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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 ) [3] => 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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DiLorenzo, the Catholic Community Foundation has created 84 funds and has over $94 million in assets. Read more [post_title] => Catholic Community Foundation Celebrates Two Year Anniversary [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => catholic-community-foundation-celebrates-two-year-anniversary [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-10-18 15:35:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-10-18 15:35:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://livingourmission.org/?p=3660 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3650 [post_author] => 9 [post_date] => 2016-08-26 15:38:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-26 15:38:21 [post_content] => Although the active phase of the Living Our Mission campaign ended in June, many new pledges continue to be received. The progress over the past few months has well-exceeded expectations with the campaign now surpassing $104 million raised. This milestone is marked by an eighth round of parish sharing checks that were recently sent. In this latest round of funding $2,884,000 was returned to the parishes. In total, over the eight rounds beginning in September of 2014, nearly $22 million has been returned for the local priorities of the parishes. Based on current pledges received, the Diocese projects over $60 million ultimately being sent back to the parishes. This success could not have been possible without the tireless support of our pastors, lay leaders and parishioners who came together and generously invested in the future of our Catholic Church. Download the 2016 Summer LOM e-Newsletter [post_title] => Living Our Mission Campaign Progress Update [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => living-our-mission-campaign-progress-update [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-08-26 15:43:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-26 15:43:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://livingourmission.org/?p=3650 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2994 [post_author] => 9 [post_date] => 2015-12-01 17:29:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-12-01 17:29:21 [post_content] => Because of the faithful diligence of pastors, lay leaders, parish staff, and the campaign team, the Living Our Mission Campaign has been a great success. Through the campaign, which began in January 2014, many parishes are funding ministry expansions or long-awaited building projects, such as St. Bede, Willimasburg; St. Olaf, Norge; and St. Catherine of Siena, Clarksville. The Diocese will use its share of the funds raised to ensure that it can take care of retired priests, educate seminarians, and provide funding for the New Evangelization, to name just a few areas of impact. In many cases, pastors, parish staff, and lay leaders have reported that the Living Our Mission Campaign has had a positive pastoral effect on their parish. Parishioners at Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach wanted to share what it has meant to their parish life. The campaign journey is in some ways typical, in which the idea was met with a bit of skepticism from some but ultimately embraced by the majority. The level of enthusiasm, however, at Ascension has been something to behold. graphs: living our  mission progress to date As campaign committee member Tom Steffens told us, When the team from the Diocese first came to pitch the Capital Campaign, I know I sat there with my arms and legs crossed. I was definitely not in the receive mode. But by the time they finished, I realized that what Pope Francis had written about Global Solidarity didn't just mean Asia or South America or Africa, he meant that it starts right here in Virginia. Today, after four months of our Campaign, I truly believe the Spirit stopped by and said: Tom, Wake up!  Vocations, Retired Priests, Health Care for Clergy, Schools, Campus Ministry, Social Justice Programs, and of course, 145 parishes. 145! Who knew? They all touch my life every day. Fr. Daniel Malingumu set the tone on the parish website, As a Parish Family, we join the Psalmist to ponder in our hearts, what return we can make to the Lord (Psalm 116:12). The Living Our Mission Campaign is now here in our home, Church of the Ascension, and we are all called to cherish and embrace it. This is the time for us to strengthen and deepen our faith commitments, and enhance our relationship with the Universal Church. What a wonderful privilege this campaign offers us, allowing us to share what we have for the well-being of the Church. People don't need to ask for proof of what we are doing, it is easily seen by the way we promote social justice, help to alleviate suffering, serve others and foster hope! Fellow Ascension parishioner and campaign co-chair Jim Fowler shared his thoughts as well. Our Living Our Mission journey has not just been about raising money. For me it has been about meeting so many members of our Ascension family. Being present at multiple Masses on weekends has provided an opportunity to meet and get to know many new families. So many special interactions have occurred just about every weekend. Hopefully people have had an opportunity to see the face of Christ in each other as we join to build our Church of the Ascension family up to meet the future that Pope Francis has called us to. The campaign has been an exciting opportunity to tell each other the story of our faith journey. Mr. Fowler continued, The look on people's faces as we began the journey questioned our goal of $1.8M. As they look today and realize we are very much within striking distance to meet and exceed the goal, they begin to understand the real power of community and the generous spirit of Ascension. As Adm. Steffens reflected, We saw giving at some very high levels and some very low levels. Each according to their means. One wonderful lady came up one day and gave us $7.00. It was all she had, but she knew the church needed it. Gulp! Adm. Steffens