Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Diocesan Development Fund (DDF)
2023 Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) campaign — Bishop’s Annual Appeal
“…By the Eucharistic celebration we already unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life,
when God will be All in all” (CCC 1326).
‘One Bread. One Body. One Church.’
With these words of our 2023 theme, we express the unity of our diocese, rooted in the Eucharist and the Sacramental Life of the Church. During this time of Eucharistic Revival called for by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I, like every other bishop, am privileged to gather with each one of you at the altar of our parishes and missions for the celebration of Holy Mass.
Every member of the diocese is part of the Body of Christ. Every member has something to contribute. To quote from Pope Benedict XVI, “Each of us is necessary!” If someone is missing from the Sunday celebration of Holy Mass, we are weaker, the Body of Christ is weaker. When we choose to participate in Holy Mass, we are that much stronger.
As we begin our annual campaign, the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF), I invite you to do your part and participate with a financial donation. Some may think their contribution is too small and it won’t make a difference. Some may simply rely upon others to donate and not bother. But, let us remember the words of Pope Benedict XVI, “Each of us is necessary!” Just as when we come to Mass we are stronger, when we make a donation to DDF, regardless of the amount, we are stronger as a diocese and more impactful in the ways we evangelize and bring souls to Christ.
The culture of today has pretty much rejected Christianity and the Church oftentimes finds herself alone, even attacked, as she tries to proclaim the Gospel. I think our task today is to fortify our efforts and strengthen our resolve as disciples: together. I thank you for your faith and dedication to your parish and community. Our priests are hard workers and while some of our parishes and missions are small, the size does not reflect the hearts and dedication of our people. I often say we do so much despite being less than five percent of the general population!
The purpose of the Eucharistic Revival is to renew the Church by rekindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. In 2023, we enter into the “Parish Year” of the Eucharistic Revival, looking for better ways to reach out to those who don’t know Christ, as well as those who are no longer with us at Mass. Each one of us is necessary in this important work. Each donation to DDF is necessary, too, no matter its amount.
I can’t underscore enough that it is only because of the success of our DDF that the weekly donations to the parish—envelope and plate—remain in the parish for local use, and the Diocesan assessment rate remains unchanged, despite rising costs.
It is only because of each of you and your generosity that we, as a diocese, may serve Christ’s mandate.
One Bread, One Body, One Church, reflects who and what we are. I thank you for your vibrant witness to the faith and for your dedicated financial support so that we, our One Church, East to West, may carry on our mission of salvation and mercy. God bless you.
Please consider donating 1 percent of your income and becoming a member in the “Crosier Society.” Learn more about the Crosier Society below!
0.5% for those parishes with a school and 1 percent for those without a school.
What is the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF)?
DDF Supports These Ministries & More!
The Bishop’s Annual Appeal, our Diocesan Development Fund Campaign (DDF), is the annual campaign for the diocese and takes place the first weekend of May. The funds raised through the campaign advance our mission through a host of ministries that assist our families, our parishes, and every diocesan ministry in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The personal sacrifices of parishioners across the diocese directly benefit the lives of those who worship in our churches, those formed through religious education programs in our parishes and schools, and those who are consoled and comforted through our ministries and presence.
- The Bishop’s Ministry
- Adult Formation
- Campus Ministry
- Catholic Schools
- Child & Youth Protection
- Clergy Formation
- Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
- Development & Properties
- Permanent Deacon Formation
- Faith Formation
- Family Ministries
- Financial Services
- Health Affairs
- Liturgy & Worship
- Media Relations
- Ministry with Hispanics
- Marriage Tribunal
- Missouri Catholic Conference
- Planned Giving
- Priest Formation
- Project Rachel
- Religious Education
- Respect Life
- Social Ministry
- The Mirror
- Youth Ministry
The Crosier Society
The Crosier Society is an honorary society of donors who contribute 1% or more of their annual income to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Last year, 202 people joined this list of supporters. Please consider being a member of the 2023 Crosier Society.
2023 Diocesan DDF Committee
Immaculate Conception Parish – Springfield
Sacred Heart Parish – Conway
Reverend Charles (Chaz) A. Dunn
St. Canera Parish – Neosho,
Nativity of Our Lord Mission Church- Noel
THE CATHOLIC CENTER
Bishop Edward M. Rice
The Very Rev. Shoby M. Chettiyath, VG
Brad and Anna Burdick
St. Vincent de Paul Parish – Cape Girardeau
St. George Mission Church – Van Buren
Reverend David Baunach
St. Eustachius Parish – Portageville
St. Cecelia – Kennett