July 2, 2015
July 2, 2015, WORCESTER, MA –The Office of Development for the Diocese of Worcester, which oversees the annual Partners in Charity Appeal, announced that as of July 1st it has raised 4,663,170 or 93% of its $5Million goal. Efforts over the coming month will continue to be focused on reaching goal. The annual appeal funds dozens of educational, pastoral and charitable programs of the diocese, all of which benefit tens of thousands of people each year.
“We continue to be optimistic that we will reach our goal,” said Michael Gillespie, director of development for the Diocese of Worcester. “There are still over 4,000 families and individuals who have yet to make a donation this year which donated last year and in previous years. Our efforts at this point are focused on reaching out to them to ask for their continued support.”
The annual appeal has been conducted since the early 1960s when Bishop Flanagan started what was then called the “Bishop’s Fund.” A few years after Bishop McManus began as the Bishop of Worcester, he renamed it Partners in Charity in order to underscore its true mission. As he explained at the time, these programs both complement and supplement what is happening in parishes and area Catholic institutions. The appeal and its objective to serve people through pastoral, educational and charitable ministries succeeds because of the continued generosity of area Catholics who recognize that they are part of the mission of the Church by virtue of their baptism.
A complete list of agencies supported by this appeal, along with an online video appeal, can be found at www.partners-charity.net. Local Catholics and anyone who supports the work of these agencies and ministries can make a secure online donation directly from that site.
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