also pointed out that all 77 ministries at Ascension were engaged. In addition, the parish has seen a jump in new parishioner registrations. Campaign Committee Member Carmen Bojo sums it up by saying, At first, people were intimidated by the goal but by praying together we all gave what we could and were very proud to see that we made a difference. I especially enjoyed talking with people who had not previously registered with the parish who are experiencing Living Our Mission as the first time they really bought into the life of this amazing parish. The Catholic Virginian, 23 November 2015, Volume 91 Number 2 [post_title] => Living Our Mission campaign touches Ascension, Virginia Beach, in a special way [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => living-our-mission-campaign-touches-ascension-virginia-beach-in-a-special-way [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-25 20:21:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-25 20:21:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://livingourmission.org/?p=2994 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2839 [post_author] => 9 [post_date] => 2015-09-30 18:46:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-09-30 18:46:52 [post_content] => When he passed away in September 2014, Edgar Anthony Duffy was just shy of his 102nd birthday. He led a long and fruitful life and left behind a tremendous legacy of faith and generosity that will bear fruit for many generations to come. The Richmond native and former city clerk bequeathed over $4.5 million in gifts to Catholic organizations within the Diocese of Richmond. His gifts to St. Benedict parish in Richmond and the Diocese of Richmond are estimated to be between $1.5 and $1.7 million each. Mr. Duffy also bequeathed part of his estate to Mary Mother of God Abbey, Benedictine College Preparatory, St. Benedict School, All Saints Catholic School, St. Patrick Catholic Church, and the Little Sisters of the Poor. As Barbara McNeace, his caregiver, and Kathleen Judy, his close relative, recall, Mr. Duffy was deeply committed to the faith. They remember him as an exceptionally kind and generous man who prayed before meals, thanked God every night, attended Mass every week, and honored his deceased family by visiting their graves at Mt. Calvary cemetery often. As an adult, he was a devoted parishioner of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Richmond. Deacon Paul Mahefky, who serves St. Benedict Parish and took Holy Communion to Mr. Duffy for the last four years of his life, remarked that Mr. Duffy would always say an Act of Contrition before I gave him Communion. That says everything about him. He was so humble. living mission capaign link to www.livingourmission.org Due to family financial difficulties during the Depression, Mr. Duffy lived with his grandmother as a child and grew up in the Fulton neighborhood attending St. Patrick parish. He graduated from Benedictine College Preparatory in 1930 and, as a cadet, loved the priests and loved playing basketball. In 1943, he joined the Office of the City Clerk as assistant clerk and was eventually promoted to city clerk, serving the city of Richmond over 30 years. As Pat Gilman, a close friend and fellow parishioner at St. Benedict, recalls, Mr. Duffy joined an investment club many years ago and purchased shares in Brown-Forman Corporation, the large spirits company known for Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve. Those shares grew and grew over time and turned into a small fortune by the end of Mr. Duffy's life. That fortune will benefit many Catholics and those they serve throughout the Diocese of Richmond and beyond, especially by supporting Catholic education, St. Benedict parish, and the ministries of the Diocese. Mr. Duffy's $450,000 gift to St. Benedict School, the parish's pre-K-8 school boasting a classical curriculum in the heart of the Museum District, will be used to establish a scholarship endowment in honor of his parents, John and Anne Duffy. Half of his $300,000 gift to All Saints Catholic School was also designated as a scholarship fund, and his generosity to Benedictine College Preparatory will help to ensure that young men continue to benefit from the same formation Mr. Duffy received. Mr. Duffy's sense of gratitude for his Catholic education and his care for the welfare of children make his designation for Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Richmond a great tribute. To honor his request, The Edgar A. Duffy Scholarship Fund will be established, funded by his residuary bequest worth over $1.7 million. The Fund will be managed in the McMahon-Parater Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond. His generosity will also tremendously strengthen St. Benedict Catholic Church. Located on N. Sheppard Street directly across from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the parish entered a partnership in 2011 with the Diocese of Richmond. They purchased the parking lot adjacent to the parish and the priory formerly used by the Benedictines serving Benedictine College Preparatory. The parish will be opening the priory in October 2015. In addition to making this major investment, St. Benedict parish has significant additional capital needs including repairing the church roof, heating and air system, stained glass windows and renovations needed at the school. In a letter addressed to parishioners on August 29, Father Anthony Marques, the pastor, remarks that the needs total $3.2 million and that Mr. Duffy's gift will go a long way toward meeting the parish's capital needs. His gift will anchor a parish-wide campaign to help meet these immediate needs and build a Preservation Fund for future needs. The parish is seeking additional funds to meet other needs through the Living Our Mission campaign, the diocese's first-ever comprehensive capital campaign to fund Catholic education, priest retirement, seminarian education, and other critical needs of the diocese and its parishes. The historic campaign has ushered new life and hope into many parishes not only by addressing diocesan-level needs, but also by the parish-sharing formula at the heart of the campaign. The formula