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Gratitude Expressed for Special Collections

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Three national organizations have expressed their gratitude to the Diocese of Raleigh for its generous response to special collections recently conducted in parishes.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development received $81,866.04; the 2008 Catholic Home Missions Appeal contribution totaled $91,445.18; and the Retirement Fund for Religious received $188,005.13.

In a letter to Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Sister Janice Bader, CCPS, Executive Director of the Retirement Fund, noted how the Diocesan contributions for all the years of the collection from the Diocese of Raleigh total $3,311,511.85. “You can surely rely on the prayer of the over 37,000 religious now over the age of 70 and the ever increasing numbers of religious who will be retiring very soon,” Sister Bader wrote.

Bishop Michael W. Warfel, Chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions, expressed thanks noting that the donations for the appeal help small dioceses without significant reserves to carry on their mission of serving their people, evangelizing and training future priests.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development also expressed appreciation for the ongoing support of the Diocese. The Campaign is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Bishops.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops supports 12 national collections each year with each year to support the Church’s work of social justice, evangelization, education and national and local institutional development, at home and abroad. Learn more about the national collections at the USCCB web site.