The Diocesan Support Appeal helps provide funding necessary to carry out the mission of our diocese – namely to fulfill our call to “grow ever more perfectly into a community of praise, worship and witness, and to become a leaven of service and sign of peace through love in the Piedmont and Western North Carolina.” The DSA provides funding for 30 designated diocesan ministries. Those ministries fall in five categories: Catholic Social Services (which receives 1/4 of its funding from the DSA), Housing Ministry, Educational Ministries, Multicultural Ministries, and Vocations and provide more than 50 different services and programs.
Some of these ministries attend to needs beyond the scope of individual parishes and some exist for the sole purpose of assisting parishes in their mission to teach, evangelize and provide good liturgical experiences. It is important to recognize both aspects of the appeal. Every parish/mission in the diocese has been given an assessed target, and any amount raised over that target is returned to the parish to be used for the parish’s own needs.
Each year thousands of people in the Piedmont and Western North Carolina receive life-changing help from one of the ministries funded by the Diocesan Support Appeal.