Ways to give to Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal

Donating to the annual Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal has a great impact on the wider Church’s reach in northern Colorado. It not only funds various crucial ministries that carry out the general operations of the archdiocese, such as the Offices of Catholic Schools, Evangelization and Family Life Ministries, and Child and Youth Protection, it also helps to fund the many outreach ministries we have here in Denver, such as Catholic Charities, Centro San Juan Diego and much more.

Thankfully, giving to Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal has never been easier. Here are all the ways you can consider giving a gift during this year’s campaign.

Recurring Monthly Gift

This is the easiest and most convenient way to give. Why not integrate your gift to the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal into your monthly budget? Setting it up online takes less than five minutes, and the automatic withdrawals each month ensure that you don’t have to worry about it anymore – and that those souls the Church serves can benefit directly from your gift each month.

Pledge

Break up your gift to the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal into several payments by making a pledge. You can pledge whatever amount you’d like and split it into up to eight monthly payments.

One-Time Gift

If it’s more convenient to give a one-time gift, that option is available as well. Give any amount you’d like online, through an envelope given out at your parish or included with the Denver Catholic, or by phone.

Ministries that benefit from Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal

Remember, your gift will directly fund nearly 40 ministries that help to carry out the mission of the Church in northern Colorado and will impact countless lives. Here are just a few of the ministries your gift helps to fund and some of the work they do.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Denver is the archdiocese’s “charitable arm,” which seeks to extend the healing ministry of Jesus by helping the poor and those in need. Included under Catholic Charities’ umbrella is Samaritan House, the Respect Life Office, Marisol Health, the Gabriel House Project, Archdiocesan affordable housing and much, much more.

Seminaries

The St. John Vianney and Redemptoris Mater Seminaries of the Archdiocese of Denver are nationally-recognized for their exceptional academic and spiritual formation. Currently, 128 seminarians would benefit from this much-needed support, which helps provide funding for academic programs, food and housing, seminarian health insurance and more.

Centro San Juan Diego
A nationally-recognized organization that provides services to members of the Spanish-speaking community in the Archdiocese of Denver, Centro San Juan Diego helps form tomorrow’s Hispanic leaders. In partnership with the Office of Hispanic Ministries of the archdiocese, it hosts numerous faith-based courses and programs.

Annunciation Heights
Annunciation Heights is the archdiocese’s new Catholic youth and family camp and retreat center located just south of Estes Park. Displaying the beauty of God’s creation, Annunciation Heights is a place where people can “withdraw from a hectic and busy culture and come to know and experience a true friendship with Jesus.”

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I donate to the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal?

As followers of Christ who embodied perfect charity, we are called to support the charitable outreach efforts of our Archdiocesan Church. Much like you are asked to support the pastoral programs of your parish, you are also called to provide for the needs of the wider Church of northern Colorado.

How is the Archdiocese of Denver addressing the current Church crisis?

The Archdiocese of Denver is committed to full transparency and change in the Church. In 2018, the website promise.archden.org was created to educate the faithful on the archdiocese’s handling, prevention, and response policies regarding the crisis. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila also committed to have an independent review of all priest files related to the sexual abuse of minors. Be assured that 100% of your Appeal gift will support ministry operations and that no Appeal funds were, are, or will ever be used for legal expenses or settlements. Donate to the Appeal with confidence knowing that your gift will be prudently invested in programs that evangelize the faith and serve others.

I donate to the Appeal every year, so why am I asked to increase my gift?

There are many ministries that face increased demands for their services every year. For example, the number of men, women, and children living on the streets continues to rise, the need to make lifelong disciples for Christ through catechesis instruction has never been more compelling, and the financial outlay associated with the education of today’s seminarians grows every year. Your additional sacrifice will help offset the increase in costs.

How much does it cost to conduct the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal?

The total operating costs associated with last year’s Appeal were only 3.7%. As a result, more than 96 cents of every dollar received was distributed to Catholic ministries.

To donate to Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal, visit archden.org/givenow

COMING UP: Moral courage and the many cultures of death

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CRACOW. Thanks to the pandemic, it’s been two years since I was last in Cracow, where for three decades I’ve done extensive research and taught great students while forming friendships with many remarkable people. It was wonderful to be back in one of the world’s greatest cities, and soon after I arrived in late June, I took a long walk to see what had changed. The first major difference I noticed was that the plaza in front of the central railway station (named for my late friend Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, a World War II courier for the Polish Home Army and the man from whom the future John Paul II got real news via Radio Free Europe’s Polish service) has a new, strikingly modern memorial, dedicated to the memory of Colonel Ryszard Kukliński.

That name is not well-known throughout a western world that has largely forgotten the meaning and lessons of the Cold War. But if Jan Nowak-Jeziorański was right when he spoke about the Polish colonel in the mid-1990s, Ryszard Kuklinski was a genuine hero of the long, twilight struggle against communist totalitarianism — the man who helped prevent a bloody Soviet invasion of Poland to crush the nascent Solidarity movement.

An accomplished officer in the communist-era Polish Army, Ryszard Kukliński began to doubt the truth of what he had been told about the West when, as a member of an international commission, he met American military men in Vietnam in the mid-1960s. His doubts about communism and its purposes intensified by orders of magnitude in 1968, when the brutal Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia ground the Prague Spring to dust under the treads of Soviet tanks, and in 1970, when the Polish army shot Polish workers during labor strife. Privy to some of the Warsaw Pact’s most confidential strategic plans, he became convinced that, if the Cold War turned hot and the east bloc attacked the West, the Soviets would sacrifice Poland as retaliatory western tactical nuclear strikes hit the second wave of Warsaw Pact troops pushing west. So, in 1972, Kukliński, risking his life and his family’s safety, offered his services to the United States and for the next nine years was the West’s most important intelligence asset behind the iron curtain.

His greatest service to Poland and the cause of freedom came in the later months of 1980. Thanks to his efforts, the United States knew the entire order-of-battle the Soviet Union had organized to stamp out Solidarity, which had held its first formal congress in September 1980. With that information, and working in concert with the incoming Reagan administration, outgoing national security adviser Zbigniew Brzeziński, with the help of the AFL-CIO’s Lane Kirkland, was able to organize a comprehensive western response to a potential Soviet invasion of Poland: an international economic blockade that would have severely damaged the already-staggering Soviet economy. Faced with economic ruin, the Soviet leadership backed down and the Warsaw Pact divisions that had surrounded Poland withdrew.

Colonel Kukliński and his family were exfiltrated to the West; two of his sons later died under dubious circumstances that may have involved Russian retribution, and Kukliński lived out his life under an assumed name in the United States, dying in 2004. There was public controversy when he returned to his native Poland for a 1998 visit, with some charging that he had violated his officer’s oath by working for American intelligence for a decade. John Paul II, through various intermediaries, quietly passed the word that Kukliński was to be regarded in Poland as a national hero. Zbigniew Brzeziński, who held the exact same view, put it brilliantly, in a comment that appears on the Kukliński Memorial in Cracow: Colonel Kukliński was “the first Polish officer in NATO.” 

Communism was a distinctive form of the culture of death, for the effort to create “Homo Sovieticus” was a lethal assault on souls. Colonel Ryszard Kukliński took a courageous stand against that particular culture of death, knowing as he did that freedom is never cost-free: freedom lived nobly always requires sacrifice. His example should be pondered by Catholic citizens and Catholic public officials throughout the West today, who are called to resist, with similar moral courage and effect, that form of the culture of death that masquerades as the ideology of “choice.” May we and our elected officials be as principled and brave as the Polish officer who took what John Paul II described at the United Nations in 1995 as the “the risk of freedom.”