Our Campaign Priorities
Across our Diocese, funds raised through the one by One campaign will strengthen our vibrant parishes, enhance Catholic education in all forms, broaden social service and living justice programs, provide for those who serve, create a community that leads others to Jesus and provide for technology and communication upgrades.
This campaign will empower each of us to transform our communities as missionary disciples – as we share the healing, teaching and loving presence of Jesus where we live, work and pray.
Growing and Enhancing Support for Those Who Answer God’s Calling
Strengthening our ability to attract, train and care for those at every age who are exploring their faith and vocation to God.
OUR GOAL FOR THIS CASE ELEMENT: $8,285,000
We are molded into a community of faith by those men who are called to ordained service to the Church. As each member of our clergy embraces his vocation to ministry, we are motivated and empowered to love and serve as Jesus Christ within our communities. From the youngest among us who are just beginning their journey of faith to our retired clergy who require extended care, we must support and foster every person’s exploration at every age.
Funds raised for this purpose will provide our Diocese with greater opportunities to be present in the places where those who are considering a vocation live, study and pray, as well as ensure long-term care for retired clergy.
Specifically, these funds significantly grow support for those who serve by:
- Enhancing the marketing and outreach efforts of the Office of Vocations
- Ensuring the ongoing financial support of those in priestly formation
- Enhancing our presence and engagement within regional colleges and universities
- Strengthening our ability to meet medical costs for retired clergy
- Supporting renovations and improvements at Camp Tekakwitha to better promote the spiritual growth of our youth
Expanding Support for Seminarians: $5,000,000
Currently, funds raised from the Seminarian Collection ensure the Diocese is able to defray costs associated with providing ongoing support for seminarians in formation and those considering a vocation to the priesthood. As we seek to increase the number of seminarians, today’s funding levels would be insufficient. Projected increases in the length of time that may be mandated for those considering a vocation may also increase costs for those already in formation. Additionally, any decreases in our Seminarian Collection will have a significant impact on our ongoing ability to support those men. Establishing this endowment would provide a stable stream of income to support seminarians today and in the future. These funds will allow the Diocese to significantly enhance outreach programs, activities and retreats for men considering a vocation to the priesthood.
Enhancing Campus Ministries and Camp Tekakwitha: $2,285,000
Faith formation is a critical part of youth development. Establishing faith in early childhood sets a foundation for future faith maturity. College is one of the most formative experiences in the lives of many young people. During these years, young adults explore new ideas, career options and make life-defining decisions about their values and their life’s journey. These formative years shape the future of young leaders and are opportunities for campus ministries to play a pivotal role in the discernment of young adults to a life of ordained service to the church.
More than half the money raised for this purpose will be used to enhance the worship spaces at both the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and Green Bay. These new dedicated worship spaces will allow students to explore their relationship with Jesus and discern their potential vocation. Remaining funds will be used to:
- Fully develop a FOCUS missionary program for students attending the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and Green Bay, in which FOCUS missionaries partner with college chaplains and campus ministers to extend outreach events and programs that promote an authentic Christian community among students
- Enhance the presence of Diocesan clergy within regional colleges and universities to fully respond to the spiritual needs of those students seeking guidance and support
- Complete crucial repairs to the physical plant of Camp Tekakwitha, so this facility remains one that is welcoming and promotes spiritual growth and reflection at a young age
Strengthening Our Ability to Care for Retired Clergy: $1,000,000
As the costs for managed and long-term care increase, so too does the cost for providing for the medical needs of those who have retired from ordained service in our Diocese. Funds raised for this purpose will strengthen the ability of the Diocese to provide retired clergy with support for serious medical issues in their retirement years.