March 15, 2012

$34 million in pledges received from Catholic faithful throughout southeast Michigan

Archbishop Vigneron shared uplifting news on the continued growth of Changing Lives Together

About 23,000 Catholic households in southeast Michigan have pledged over $34 million to the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Changing Lives Together capital stewardship initiative, the largest such effort in the 300-year history of the Archdiocese.

“People have been very, very generous,” said Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. The Archbishop provided an update on the archdiocesan-wide effort at a campaign gathering at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Monroe County, where nine area parishes are among more than 40 poised to launch their campaigns.

Launched last fall, the $135 million Changing Lives Together campaign is intended to provide parishes throughout the six-county Archdiocese with the financial means to fulfill their pastoral plans. Sixty of the 267 parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit have largely completed their campaigns, generating more than $34 million in pledges toward a target of $37 million.

Parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Newport joined Archbishop Vigneron on March 14 to learn more about Changing Lives Together.

“We are humbled and pleased and so thankful to God that, in these challenging economic times, we have seen such an exceptional outpouring of generosity from our parishioners,” said Dave Kelley, archdiocesan Director of Development.

The pilot wave of 18 parishes has reached nearly 98 percent of its pledge goal. The second wave of 42 parishes has surpassed 83 percent of its pledge goal. The third of five waves in the campaign is now underway. Each wave is approximately six months in duration. The timing of parish participation in Changing Lives Together has largely depended on what works best for the parish, as determined by pastors in consultation with parish lay leaders.

“Every parish needs to be engaged in Changing Lives Together because this is something that belongs to all of us as one family of God in southeast Michigan,” observed the Archbishop. “The important thing is for our parishes to be stronger, our communities to be more tightly bonded together through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, and that we have a renewed sense of mission.”

Pastors and parishioners from several Monroe-area parishes attended the campaign update.

Changing Lives Together is a series of parish campaigns to generate resources to fulfill parish-developed plans and priorities. Learn more about the initiative in your parish.