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About the Bishop's fund

The Bishop’s Fund Annual Appeal is dedicated to providing the financial support of Catholic Ministries, Catholic Education, and Catholic Formation throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.


The Impact of Your Generosity

Funds collected for the Bishop's Fund Appeal support an extraordinary range of servicesto parishes as well as the people of the Catholic Diocese of Burlington

Parish Administrative
Assistance

“As a new church secretary, I have been amazed at the support and speed with which the diocese has responded to my questions. It is a pleasure dealing with the well-trained and informed support staff, who always respond to our needs quickly, professionally, and respectfully. Almost 40 years in the private sector rarely showed me this kind of support!” –Laura K. Limoge, Secretary, St. Amadeus Church (Alburgh) and St. Joseph Mission (Isle LaMotte)

Catholic Charities
Counseling Services

“My counseling experience with Vermont Catholic Charities has been life-altering and healing. I don’t feel like I’m alone anymore. I have rediscovered my authentic self and I am becoming whole. I am blessed and so very grateful. I hadn’t realized that the Church offered this kind of ministry.” –Anonymous

Catholic Schools


"For us, a Catholic education is a vital component to raising our family. To know that our children are learning in an environment rich in love, respect, and academic rigor provides us with an assurance that the culture in which they learn mirrors the culture we have at home. Our children are caring, thoughtful, and moral citizens and our partnership with the school guarantees that they will continue to grow in that tradition. We are so grateful to exceptional staff at Bishop John A. Marshall School." –Carrie and Jeremiah Wilson (children Liam, grade 7 and Molly, grade 4)

ways to give

The Bishop’s Fund Annual Appeal is dedicated to providing the financial support of Catholic Ministries, Catholic Education, and Catholic Formation throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.


Online

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By Mail


Pledge by printing a pledge card, and mailing the form along with payment to:

Bishop's Fund Annual Appeal
55 Joy Dr.
South Burlington, VT 05403


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Tax Statement: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations received are fully deductible for tax purposes.

Ministries the Bishop's Fund Supports

Within the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, nearly 120,000 Catholics attend 73 parishes and 44 mission churches. Over 10,000 students receive Catholic instruction each year through our parish catechetical programs and 13 Catholic schools. Through the supervision of Vermont Catholic Charities, Inc., hundreds of people are provided with a variety of services. The specific ministries which will benefit from the 2015 Bishop’s Fund include, but are not limited to, the following…

 

history of the Bishop's Fund

The Bishop’s Fund Annual Appeal began as the Bishop’s Fund in 1958, the vision of Bishop Robert F. Joyce. The Bishop’s Fund was established to be a means of support to our most needy sisters and brothers in our diocese. Bishop Joyce hoped “to render charity and develop spirituality.” In 1958, the Bishop’s Fund raised $250,000 to provide counseling services, assist Catholic schools, provide emergency aid, and support vocations. Today, the diocesan-wide appeal raises nearly $3M to sustain many of the same ministries supported over the Bishop’s Fund’s 57-year history, but also an ever-expanding range of apostolates.



In 2015, The Bishop’s Fund received over $2.5M in pledges, with $2,369,003 collected as of December, 2015.2015 Parish Progress Report



Of a total of 37,662 families registered to parishes in the diocese of Burlington, 12,237 participated in the 2015 Bishop’s Fund



The new initiatives of Bishop Coyne will add substantial opportunity for growth in many strategic areas for our diocese, including at parish levels



With a natural progression of greater use of our Online Giving site, we’re requesting that anyone who is able please use this method of pledging. It will conserve resources greatly and allow you full, secure control of your payment schedules and amounts.
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In gratitude to those who have been able to give at a more significant level, the introduction of the 1853 Society, which is unique to our diocese.  For more information, click here.