brings a portion of the funds raised back to the local parishes, enabling them to complete long-awaited building projects and fresh ministry initiatives. Through their participation in the campaign, thousands of Catholics throughout the diocese have joined together and made sacrifices to build the future of the Church. So far, donors have pledged over $55 million toward the $65 million goal. The campaign has inspired many Catholics to make bequests, leaving a final legacy of faith, and Mr. Duffy's gift is the largest gift so far received. As Barbara McNeace said, His purpose in life was to give back. By saving and not having many expenses, he was able to do that. He lived a quiet, reserved life of great faith, and he is a shining example of generosity and discipleship for all. Many people throughout the Diocese of Richmond will be very grateful for a long time to come. The Catholic Virginian, 28 September 2015, Volume 90 Number 24 [post_title] => Generosity of Edgar Duffy to Benefit Many Catholic Organizations [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => generosity-of-edgar-duffy-to-benefit-many-catholic-organizations [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-03-18 16:39:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-03-18 16:39:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://livingourmission.org/?p=2839 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2534 [post_author] => 8 [post_date] => 2015-06-10 14:17:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-06-10 14:17:15 [post_content] =>   The Living Our Mission campaign has eclipsed the $40 million mark, with $40,952,710 raised as of May 15.  The remarkable success is due to extraordinary generosity from parishioners in every corner of the Diocese of Richmond, who have made decisions of faith to support their parishes and this diocese.  This historic campaign will better enable the Church to advance its sacred mission by providing funding that can be used directly by the parishes for their own local needs as well as funding for important ministries and initiatives at the Diocesan level, such as caring for retired clergy, supporting programs for youths and young adults, and financing seminarian education. To date, seventy five of the 145 parishes in the Diocese of Richmond have participated in the campaign, which has an overall goal of $65 million.   Many parishes have exceeded their initial goal, and in those cases the majority of the money raised over goal is returned to the parish. Three parishes completing their campaigns this spring, St. Gabriel in Richmond, Good Samaritan in Amelia, and St. Joseph in Petersburg, are excellent examples of inspiring leadership and generous parishioners. At Saint Gabriel and Good Samaritan, Fr. Eric Ayers experienced success early in his campaigns. Good Samaritan, a mission parish located in Amelia, conducted their campaign over a shortened timeframe, and in only a matter of a few weeks, was able to exceed its goal of $27,000. To date, they have raised over $35,000. Fr. was able to accomplish the goal rapidly by bringing together the Hispanic and Anglo populations to accomplish their shared mission. With the funds that will be returned to them, Good Samaritan will be able to provide formation for youth and adult leadership as well as augment their building and grounds fund. The Living Our Mission campaign is helping this small but growing parish develop the next generation of Catholic leaders and continue to provide a welcoming home to those who want to experience the Catholic faith in Amelia. At Saint Gabriel, Fr. Ayers is looking to use the proceeds from the campaign to develop a new pastoral plan for the parish, build their emergency maintenance fund, and pay off their capital debt. Over the past few months, Fr. has conducted a series of one-on-one meetings and gatherings to encourage early pledging to the campaign. The response from these meetings has been tremendous. To date, Saint Gabriel has already exceeded its goal of $689,000 in advance of their participation weekends. Because of this early success, Fr. has decided to set a challenge goal of $900,000 in order to pay off the debt faster as well as help support their youth ministry program full-time. In the Creed at each Sunday Mass we all pray  I believe in the Church, The Living Our Mission Campaign has given people an opportunity to show, in a concrete way, their faith in the Church. I have been overwhelmed with the level of generosity from parishioners, which is a clear indication of their trust in the Church and its leaders, and peoples'  belief in the importance of the mission of the Church at both the Diocesan and parish levels, said Fr. Ayers. With Fr. Brian Capuano's determination and vision, Saint Joseph in Petersburg challenged itself to raise two times their annual offertory through the Living Our Mission campaign.  Saint Joseph is receiving 2/3rds back for anything collected up to their goal and 90% for anything collected over, because they are conducting a larger combined campaign. The main focus of their local case is to finance a new parish hall (the previous one was destroyed in a fire). In addition, they will be able to continue renewing their church and school and build endowments for their church and school. Part way through the campaign Saint Joseph received an incredible gift of $350,000 to establish a tuition endowment for Saint Joseph School. This set the parish up to exceed the initial goal of $702,000, so they set a higher challenge target of $1,000,000 in order to focus on raising the money needed to build the hall. Fr. Brian Capuano has been the model of what it means to be a leader in this campaign.  Since the campaign began, he has inspired people to contribute their best sacrifice in order for the parish to address their local needs while helping meet the larger needs of the Church. From the beginning, Fr. has been calling people himself to bring them in for meetings as well as leading gatherings in parishioners homes to gain support. Because of his enthusiasm, people have risen to his call for support, and the parish has now exceeded their challenge target of $1,000,000. These three parishes, all now over goal -- and still going -- are examples of how every gift counts and can help a parish accomplish its local needs.  