Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Diocesan Development Fund (DDF)

2024 Diocesan Development Fund (DDF) Campaign — Bishop’s Annual Appeal

United in the Sacred Heart

One Church, East to West

DDF Sunday May 5, 2024

“…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).

A Letter from the Bishop

As we begin the 2024 Bishop’s Appeal, the Diocesan Development Fund campaign, I invite you to participate with a financial donation United in the Sacred Heart. Every donation helps me to share the love of the heart of Jesus through each of the 39-plus ministries of our diocese. Some may think their contribution is too small to make a difference. Remember, every contribution given in love has a great impact: thank you. 

When we participate in the DDF, we lean into Our Lord, for our sacrificial gift makes possible the building up of the Kingdom of God in southern Missouri through the many vital ministries of the diocese.

United in the Sacred Heart, I thank you for your vibrant witness to the faith and for your financial support. May the Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau continue its mission of faith, mercy, and good works motivated by the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

God bless you and thank you.

The Most Rev. Edward M. Rice

Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Bishop Edward Rice

Leave Your Legacy

What is the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF)?

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.

Explore the DDF Brochure

DDF Supports These Ministries & More!


  • The Bishop’s Ministry
  • Adult Formation
  • Advocacy
  • Campus Ministry
  • Catholic Schools
  • Child & Youth Protection
  • Communications
  • Clergy Formation
  • Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
  • Development & Properties
  • Permanent Deacon Formation
  • Ecumenism
  • Evangelization
  • 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
  • Vocations
  • Youth Ministry

Join 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 2024 Crosier Society.

2024 Diocesan DDF Committee


Bishop Edward M. Rice
The Very Rev. Shoby M. Chettiyath, JCL, VG
Taryn Vogan-Bohrer
Doug Kissinger
Leslie Eidson
Tammy Stander


Jim Weissler
Immaculate Conception Parish – Springfield

Mary Rowley
Sacred Heart Parish -Bolivar

Reverend Charles (Chaz) A. Dunn
St. Canera Parish – Neosho,
Nativity of Our Lord Mission Church- Noel

Brad and Anna Burdick
St. Vincent de Paul Parish – Cape Girardeau

Andrew Dazey
St. George Mission Church – Van Buren

Reverend Colby Elbert
St. Francis Xavier Parish – Sikeston

Each of us is part of a larger family, joined together to form our One Church, East to West: Loving Jesus, Serving Jesus, Sharing Jesus.