As of February 15, 2013, Diocesan faithful have pledged over $55 million dollars in support of the Cathedral Campus Campaign, with many parishes continuing their efforts to reach or surpass their good faith goals.
Three parishes will begin their campaigns early this year. St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary, St. Ann Church in Clayton and Holy Redeemer by the Sea in Kill Devil Hills will be conducting “piggyback” campaigns, combining the Cathedral Campaign with specific needs of their parishes. Their respective Cathedral Campaign goals include their assigned 2012 and 2013 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
When completed, the success of the Cathedral Campus Campaign will be due to the faithful in the Diocese who supported the project with their generous donations and prayers. Hundreds of individuals will have spent thousands of hours in support of the project on the parish level as well as on the Diocesan level. Many volunteers have expressed gratitude for being asked to assist with the Campaign.
Many have found it to be spiritually enriching.
Kevin Green, a parishioner at Sacred Heart Cathedral, is a member of the parish Steering Committee. He described the ongoing experience as “enlightening and rewarding.” He said when the Bishop asked him to serve he didn’t hesitate and welcomed the opportunity.
“Being a member of the Steering Committee gave me a clearer insight into the inner workings of the Church,” Kevin said. “When I heard that we had surpassed the $50 million mark, that was a moment of elation. I’m thankful for being asked to be part of this important project.”
Ms. Elisabeth Pfohl Sasser, a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh, echoed Kevin Green’s gratitude. “I feel fortunate to have been asked to serve and to contribute to this historic project,” Elisabeth said. “The diversity, commitment and capabilities represented on the Building Committee and the devotion of those who have served on it to do what is truly in the best interest of the faithful are what I will remember most from my participation.”
Fr. Carlos Arce, Vicar for Hispanic Ministry, said he is very pleased with the financial response from the Hispanic parishes. “Many of them have participated in the construction of little chapels and large churches in their countries of origin. They know the satisfaction of contributing to the work of the Lord,” Fr. Arce said.
“I remember one family who said that when they came on the way to this country through the desert, they promised God they would support the Church so that more people would come to know Him. They recognize that this is the call to serve the Lord.”