HARTFORD – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell has announced that the 2012 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal has broken last year’s record by more than $250,000.
The appeal has raised $10,051,072 from almost 48,000 contributions.
"This is truly an outstanding success, and is a tribute to the kindness and generosity of the people of the Archdiocese of Hartford who have the utmost care and concern for our neighbors in need," said Archbishop Mansell.
Some members of the Pastors’ Advisory Committee, which offers advice about the campaign throughout the year, didn’t think such success was possible because of the continued sluggish economy. But Msgr. James G. Coleman, a member, was always optimistic.
"It is precisely because the economy is hurting that people can empathize with how their families and friends are hurting, and they feel the need to give," said Msgr. Coleman. "I believed this goal was possible because I know that worship cannot be separated from service. I knew that the faithful would hear the call of their neighbors."
Among the many programs the appeal supports are the Emergency Assistance Fund, which offers assistance to people who have fallen on hard times; and the Malta House of Care mobile health clinics in Hartford and Waterbury. The clinics have treated close to 23,000 uninsured people.
Additionally, close to $1 million in support from the appeal went to Catholic education and faith formation programs last year; and Catholic Charities, seminarian programs, and hundreds of vicariate outreach programs across the state have been beneficiaries of the appeal.
Archbishop Mansell said that aside from the state of Connecticut, the Catholic Church is the largest provider of educational, health, social and pastoral services.
"I want to thank our donors from the bottom of my heart," he said.
Every contribution will be used to support the Archdiocese of Hartford and other organizations that fund services for people in need.
A listing of the programs that are supported by the appeal may be found by clicking on the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal area at archdioceseofhartford.org.