May 22, 2010 – Archdiocese of Milwaukee Projects Total of $94.3 million as Faith in Our Future Campaign Concludes

On May 23, 2010, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee held the final Celebration Mass for the Faith In Our Future campaign. O’Meara Ferguson Sr. Executive Consultant, Howard Craig, joined members of the campaign steering committee, trustees and parish campaign chairs at the mass celebrated by Archbishop Jerome Listecki at the Cathedral in Milwaukee.

Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee raises $46 million – additional $48 million in pledges expected in next 3 years

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – May 22, 2010

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee and its parishes have raised $46 million, nearly half of the $105 million goal set for the local church’s largest capital campaign ever, and another $48.3 million in pledges to be fulfilled over the next three years, the archdiocese is expected to announce Sunday.

In all, the church is projecting to raise $94.3 million, or 90% of its goal, a feat archdiocese officials described as extraordinary in the economic downturn and with the sex-abuse scandal and other issues facing the church.

“It’s staggering to think that could be raised at a time when the economy is so strapped,” said Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki. It shows, he said, “a tremendous confidence in the church.”

The archdiocese will announce the final numbers for the official close of the three-year run of the campaign at a special Mass at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Parishes around the archdiocese have been invited to join in with their own Masses of thanksgiving.

Some congregations will continue to solicit pledges, and commitments in hand would be fulfilled over the next three years.

Former Archbishop Timothy Dolan, now archbishop of New York, launched the Faith in Our Future campaign in the summer of 2007 with an emphasis on bolstering the 127 Catholic schools in the 10-county archdiocese and enhancing faith formation for children and adults.

Some had questioned whether it was an effort to raise funds to finance potential judgments in looming sex-abuse lawsuits, which the church has said could bankrupt it. While the proceeds may ensure that Catholic education and faith formation would continue to be funded in the event of a bankruptcy, the church has said campaign proceeds are placed into a trust that cannot be tapped to fund litigation or settlements …

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