About the

Catholic Appeal

The Catholic Appeal is the annual fund that supports more than 51 central ministries that enrich parish life, Catholic schools and the lives of those who turn to the Church for assistance.

My Dear Friends in Christ,

Each new year brings with it a renewed sense of hope. This is particularly true for the start of a new decade when we are full of expectations of what the future may hold. Wherever our journey may take us, we can be comforted in our faith that Christ and His Church will always be there for us. Thanks to your generosity and participation there are many thriving ministries that give us hope for our Church both now and in the future.

When you participate in the Catholic Appeal you help to strengthen our parish communities, our Catholic schools and enable us to continue living our faith together through the beauty and joy of the Gospel. I am truly grateful for your support.

May God bless you and your families.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Your Generosity

At Work

Funds raised through the Catholic Appeal provide approximately 50% of the $33 million Fiscal Year 2019 budget for Archdiocesan central ministries. In addition, over $1.2 million in Catholic Appeal funds raised were returned to parishes in FY 2019 as rebates to be used for their local parish programs.

The ministries and the percent of their expense budgets supported by your generosity are as follows:

Support AreasFY 19 % of Central Ministries Budget
Enriching Parish Life – Pastoral Planning and training for faith formation for youth and adults, parish nurses and pastoral associates and providing parish services support. Outreach and support for the multicultural communities and persons with disabilities, Deaf Apostolate, Ethnic Ministry, and more.37%
Administrative Support – These offices provide services to parishes, schools and many other entities in our Archdiocese in the areas of Real Estate, Risk Management, IT, Human Resources, Benefits, Legal Counsel and more.21%
Vocations and Clergy Support – Encouraging and fostering vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and religious life, clergy personnel and more.12%
Church Leadership – Support for the leadership in our Archdiocese and our relations with the larger Church, Canonical Affairs, Communications, Cardinal’s Office.10%
Support for Those in Need – Chaplaincy programs in hospitals and prisons, bereavement support, palliative care, healing ministries, spiritual care for those touched by addiction.8%
Support for Families – Preserving Catholic family values through activities to promote the dignity of life from conception to natural death; Project Rachel, Pro-Life Office, Family Life Office and the Metropolitan Tribunal.6%
Catholic Education – Central office support and training for the 110 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston.6%

Note: The Catholic Appeal does not provide financial support for priests on administrative leave, or the financial settlements and counseling/ medication costs for victims of clergy abuse.


The mission of the Church is to build a community of faith around the Word of God and the Eucharist… In a community of faith, we learn to worship our God, to forgive one another and to serve those around us… we must take care of each other.
Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M., Cap.

2018 Annual Report