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Countless people served through the generous support of the 2017 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal

The theme for the 2017 Bishop’s Lenten Appeal (BLA), “Offering Hands to Serve and Hearts to Love,” was exemplified through the tremendous outpouring of support from more than 44,000 parish households that responded to the appeal with pledges totaling more than $18,750,000 to assist countless people across our diocese.

“I am uplifted and inspired by the kindness of the faithful throughout the diocese as reflected in  our annual diocesan appeal,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. “Their generosity makes it possible to reach out to the peripheries of our diocese and bring the mercy and compassion of God and the truth of the Gospel! I pray that each person who gives to the BLA knows of my sincere appreciation for all of your goodness.”

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 parishes and the diocese. Donations to the BLA support an array of important ministries and offices, including: Vocations, Catholic Charities, Catholic Schools, Religious Education, Youth Ministry, Family Life and many others. See the Diocesan Annual Report in next week’s edition of the Catholic Herald for a list of all programs and ministries funded by the BLA.

Furthermore, the diocese was blessed to receive a challenge gift, which matched increases in 2017 BLA pledges with an equal donation of up to $400,000. More than a third of the households who participated in the 2017 BLA increased their gift, which helped the diocese to achieve the full amount of the challenge gift. This additional $400,000 was directed to the Catholic Charities Endowment and the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Endowment, which together assist hundreds of needy families each year.

The 2018 BLA mailing will be sent to 115,000 households in the diocese in mid-January and will feature the theme “Living in Faith + Giving in Gratitude.” The 2018 BLA will seek prayerful reflection and support from all parishioners to continue the works of charity and outreach funded by this critical appeal.

Find out more

Contact the BLA office at 703/841-2570.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017