Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This year’s Disciples Response Fund (DRF) annual appeal focuses on the instruction from Pope Francis, “Open your hearts to the mercy of Jesus.”
The 2016 annual appeal has set a goal of $600,000 to help support the ministries and work of the Diocese of Owensboro. This work cannot be accomplished by any single parish.
Gifts to this year’s DRF appeal will fund ministries that support the spiritual and corporal works of mercy such as, counseling the doubtful, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and more. The appeal also supports the healthcare and retirement for our diocesan priests who have spent their lives bringing the sacraments to the people of our diocese. The DRF provides funding for the education and spiritual formation of our seminarians and supports the education of our young people through the work of the religious education programs of our diocese.
This year, all of the parishes have been assigned a voluntary target. When your parish exceeds its target in DRF funds received, 50% of any additional funds will be returned to your parish for use in its ministry.
I ask you to prayerfully consider giving to this appeal. It directly benefits parishes, ministries and families in our diocese. By working together we can and will open our hearts to the mercy of Jesus.
Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend William F. Medley
Bishop for the Diocese of Owensboro