Annual Diocesan Appeal 2020
“Divine Revelation is the way that Almighty God personally invites us to know, love, and serve Him.” That is the first line of my Festival Letter this year, The Real Presence, and also the theme to this year’s Annual Diocesan Appeal—to Know God, to Love God, and to Serve God.
When you support the Annual Diocesan Appeal, not only do you support the Diocese, but you also support your parishes, schools, and communities. You enable everyone to grow in knowing, loving, and serving God. We are helping one another on our journey to be with God for eternity.
Thanks to your generosity, I believe that the Catholic Diocese of Peoria is alive in the practice of knowing, loving, and serving our good God. I thank you and I bless you for your prayerful gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal this year.
+Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.
Bishop of Peoria
Each year the Diocese hosts several events and programs to help people grow in a deeper relationship with God not only individually but as a faith community through the funding of the ADA. Sometimes attending one of these events is life altering, sometimes it’s a gentle nudge from God and sometimes it’s simply a seed planted for the Holy Spirit to grow. Some of these include
- Fourth Watch
- Thirsting in Truth
- Men’s March
- Youth Rally
- Abide in Me
- Diocesan Respect Life Conference
It is in knowing God,
not merely knowing about him,
that love grows in you.
Every couple who gets married in the Catholic Church goes through marriage preparation with their priest and attends diocesan programs that are supported by ADA dollars, such as Pre-Cana, Christian Sexuality, or an NFP series. In this year’s ADA video, you will meet Joe and Mary Anne, a couple from the Quad Cities, and hear about their journey of how they came to know God more deeply in their marriage. As a result, they have responded by becoming facilitators to these marriage prep programs. They share how the young couples they work with have indicated that “not only are their relationships with one another transformed, but also their relationships with God.”
As our love of God grows,
we are transcended from loving through our human abilities
to allowing God to love through us.
One of our dreams from last year was to have a Catholic Charities mobile pantry to go and serve those in need throughout the entire Diocese, and that is now a reality through your generosity to the ADA. The mobile pantry works in conjunction with parishes to provide corporal and spiritual needs such as food, clothing, blankets, schools supplies, prayer, counseling, and most importantly, the love of God. Jennifer, a single mom from Rantoul, is trying to make ends meet while also caring for her elderly aunt. The mobile pantry has helped meet the basic needs of her family, but even more wonderful is how, through the invitation to pray with her, her faith has been renewed and she has been given hope. Since the mobile pantry has become a reality this past year, more than 200 families have been served, and this outreach continues to grow.
Serve one another through love.
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 are the Funds 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. (Click image below to enlarge.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I contribute to the ADA?
From the Gospel of Matthew we learned, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” The work of the Church in every one of our 156 parishes, schools and college Newman Centers, is to bring all souls closer to Christ. Quite frankly, the Church needs your financial support in order to accomplish its mission.
How much of my gift goes for administrative cost?
The Annual Diocesan Appeal strives to be the best possible stewards of your gifts. Ninety seven 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 three 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 for detailed stock instructions at 309-671-1550.
Gift plans to consider when making your pledge:
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.