Archbishop Nelson J. Perez during a news conference Monday launched the 2022 Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA).
CCA is the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s single largest and most important annual fundraising initiative. This year’s fundraising goal is $12.5 million with the theme “Giving Hope to All.”
William J. Phelan IV, president of the CCA Board of Directors, and representatives from CCA beneficiaries also joined Perez at Monday’s announcement.
“By supporting the Catholic Charities Appeal you are feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, supporting veterans, those in recovery, and helping students with special needs receive the Catholic education they deserve,” Perez said.
“You are helping desperate families get back on their feet and bringing joy to the lives of the aged and lonely,” he added. “When you donate to the Catholic Charities Appeal, you transform your response into a vessel of hope for the most at risk and vulnerable in our midst.”
Lizanne Hagedorn, executive director of Nutritional Development Services, an agency of the Archdiocese which provides food to children and those in need across the Greater Philadelphia region, and representatives from Visitation Homes, a ministry of Catholic Social Services located in Kensington which provides permanent, supportive housing for families experiencing homelessness, offered testimony about the critical impact of the CCA.
Each year, CCA helps to ensure the vitality of countless organizations and ministries throughout the five-county Archdiocese, officials said. CCA beneficiaries are grouped into five areas of ministries including education; social services; evangelization; parish and spiritual life; clergy; and local mission activities.
The CCA is the Archdiocese’s single most important fundraiser, benefiting hundreds of thousands of people through countless organizations and ministries, officials said.