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As we mourn the passing of our beloved Bishop DiLorenzo, we reflect on the accomplishments of our Church during his time as the Shepherd of the Diocese. One of the monumental achievements was the historic Living Our Mission campaign which was conducted between 2014 and 2016. It’s design was to light the way to the road ahead and challenge us to look beyond our parish walls and become one true community of the Catholic faithful. Its inspiring success and impact can be articulated in no better way than by Bishop himself in these thoughts he expressed in the first Living Our Mission Annual Report.

“As I reflect on my time as Bishop of Richmond, I think of all we have accomplished together and how our Church has grown in amazing ways. More children and young people are becoming actively engaged in the Church; more people are discerning their call to priesthood, permanent diaconate, and religious life; more families are better able to afford to send their children to Catholic Schools; and more people are getting vital assistance for basic human necessities. Because of the success of the Living Our Mission campaign, I can say with certainty that this growth will continue and our Church will continue to thrive well into the future.”
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                    [post_content] => Saint Bridget School has been forming disciples for Christ and leaders for the Richmond community. The dedication and generosity of staff, parents, parishioners, and alumni have enabled Saint Bridget School to thrive.

To build on our terrific legacy and to fulfill our promise of delivering a great spiritually-grounded education in today’s competitive environment, we purchased and developed plans to restore and renovate the Westhampton Baptist Church campus. Saint Bridget acquired the building for $85,000 in the summer of 2015, and began renovation that fall, a project budget of approximately $6 million. Saint Bridget embarked on their Ignite Campaign raising $2.7 million in donations, $1 million in historic tax credits, and a $2.2 million loan through the Catholic Diocese.

Read more about how this new site provides a dedicated campus for our middle school complete with state-of-the art science labs, a collaboration space, an outdoor classroom, a performing arts center, and more room to learn.  https://tinyurl.com/mc4meps

 

 
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                    [post_content] => During the Living Our Mission capital and endowment campaign, each parish combined their case for support along with the larger Church case for support.  This partnership has allowed parishes to realize profound and long-term benefits.

In March, the Diocese sent a tenth round of funding to the parishes totaling nearly $3.3 million.  In total, over the ten rounds of funding, the Diocese has returned nearly $30 million to be used for important local priorities of parishes.  In total, it is estimated that parishes will receive $65 million of the $104 million raised over the five years of pledge redemption.  Parishes have been using and will use these funds in a variety of ways, including local construction projects, ministries, endowments and debt reduction.

At St. Olaf in Williamsburg, the construction project is much larger in scope.  After many years of planning and hard work, St. Olaf is almost finished on the construction of a new 750 seat church.  Not only is the new church important to meet the needs of the expanding Catholic population in the area, it will also connect with the current parish facilities.  This means the older facilities will be repurposed and will be used for an expansion of critical areas such as adult education, youth and young adult activities and ministry programs in general.

To raise the necessary funds to build the church, St. Olaf partnered with the Living Our Mission campaign in the fall of 2014.  The goal was to raise a very challenging goal of $2.4 million (four-times their annual offertory) over the course of approximately six months.  Under the leadership of Fr. Tom Mattingly, the parish was not only able to hit the goal, but exceed it with nearly half the parish participating (which is extraordinary given the size of the parish).

With this success plus funds from the parish’s savings, St. Olaf began building shortly after the end of their campaign.  Since their groundbreaking on April 1st, 2016, the parish has quickly made progress on building their new church and are aiming for a dedication date in early April.

St. Olaf continues to experience a tremendous level of redemption on pledges made in their campaign.  In addition, the parish has seen a significant increase in offertory and is up by more than $50,000 over the previous year.

By: Alex Previtera, CFRE , Director of Development for the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond
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                    [post_content] => An Excerpt from the Upcoming Living Our Mission Annual Report

 

Parishes are realizing profound and long-term benefits from the Living Our Mission capital and endowment campaign. The parishes will retain the majority of the funds raised, an estimated $64,967,000 of the nearly $103,952,000 raised, or 62.5%. To date, the Diocese has returned over $26,168,831 to the parishes through nine rounds of funding.

