Countless people served through generous support of 2018 BLA

The theme for the 2018 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA) “Living in Faith — Giving in Gratitude” was exemplified through the tremendous outpouring of support from 43,500+ parish households who responded to the appeal with pledges totaling more than $19,600,000 to assist countless people across our diocese. Thank you to all who participated.

2018 BLA pie chart

The Bishop’s Lenten Appeal supports and assists 70 parishes, 6 missions, 45 Catholic schools, more than 4,000 parish, school and diocesan employees and hundreds of thousands of parishioners throughout the diocese. Programs and ministries that will receive funding from the BLA include the following listed above.

*Donations to the BLA are treated as restricted gifts and for the sole benefit of the programs, offices and ministries outlined in the pie chart.

“The Diocese of Arlington is blessed with many individuals and families that care deeply for the Church’s mission and charitable works.” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. “I am most grateful for their generosity, which will help sustain our vital diocesan ministries and programs and reflect the Light of Christ in our midst.”

All BLA donations are treated as restricted gifts and are allocated for the sole benefit of the programs and ministries outlined in the appeal materials. The BLA ensures that the diocese will continue to be served by dedicated priests, religious and lay persons who carry out the pastoral programs and ministries of our parishes and the diocese. The BLA funds an array of important ministries and offices including: Vocations, Catholic Charities, Catholic Schools, Religious Education, Youth/Young Adult and Campus Ministries, Family and Respect Life, Multicultural Ministries, the Spanish Apostolate and many others.

The 2019 BLA mailing will be sent at the end of January to 110,000 households in our diocese and will feature the theme, “Together in the Light of Christ.” The 2019 BLA seeks prayerful reflection and support from all parishioners to continue the works of charity and outreach funded by this critical appeal. For more information, please contact the BLA office at 703/841-2570.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019