Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In 2016, we touched the lives of more than 30,000 people across the diocese through social services ministries. Evangelization and faith formation efforts helped us celebrate 759 First Communions and 709 Confirmations. Parishes and affiliated organizations received nearly $100,000 through DRF grants.
Sharing the love of Jesus to others through the ministries of the diocese is made possible due to you and your pastor vigorously embracing our annual appeal. Last year we saw a major increase in those of you participating and your gifts to the appeal increased by 74 percent over the year before. This led to parishes receiving rebate checks to further invest back into the kingdom of God.
I come to the good people of the Diocese of Owensboro again this year to invite your response to the needs of the Catholic Church and the people we serve. The diocese funds its good works through the generosity of faithful Catholics like you to the Disciples Response Fund and the support of all the parishes. Your gift to the 2017 DRF will make possible so many good works.
My prayer is that we, as a faithful community, may reflect on what God has given us and return a generous portion of those gifts to help in the work of our Diocese and our parishes.
Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend William F. Medley
Bishop for the Diocese of Owensboro