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Bishop’s Appeal 2019

What does it mean to “participate”?  The definition is simple; it means to “take part.”  But, in reality, is it a simple task – to seek participation?  That is what Bishop Murry is asking everyone to do in this year’s Annual Bishop’s Appeal.  He is asking all diocesan families to join us, engage with us and to participate in this very important annual appeal by completing a participation card and returning it.

There are 66,028 registered Catholic households within our diocese.  However, last year, there were slightly over 17,000 participating in the Annual Bishop’s Appeal.  That is 26 percent.  If the Diocese of Youngstown is to sustain all of our important ministries we need every household within our Diocese to participate.

Consider our diocese without enough funding to sustain all programming CTNY provides, without all of the important faith formation provided by the Office of Religious Education, without all of the ministries provided by the Office of Evangelization and without enough funds to serve all who seek our assistance.  What if Catholic Charities agencies throughout our diocese had to limit the amount of services they provide?  More families would go without food, shelter and other daily necessities.

To read about all of the ministries supported by the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, you can visit our website,  The goal of this appeal is to have 100% participation from our diocesan family; however, there is a financial need.  We need to raise $4.2 million dollars to sustain our programs and ministries throughout the diocese.

The diocese exists to provide food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, opportunities to deepen and strengthen our faith; and for our youth to live as committed disciples in a challenging world.

Bishop Murry is asking for support of the appeal by encouraging people to participate in three ways:  pray, donate and/or volunteer.  “These gifts of time, talent and treasure allow us to extend the ministry of Jesus Christ each and every day to all who need our help, and I am personally grateful and humbled by your generosity,” Bishop Murry wrote.

You can read real stories about people living in poverty, learn the facts about ministries provided throughout our communities and neighborhoods, understand the importance of these ministries and how being available to serve people truly makes a difference.  You can get information on the website,, from our various publications, or from our social media pages.

There are three ways to take action and support the Annual Bishop’s Appeal. We can take time to pray about the difficulties many within our diocese face and for the many ministries that exist to alleviate these problems.  We PRAY for solutions. Prayer can open our eyes to our responsibilities and our hearts to solutions.  Millions of people throughout the United States and the world are struggling.   We can pray that God will enlighten us as to how we can best assist those in need.

You can spread the word about our ministries within your faith communities and give some of your time or resources to your local parish or other diocesan ministry.  Contact Nikole Baringer in the Office for Social Concerns ( to find out all of the ways you can VOLUNTEER.  It takes all of us working together to make a change.

Finally, you can DONATE to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal.  To make a donation, you can go on-line or send in your payment with the participation card received in the mail or at your parish.

At this time of year, as we celebrate the Easter Season, we remember the sacrifices that Jesus made for us.  Please consider sharing your blessings with others by participating in the Annual Bishop’s Appeal.  We are truly grateful for our entire diocesan family and thank you for giving us the opportunity to be able to provide help to our brothers and sisters in need.  Without you, we would not be able to provide all of the ministries within our diocese that offer a life line to those most in need.

We are also thankful for the work we do, for the dedication of our staff members and volunteers, for our parishes, and for all involved in the programs and services we offer to those we serve in the name of the Church.

Remember to join us as we pray, donate and volunteer to ensure the well-being of others.  Be assured of our prayers to you and your families as share the joy of this Easter Season.


– Nikole Baringer, Grants and Projects Coordinator



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