SAU CFDD
Aug 262010
 

The $22 million pledged to the Diocese of Davenport’s capital campaign will fund:   

• Strengthening the diocesan Church — $4 million of the money raised goes toward purchase and modest renovation of the St. Vincent Pastoral Center (the chancery) and a small, attached acreage from St. Ambrose University. The chancery houses administrative services that keep the diocese functioning and provides housing for retired priests and priests who serve in the building.

• Supporting clergy and seminarians — $1.7 million goes toward assisting with the costs of the seminarians’ education, financially supporting seminarians in need of health insurance and supplementing Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) funds to further promote vocations by providing increased marketing.

• Diocesan Operations Fund — $4 million to provide monies for any unexpected circumstances. It will serve as an additional source of income for the diocese, as the Annual Diocesan Appeal is the primary source currently. The availability of this fund will allow the diocese to budget more consistently over a long period of time.

• Health care for priests unable to minister — $2 million goes toward assisting priests whose ability to minister may be impaired by physical, psychological, emotional or spiritual difficulties so they can return to ministry.

• Deacon formation — $500,000 goes toward the deacon formation program to assist in covering the costs incurred by the diocese during training. This fund will also allow the diocese to form more than one class simultaneously. Timing of these classes is to begin every three years. 

• Reaching out to the people of the diocese — $1.5 million goes toward two areas: Office of Social Action and establishment of Catholic Charities. The Social Action Office is focused on the two feet of ministry — sustained institutional change to solve long-term needs (social justice) and direct services to meet immediate needs of people (Catholic Charities). Through Catholic Charities, the diocese can better develop a network of services to meet the direct needs of the communities it serves.

• Office of Faith Formation — $1 million will go toward expanding and passing on the faith to parishioners. The Office of Faith Formation provides support and guidance to leaders in parishes and schools through such activities as ministry formation, Catholic school in-service, youth ministry, marriage preparation, baptism and confirmation preparation.

• Catholic schools — $2 million goes toward additional support and maintenance in Catholic schools. Income from collected funds will be distributed to schools on a per capita basis.

• Cathedral renovation and maintenance — $900,000 goes toward renovations that are needed at Sacred Heart Cathedral, the “Mother Church” of the diocese.

• Parish sharing — $4.4 million goes toward the needs of parishes. The campaign has been designed to return 20 percent of the cash funds received up to the parish target and 50 percent of any overage. The needs of the parishes may include building expansion, repairs and renovations, parish endowments, debt relief or a base funding for parish ministries.

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