Capital campaign announced for $15 millionSpringfield MO
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Endowments to augment youth, seminarians, retired priests
After reviewing the results of a recent feasibility study conducted in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Bp. James V. Johnston, Jr., approved a proposal to conduct a diocesan-wide capital campaign for $15 million. The campaign is titled, “Grateful for Our Past … Preparing for Our Future.” The purpose of the campaign is to augment existing endowments for preparing future priests for the Diocese and priest retirement, and to establish a new endowment for youth formation.
“This is a key moment in our diocese’s history,” said Bp. Johnston. “As we prepare to celebrate 60 years as a diocese [in 2016], we begin to realize that our response to critical needs in the present will have a huge impact for decades to come. “
The bishop announced his decision in a letter addressed to all priests on July 1, 2015. Prior to reaching his decision, Bp. Johnston shared the results of the feasibility study with members of the Presbyteral Council, the Diocesan Pastoral Council, and the diocesan staff.
In his letter to the priests, the bishop cited the following reasons to launch the campaign:
♦ There are unavoidable, critical needs that would be met by a campaign;
♦ These needs are positive, hope-filled, and future-oriented;
♦ Timing: The campaign will be the first in the history of our diocese and it coincides with our 60th anniversary;
♦ The campaign will build on the positive momentum of our Mutually Shared Vision, leading to the more active, spiritual, and financial engagement of the faithful of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.
The campaign theme, Grateful for Our Past … Preparing for Our Future, was selected because it shows gratitude to the generations of parishioners, religious, and clergy who have advanced the mission and vision of the diocese, and our own willingness and responsibility to prepare for its future.
Shortly after announcing the campaign, Bp. Johnston established a seven-member Priests Committee to provide advice on the organization and implementation of the campaign.
Fr. David Hulshof, pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau, has agreed to be Coordinator of the Priests Committee.
“I am pleased to be part of a Priests Committee responding to the ministerial and financial needs of our diocese,” Fr. Hulshof said. “We live in an exceptional diocese of people who are dear to me.”
Other members of the Priests Committee include: Fr. Shoby Chettiyath, Fr. John (J.) Friedel, Fr. Rick Jones, Fr. Fergus Monaghan, Msgr. Thomas Reidy, chancellor of the diocese, and Fr. Allan Saunders.
“I am grateful for the men who serve on the Priests Committee,” Bp. Johnston said. “They command the respect of their brother priests and the laity. Their participation and advice will be instrumental to the success of our campaign.”
“We [Catholics] are a sizable minority in southern Missouri, so we have to focus our efforts as a Church to be an effective presence of the Lord,” Msgr. Reidy said. “If it were up to each one of us individually, I wonder how effective we could be? However, as Catholics of southern Missouri, we can pull together and do great things for God.”
The diocesan Priests Committee met in August and again Sept. 29 in St. John Vianney Parish, Mountain View, and made recommendations to Bp. Johnston regarding campaign policies and procedures, the capital campaign case statement, and the importance of maintaining the annual Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) during the course of the campaign.
In light of Bp. Johnston’s appointment as the new bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, the Priests Committee reached consensus that the campaign must move forward with the same focus and resolve that existed during his tenure because of the urgency of the needs.
“We have an exciting opportunity to work with each other, from east to west, and to move successfully forward, better prepared than ever to meet the increasing and changing needs in the diocese,” Bp. Johnston said.
The capital campaign will utilize a phased approach including: planning and organization, leadership gifts, and a parish phase. Campaign organization will take roughly five or six months. The parish phase of the campaign will take place in early 2016.
“Our future is bright and full of hope,” Bp. Johnston said. “Now is our opportunity to prepare our Church for the generations to come.”
For more information on the capital campaign, contact Gene Aug, firstname.lastname@example.org, (417) 866-0841.
Read the Capital Campaign Case Statement here.
Capital Campaign video (English)
Capital Campaign video (Spanish)