Annual Diocesan Appeal 2017
Making a gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal
Pledges to the Annual Diocesan Appeal may be made by contacting your parish, or for more information, contact the Office of Development and Stewardship (309) 671-1550.
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 will be returned to the parish for its own programs and services. The following are some examples of the benefits of the Diocesan Annual Appeal.
The goal for the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal is $6,403,000.
The Annual Diocesan Appeal is the yearly campaign that supports all the work that Christ has asked us to do in serving our fellow brothers and sisters here in the Diocese of Peoria. It includes ministries that bring comfort to our seniors, food and shelter to those in need, education to all who desire to join the Catholic Faith, training to our young seminarians, Pre-Cana for engaged couples, adult faith formation, and importantly, leadership in our schools so that the next generation will carry on the Catholic Faith that we so lovingly cherish. Every individual is prayerfully asked for his or her financial support.
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 160 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?
Tax receipts are sent to anyone who gives a gift of $250 or more, which is required by the IRS. It is always wise to keep receipts of your charitable giving for audit purposes. Parishioners are welcome to call the Development Office to request a tax letter for contributions under $250.
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 six 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.
History and 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.