Your Gifts In Action

FROM YOU WITH LOVE

The Diocesan Annual Campaign provides resources, expertise, guidance and support for more than 90 ministries and programs throughout the 15 counties of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Gifts from donors like you sustain, expand and support our ongoing evangelization efforts, provide continuing education programs for our Catholic schools and Religious Education programs, seminarians, clergy and permanent deacons, and investments in pro-life activities. Now, more than ever, the programs and ministries that received funding from the Diocesan Annual Campaign need your prayers and steadfast support. Your gift, no matter the size, truly makes a difference. On behalf of those who benefit from our ministries, please accept our heartfelt appreciation and deep gratitude.

Vocations

The Office of Vocations for the Diocese helps our Diocesan faithful approach the simple but profound question, “What is God calling me to do with my life?” Newly ordained priest Rev. Damon Tritle found that calling, reflecting that, “I came to the Church with a spiritual hunger and curiosity that led me to read voraciously about the faith, the saints, Church history, etc. I had a lot of catching up to do, because I did not grow up in the Church. Through this, and seeking the counsel and direction of some wonderful priests, I came to hear God whispering to me that I ought to give seminary a chance.”

Life and Dignity

Respecting life in all its stages and phases, this ministry offers hope and help to expecting mothers and young families, to those incarcerated, and to persons with disabilities. During the ever-popular summer camp for persons with disabilities, Sister Kristen Forgotch, ASC, said the camp is an important ministry of the Church. “It says to each of the campers, ‘The Church cares about you, you are included and you are part of the Church. The Church is a vast community and all of its members are needed.’”

Catholic Education

For the second year in a row, our Catholic schools experienced an increase in enrollment. Due in large part to our commitment to in-person learning during COVID, our students achieved higher than state averages on recent standardized testing. Through a strategic partnership with RedefinED Advisors, more than $1M in new EITC funding has been directed to our schools for financial aid. Our schools are well positioned to meet the financial and educational needs of our students.”

Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Supporting the faith lives of young adults in the Diocese has been a priority for years. We continue to advance our ministry to this group through retreats, evening gatherings and on college campuses. “Being able to start the school year with students from other colleges and with our bishop was very meaningful. It reinforces that even if we are in different places, we are all together, joined in unity through and with Jesus,” said Ileana Feistritzer, Catholic Campus Ministry at York College.

Faith Formation

Strengthening our faith and teaching our youngest Catholics what we believe is integral to all our evangelization efforts. Sacramental preparation is part of this process. For Tenley, a parishioner of Saint Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg, receiving Christ in the Holy Eucharist was a memorable and meaningful experience. “Receiving my First Holy Communion was the best day of my life,” said Tenley.

2023 Diocesan Impact Report

A Message From Bishop Timothy C. Senior

Nourished by Faith
Most Reverend Timothy C. SeniorBishop of Harrisburg

Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior
Twelfth Bishop of Harrisburg

Dear Friends,

The Most Holy Eucharist is the center of our lives as Catholics. This year marks the conclusion of a National Eucharistic Revival throughout the United States which has focused on encouraging a renewed appreciation for this incredible gift of the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and its transforming power in the lives of all believers. Here in our Diocese, the Revival will culminate with celebrations in June 2024. In this context, our theme for the 2024 Diocesan Annual Campaign is NOURISHED BY FAITH. Our Lord Jesus, present in the Eucharist, nourishes us to live our faith more vibrantly; to be more visibly and recognizably Catholic Christians.

Your gift to the Diocesan Annual Campaign supports more than ninety (90) vital ministries and programs to assist parishes and help to strengthen parish life, evangelization and outreach to youth and young adults, Catholic education in our schools and in religious education programs, our services to the poor provided through Catholic Charities, and the formation of our future priests and permanent deacons, as well as care for our retired priests.

Strengthened by the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, we are challenged to respond with grateful hearts to advance the mission of the Church. By sharing our gifts with others, the real presence of Jesus is made visible through us.

I ask you to prayerfully consider your gift to the 2024 Diocesan Annual Campaign. If you are unable to make a financial gift at this time, please continue to pray for me and for the success of our efforts. Please pray also for our clergy and religious and all those who serve in our Diocese. You, your family and your intentions are in my prayers. May God bless you and our beloved Diocese of Harrisburg.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior
Bishop of Harrisburg

All monies raised for the DAC are only used for the programs, services and ministries for which they are designated. No gifts to the DAC are used to satisfy legal fees or settlement costs associated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg’s reorganization. A listing of all DAC allocations may be found at www.hbgdiocese.org/diocesan-annual-campaign.

Our Goal

2024
  • Current Donations $5,050,596

  • 2024 Goal $7,442,245

Please consider making a commitment to the 2024 Diocesan Annual Campaign. Your gift will provide instruction for those joining the Church, support for Catholic Education, magnified evangelization programs and support for many human services programs.

  • Parish Goal Met 10

  • Total Parishes 88

Our parishes are working hard to support their Catholic brothers and sisters through the Diocese. Please consider partnering with your parish to help meet their goal and further the mission of sharing the love of Jesus Christ with our neighbors.

The Diocese of Harrisburg uses a consistent formula to calculate the DAC goals for each parish. This formula considers parish income and registered souls. To view the formula, please click here.

Saint Francis Circle

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – Saint Francis of Assisi
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The Diocese of Harrisburg is excited to offer The Saint Francis Circle.  This giving society is committed to the ongoing mission of the Catholic Church.  Saint Francis’ appreciation for God’s creation has granted him the title “Patron of the Environment.”

As a member of this society, your electronic gifts not only support the ministries of the Diocese, but also reduce the printing, mailing and postage for our annual solicitations, helping us to protect the resources given to us by God.  By helping to reduce overhead costs, more of your gift directly benefits the ministries of the Diocese that receive support from the Diocesan Annual Campaign.  Your regular monthly support provides families with the opportunity to educate their children in the faith, support the formation of our future priests and permanent deacons, and helps support those living in poverty.

To join this society, please make your electronic gift here.

Thank you for your continued faithful support of the Diocesan Annual Campaign.

Send Us Your Prayer Requests

This year, Bishop Senior, our retired priests and the Carmelite Sisters will remember your intentions in their prayers.

    This year, we need your help.

    Please help support the physical and spiritual needs of those living throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg.

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