Parishes will use these funds in a variety of ways, including local construction projects, ministries, endowments and debt reduction. The key statistics below highlight how parishes are using their Living Our Mission money:
  • 139 parishes plan to use the money raised for construction or repairs
  • 42 parishes will fund ministries and outreach programs
  • 23 parishes are saving for the future by placing funds into endowments
  • 16 parishes allocated funds to reduce debt
Parish Construction and Repair Projects – By The Numbers:
  • $55,432,000 of the money raised is for new construction or repairs to existing buildings (The true impact is even larger. The actual cost of construction in the 139 parishes approaches $77 million.)
  • $9,172,000 is the largest construction project funded by the campaign - - St. Bede, Williamsburg
  • 23 parish construction projects exceed $1 million
  • 13 parishes are building new churches or making significant renovations to worship space
  • 6 parishes addressed emergency repairs to their building
As may be seen from the highlights above, the Living Our Mission campaign is providing critical funding in strategic ways. Income from the larger endowments of the Church provide a stable source of support for our clergy and other ministries which reduces the reliance on parish assessments - - a direct benefit to the parishes.
“If it weren’t for the Living Our Mission campaign, new and/or increased parish assessments would have been needed in order to address these financial challenges,” stated Michael J. McGee, Diocesan Chief Financial Officer.
Overall, this effort has brought about stronger parishes and a stronger Diocese - - better positioned to advance the mission, through Word, Worship, Community and Service.   [post_title] => Strengthening Our Parishes Through the Living Our Mission Campaign [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => strengthening-our-parishes-through-the-living-our-mission-campaign [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-06 16:23:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-06 16:23:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://livingourmission.org/?p=3690 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3686 [post_author] => 9 [post_date] => 2017-02-06 16:17:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-06 16:17:40 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_3687" align="alignnone" width="960"] Pictured from left to right are Lisa Gorton, Kim Chapman, Christa Blomstrom, Joyce Denton, Judy Hopkinson, Alfie Martinez-Coyle, Steve Branning, John Domingo, Bishop DiLorenzo, Lise Mikkelson, Nicole Lancour, Melissa Murtagh, Karen Melendez, Allison Welch and Tiffany Watson. Not pictured but commissioned was Jessica Ann McCoy.[/caption] On June 3, 2016, Bishop DiLorenzo commissioned the first group of lay leaders who completed the requirements for the four-year Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute (LEMI). LEMI Is a comprehensive leadership training program for those who hold catechetical-related ministry leadership positions in the Diocese of Richmond. The purpose of Commissioning is to establish a formal relationship between the lay ecclesial minister and the Bishop, demonstrating to the community that these leaders have the Bishop’s confidence and trust. A Rite of Commissioning was celebrated in the context of a Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. Bishop DiLorenzo was assisted by Msgr. Mark Richard Lane, Vicar General, Msgr. Walter C. Barrett, episcopal Vicar for the eastern Vicariate, and Fr. Michael G. Boehling, Vicar of Vocations. Msgr. Patrick D. Golden, Rector of the Cathedral, and Deacons of the Diocese were also present as part of the procession and as readers.   “These LEMI candidates have shown tremendous commitment and sacrifice,” said Bernadette Harris, Director for the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute. “They’ve spent the past four years studying theology, enhancing ministry skills, and developing a deeper spirituality. In most cases, they’ve accomplished all this while working full time jobs and raising families.” LEMI Is open to Directors of Religious Education, Youth Ministers, RCIA Coordinators, Adult Faith Formation Coordinators, Campus Ministers and Catholic School Teachers of Religion. There are currently 45 lay ministers from across the Diocese enrolled in the LEMI formation program. Bishop DiLorenzo will commission a second group on Saturday, June 10, 2017. 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One of the monumental achievements was the historic Living Our Mission campaign which was conducted between 2014 and 2016. It’s design was to light the way to the road ahead and challenge us to look beyond our parish walls and become one true community of the Catholic faithful. Its inspiring success and impact can be articulated in no better way than by Bishop himself in these thoughts he expressed in the first Living Our Mission Annual Report. “As I reflect on my time as Bishop of Richmond, I think of all we have accomplished together and how our Church has grown in amazing ways. More children and young people are becoming actively engaged in the Church; more people are discerning their call to priesthood, permanent diaconate, and religious life; more families are better able to afford to send their children to Catholic Schools; and more people are getting vital assistance for basic human necessities. 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  As we mourn the passing of our beloved Bishop DiLorenzo, we reflect on the accomplishments of our Church during his time as the Shepherd of the Diocese. One of the monumental achievements was the historic Living Our Mission campaign which was conducted between 2014 and 2016. It’s design was to light the way to…

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Saint Bridget School has been forming disciples for Christ and leaders for the Richmond community. The dedication and generosity of staff, parents, parishioners, and alumni have enabled Saint Bridget School to thrive. To build on our terrific legacy and to fulfill our promise of delivering a great spiritually-grounded education in today’s competitive environment, we purchased…

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During the Living Our Mission capital and endowment campaign, each parish combined their case for support along with the larger Church case for support.  This partnership has allowed parishes to realize profound and long-term benefits. In March, the Diocese sent a tenth round of funding to the parishes totaling nearly $3.3 million.  In total, over…

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An Excerpt from the Upcoming Living Our Mission Annual Report   Parishes are realizing profound and long-term benefits from the Living Our Mission capital and endowment campaign. The parishes will retain the majority of the funds raised, an estimated $64,967,000 of the nearly $103,952,000 raised, or 62.5%. To date, the Diocese has returned over $26,168,831…

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On June 3, 2016, Bishop DiLorenzo commissioned the first group of lay leaders who completed the requirements for the four-year Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute (LEMI). LEMI Is a comprehensive leadership training program for those who hold catechetical-related ministry leadership positions in the Diocese of Richmond. The purpose of Commissioning is to establish a formal relationship…

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