Across the expanse of the Diocese, there are many more similar examples  parishes using campaign funds to rebuild after a fire, to build a new church, to make urgent repairs.  In other cases, parishes are using some of their funding to enhance or expand ministries or to begin an endowment to secure their future.  To check the progress of your parish in the campaign or to learn more, please go to www.livingourmission.org. [post_title] => Living Our Mission Campaign Eclipses $40 Million Mark [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => living-our-mission-campaign-eclipses-40-million-mark [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-03-18 16:43:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-03-18 16:43:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://livingourmission.org/?p=2534 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2002 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2014-12-17 01:05:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-12-17 01:05:06 [post_content] => As the Diocese wraps up the first year of the Living Our Mission campaign, many people have come forward to offer pledges of support to this historic effort. To date, $30,909,423 has been raised from 43 of the 145 parishes conducting the campaign in 2014. This puts the Diocese ahead of its base goal of $21,697,000 for these parishes and builds strong momentum towards achieving its overall goal of $65,000,000 by the end of 2015. Parishes across the Diocese are meeting with success in encouraging parishioners to join in this monumental effort to build our future Church. In addition to raising money for major challenges such as strengthening our parishes and schools, rekindling commitment in our younger generations, educating our future priests, training our lay leaders and taking care of our retired priests, parishes will also be meeting their urgent local needs. In the pilot phase, which was conducted in the spring of this year, $14,604,416 was raised from only 14 parishes. In the current wave which was conducted during the second half of the year, parishes of varying sizes and demographics have achieved their goals. Two of these parishes are Good Shepherd in South Hill and The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk. Good Shepherd set out to raise a goal of $82,000 to meet their building needs, because their community has outgrown existing office and classroom space. The plans for the renovation have been developing for some time and the Living Our Mission campaign is allowing the parish to make this goal a reality. With the leadership of Fr. Gerry Kaggwa and the generosity of his parishioners, Good Shepherd exceeded their goal in only a few months. To date, they have raised over $100,000 and the numbers continue to climb. Beyond raising funds for the important needs of the parish, Fr. Kaggwa also spoke about how the Living Our Mission campaign brought their parish community together. The Living Our Mission campaign has helped us make great strides in bringing our Anglo and Latino communities together for a common purpose. Thanks to committed leaders of both communities the campaign has contributed a lot to the positive changes which are taking place in this parish. For sure, we can say that the Living Our Mission Campaign was a success, but the great success in all this is the new found cooperation and enthusiasm about our Church from both communities. This is a good foundation for the future of this parish, said Fr. Kaggwa. The Basilica in Norfolk also has building needs, but on a much larger level. Its parishioners worship in a beautiful, gothic church that has all the potential to become a breath-taking space; but disrepair, storms and old age are taking their toll on the 156 year old building. Their needs are so great that they endeavored to raise $1,000,000 (more than one times their offertory) through Living Our Mission to make needed repairs and updates to their worship space, soup kitchen, parish hall and school building. The key to achieving this goal was the leadership and enthusiasm of the Basilica's pastor, Fr. Jim Curran. He met with over fifty parishioners individually and many more in group settings. He asked every parishioner to pray asking God's discernment to guide them in how they were called to support the campaign. During Mass he prayed for the prosperity of the Basilica, he prayed for the participation of all his parishioners and he asked that each family consider making a sacrificial pledge. Because of his leadership, people responded. To date, 40% of the families at the Basilica have made a sacrificial pledge or gift, bringing their total pledged to just under $1,200,000! The story of the Basilica and Good Shepherd are just two of the many stories about what the Living Our Mission campaign stands for the idea of joining together so our Church can reach far beyond the boundaries of any one parish. By doing so, we are able to share our faith, hope and love with all those who the good Lord calls us to serve. To learn more about the Living Our Mission campaign, please visit www.livingourmission.org. 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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     [post_title] => St. Bridget School Completes Conversion of the Westhampton Baptist Church into a New Middle School [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => st-bridget-school-completes-conversion-of-the-westhampton-baptist-church-into-a-new-middle-school [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-02 15:19:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-02 15:19:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://livingourmission.org/?p=3722 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 13 [max_num_pages] => 2 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => 1 [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => c69f079b69adb941522fd8900cb5fee7 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 1 [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )

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