal operates at an efficiency of two cents per dollar including all administrative and fundraising expenses.
Are ADA funds used to pay legal fees or settlements from sexual abuse cases?
The Annual Diocesan Appeal supports the work of the Church in the Diocese of Peoria. All funds raised will be used exclusively and solely to support the programs and ministries of the Diocese. No monies donated to the ADA have been or will be used to defray expenses related to misconduct issues.
Will I receive a tax receipt?
Everyone that contributes to the ADA will receive a tax letter in January.
Is there a minimum I need to donate?
There is no minimum. All gifts are gratefully accepted and valued. As stewards, we should take the time to to reflect on our God given gifts of time, talent and treasure. Charitable giving is a reflection of our Christian Stewardship of treasure.
How can I make my gift?
You may make a one-time gift, or pledge over eight months.
Payments may be made by check, credit/debit card, direct debit from your checking/savings account or pay your pledge online. We also accept gifts of stock or grain donation. Please call our office at 390-671-1550 for detailed stock instructions.
History & Purpose
The Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) is the major source of revenue for the ministries and agencies of the Diocese of Peoria. It is these ministries that enable the Church of Peoria, under the direction of Bishop Jenky, to reach across parish boundaries in the areas of Worship/Prayer, Christian Education, Christian Service, and Church Administration, among others.
Until the first Appeal in 1986 the Diocese of Peoria had been financed in part by a tax on parishes. Each parish sent a required assessment to the diocese to fund diocesan services and programs. However, in the final years this assessment was providing less and less of the funding required, and former Bishop Edward W. O'Rourke was faced with the difficult task of substantially increasing the tax on parishes or seeking an alternative.
It is history that Bishop O'Rourke selected the alternative means-- namely, the Annual Diocesan Appeal (formerly called the Annual Stewardship Appeal). By utilizing this annual appeal, the diocese can continue its valuable services while having a minimal effect upon parish incomes. At the same time, the parish tax has been abolished entirely. By comparison, many dioceses today have both an annual appeal and a parish assessment.
A Diocese is, after all, a union of parishes, presided over by a Bishop and organized to fulfill Christ's mission in a given geographical area. While the work of Christ is done chiefly in the parishes, there are many tasks which require the administration and efforts of the larger Church, the Diocese.