Annual Catholic Appeal
"With Your Help, We Work Wonders"

This year's theme evokes what this annual outpouring of charitable giving is all about. From its inception, the Annual Catholic Appeal, formerly known as the Bishop's Appeal, has been the main stream of mercy and wonder in our Diocese; building up the faith, empowering the ministries of our Church to put the Gospel into action, and touching the lives of thousands in wondrous, meaningful ways.

With a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal, the virtue of mercy is shown by helping:

  • Feed the hungry
  • Clothe the needy
  • Provide a presence of Christ in hospitals, schools and prisons
  • Strengthen parishes throughout our Diocese
  • Provide funding for social outreach programs
  • Help retired priests and help educate future priests
  • Plus, countless other programs and services throughout the Diocese of Tucson 

The goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is to raise $3,850,000. The Annual Catholic Appeal provides almost half of the total projected budget for all Diocesan offices and ministries. Below is a listing of the charities and ministries that receive funding from the Annual Catholic Appeal.

2015 ACA Pie Chart


Pastoral Ministries & Services Vocations to Priesthood & Seminarian Education
Catholic Community Services Grants to Needy Parishes & Catholic Affiliates
Diocesan Outreach Responsibilities Priest Retirement & Assistance
Catholic Schools  


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The best way this extraordinary amount of money can be raised is to encourage people to pledge a certain amount and then pay it over several months. All payments must be received no later than December 31, 2017 to be counted in the 2017 Campaign. The Annual Catholic Appeal is the primary way by which the Diocese raises money for its charities and ministries.

Donations to the ACA are RESTRICTED gifts to be used in support of its charities and ministries ONLY and are NOT used to satisfy other Church obligations. The Catholic Foundation is a separately incorporated 501(c)3 entity with a board of directors that oversees the allocation and distribution of donations to the ACA. 



Daily ACA Progress Report


Kenneth Hontz
Annual Catholic Appeal Development Associate

Suzanne V. Hopkins
Annual Catholic Appeal Manager

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