Archdiocesan capital campaign hits $130 million goal
One Faith, One Hope, One Love, the ongoing Archdiocese of Cincinnati capital campaign, announced this week that it has reached it’s minimum fund-raising goal of $130 million.
The historic campaign has officially recorded pledges totaling $134,424,051, about 3% over the goal that was set at the start of the effort. The funds will be overseen by the Catholic Community Foundation.
In a yet-to-be-released video produced by the archdiocese, Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr thanked those who have contributed.
“On behalf of the thousands of people who will benefit from your generosity, I thank you for your response to the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign,” he said. “You’ve ensured that the Archdiocese of Cincinnati can continue to meet the changing needs of its people… Together we will see what miracles God can work in his church.”
Director of the Archdiocesan Stewardship Office Michael Vanderburgh said the donations, which came from more than 200 parishes across the 19-county archdiocese, “will bless five major causes: Catholic Education, Local Parish Priorities, Fostering Vocations, Care for Retired Priests, and Catholic Charities and Social Services.”
“Our effort is far from over,” Vanderburgh said. “The goal that’s been achieved remains a minimum. Continued generosity will mean more help for these critical missions, now and for generations to come. Heartfelt thanks and hearty congratulations to the donors, volunteers, priests and staff that helped us reach this landmark.”
In January of last year, Vanderburgh provided context for adding the extraordinary campaign coming in addition to existing archdiocesan efforts.
“It’s like we all pay utilities and rent or mortgage each month but every 25 years or so, we have to replace the roof” he said. “That’s an extraordinary investment, just like this effort.”
The One Faith, One Hope, One Love is described as “a call to devote ourselves more fully to the mission of our Church. Through our shared sense of stewardship, this initiative seeks to spread the Gospel of Christ and meet the vital needs of our community.”
One Faith, One Hope, One Love is the largest capital campaign for our archdiocese in more than 50 years. For updates and more information, go to 1faith1hope1love.org.