The 2020 theme for the Annual Diocesan Appeal is, ‘Encountering Christ – Faith in Action.’ One of the constant themes of Pope Francis in his preaching and exhortations is our call to become ‘missionary disciples.’ That term has two distinct, but complementary, elements to it: following Christ as his disciples and being sent to witness to God’s love, truth, and beauty. So, too, does our 2020 theme bear these two important elements: encountering Christ and putting faith into action.
Here are more ways the Annual Diocesan Appeal has helped in the last year.
The Youth & Young Adult Ministries Office believes in the young Church of our local communities and works to advance ministry to youth and young adults through advocacy and leadership development. The office also organizes direct service to the young Church by organizing diocesan retreat programs for middle school youth, high school teens, and young adults in their 20’s and 30’s. They promote Catholic Scouting programs throughout the diocese and sponsor the annual awards banquet “Saints in the City” to honor young disciples in our parishes and schools.
The ADA funds the education and development of our eleven seminarians who are attending Our Lady of the Lake Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Your support allows these men to focus on formation, education, and spiritual growth on their path to ordination.