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The Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection for the Diocese of Tucson greatly appreciates the generosity of The Catholic Foundation, the donors and all who contribute to the Annual Catholic Appeal.

We are excited to partner with Circle of Grace to provide a current, timely, personal safety training for over 27,000 children and youth (k-12). The Catholic Foundation has generously provided $15,000 to assist with making this program available at no costs to locations, parishes and schools.

Rachel Guzman - Program Manager for Safe Environment

Community Outreach Caring for the Poor and Vulnerable

The Appeal helps a vibrant network of dedicated Catholic social service programs that provide countless good works every day - each time a senior receives the care, love, and compassion they deserve, a family has a breakthrough, a marginalized person rebuilds a life of dignity, and a child finds safety and hope.
The work of Catholic Community Services spans most geographic areas of our Diocese. The generosity of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson makes possible our valued actions that we frame as the Gospel in Matthew 25: “I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me”. The Foundation supported important requests such as bibles and rosaries for people in prison, facility support for housing programs serving children and families, people with disabilities, visitation for people in care facilities, and women experiencing violence. We are grateful that the Foundation is walking side by side with CCS and those we have the blessing to serve.
Peg Harmon, M.S. - CEO, Catholic Community Services

Seminarian and Clergy Support

The Annual Catholic Appeal provides critical support to offset the rising cost of education for seminarians currently in formation to serve as priests in our diocese. Also funded are the programs that provide continuing education for clergy, deaconate formation and lay ministers.
…I’m writing to tell you that without the Annual Catholic Appeal, I would not be a newly ordained priest today. As you can imagine, the cost of forming seminarians into priests is not low. Each year, our Diocese uses the ACA to help pay for room & board, academic, pastoral, personal, and spiritual formation of all of our Tucson seminarians. Depending upon location, one year of seminary can cost as much as $35,000 annually. But I can tell you from my experience at Mundelein Seminary (from which I graduated just two months ago) that it’s worth every single dollar. Providing our Church with the well-formed priests we truly need requires well-maintained facilities, top quality academic and formation faculty, and many other programs which supplement seminarians’ development toward fruitful full-time ministry….

Yours in Jesus through Mary,

Fr. Tom Quirk

Evangelization: Sharing the Joy of the Gospel with Others and Teaching Our Youth the Rich Faith Traditions of Our Church

Ensuring that the faith of our youth and young adults is fortified with rich Catholic traditions is important to the foundation and future of the Church. The Appeal supports programs and ministries where the faithful and those who wish to join our faith are guided at a deeper and more spiritual level. Evangelization goes hand-in-hand with the efforts of all the ministries of the Church; this includes the detention ministry and outreach to the community. Our acts of charity should never be separated from hope, love and faith.
The Corporate Work Study Program is a critical component of the student experience at San Miguel High School, which involves placing our students in work-study experiences that match our students’ skill sets and interests. Thanks to our recent $15,000 grant from the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson, San Miguel will be able to offset the cost of a handicapped accessible van that will provide all of our students the same opportunity to benefit from their work-study experience.
David L. Mason - President & CEO, San Miguel High School
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