The Planning Study phase is complete.
Bishop Jenky's primary goal is to provide more opportunities for the people of God to encounter Christ, experience conversion and become more knowledgeable about our Catholic faith. To that end, we must continue to strengthen and build our parishes and enhance faith formation offerings. We must continue to invest in Catholic schools, campus ministries and young adult programs. We must fund our increasing number of vocations to the priesthood. We must invest in our outstanding ministries that offer hope, guidance and comfort to thousands of families here in our diocese. A capital campaign would allow us to invest – in a significant, meaningful way - in our parishes, schools and ministries. Click here to complete an online survey and help us to shape the campaign goals and priorities.
This planning study will help us to gauge support for a capital campaign and the goals that we have proposed. This study will make certain that the Bishop has enough information to make good, prudent decisions on how best to move forward as he works to strengthen our parishes, schools and ministries. Led by the Steier Group, a national fundraising and development firm based in Omaha, the study will give us an objective estimate of how much we can expect to raise through a diocesan capital campaign, while also identifying men and women who are willing to serve as leaders on the campaign. Most important of all, the study will gather all of the thoughts, suggestions or concerns from our priests and strongest supporters to make certain that a campaign would be structured in an efficient and compelling manner for our parishes and our donors.
The planning study is taking place during the months of May, June, and July 2017. Should the study recommend moving forward with a diocesan capital campaign, the preparation phase of that campaign could start as early as August 2017. The silent phase of a diocesan campaign can be expected to take several months, meaning that the first active parish waves of the campaign would begin in early 2018. Parishes would likely be divided into 3-4 waves and would implement the capital campaign over the course of a predetermined six-month block of time.
The campaign would approach every Catholic family in our diocese, as well as many of our non-Catholic donors who support the work we do through our schools and ministries. Everyone would be asked to make a gift payable over three years. While we know the bulk of the money raised for the campaign would come from individual donors, we would also approach foundations and corporations to seek their support. There would be naming and memorial opportunities for donors to designate their gifts and honor their loved ones as well as possibilities for individuals to include the church in their will or estate which would strengthen our parishes, schools and ministries for years to come.
Rooted in Faith commenced in 2004 and was completed in 2008. Through pledges and gifts received in the campaign, we were able to establish three funds that continue to provide financial assistance throughout the Diocese. These funds are:
• The John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship Fund (supporting Catholic Education)
• The Bishop Fulton Sheen Endowment (supporting ongoing faith-formation ministries at the local parishes)
• The Monsignor Duncan Endowment (supporting college campus ministries)
Campaign proceeds were also used to build the new St. Robert Bellarmine Newman Catholic at Illinois State University. Lastly, over $7 million went back to the parishes to address their specific needs.
All parishes would be asked to participate in the capital campaign. The capital campaign plan would include designating funds that can be used by every parish in the diocese to address their own specific needs. Each parish is free to determine the best use of those campaign funds. Diocesan campaign staff would work with your pastor and parish leadership team to design and implement a six-month campaign plan for your parish. The six-month campaign plan would take place in early 2018, and could be as late as the mid-2019. The campaign plan for each parish would involve building a parish leadership team, distributing campaign materials, communicating the campaign goals through pulpit and bulletin announcements and actively asking all parishioners to pray for the success of the campaign and pledge their support. The diocese would be flexible to the unique needs and challenges at each parish while making sure that we offer every parish family multiple opportunities to participate in the campaign.
Yes. It is important that we do this right and stay on schedule. The diocese has partnered with the Steier Group, a professional firm based in Omaha that has designed and led successful studies and campaigns for many other dioceses across the country. The Steier Group will provide Bishop Jenky with an objective study of campaign readiness, an assessment of the attitudes toward the proposed goals, an analysis of how much could be raised through a capital campaign, and specific recommendations on how best to move forward.
Absolutely. Any parish or school that would like to “piggyback” their own capital campaign with the diocesan campaign is encouraged to seek permission from the Bishop to do so. Combined campaigns can offer parishes the ability to benefit from the strong communications effort and campaign infrastructure built by the diocese while also giving parishes the flexibility and initiative to tackle their own capital needs. Professional counsel would be available at a discounted cost to parishes that choose to run combined campaigns. For more information on how your parish or school can receive permission to run a combined campaign, contact Bill Engelbrecht at email@example.com or (309) 677-7093.
Yes. Part of the planning study process is to identify any additional goals or needs that should be included as part of the Diocesan campaign. Click here to complete an online survey and your thoughts with us.
While we are not actively soliciting gifts on behalf of the campaign because campaign goals and structures are still being determined, we are always willing to accept donations in support of our Catholic parishes, schools and ministries. If you have a desire to make a donation today, please contact Bill Engelbrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 677-7093.
Click here to complete an online survey and indicate that you are willing to serve as a donor and/or parish leader during the campaign. At the same time, please share your thoughts with us on the proposed campaign goals and offer your suggestions on how best to structure the campaign to support our parishes, schools and ministries.