You can help advance the mission of the Archdiocese of Denver

Most people can’t envision themselves as philanthropists. That image is reserved for multi-millionaires or even billionaires with well-known names. 

Philanthropy is about compassion and generosity for others and the Archdiocese of Denver wants its faithful members to know that the spiritual experience of charity is available to everyone at all giving levels. The Archdiocese has more than 40 ministries that spread the missions of faith formation, faith leadership and works of mercy. 

The Archdiocese has made an intentional new focus on its missions and that new concentration came with a new name — the Office of Mission Advancement.

“The Archdiocese wants to engage with donors in a purposeful way that emphasizes the Church’s good works and reinforces our mission of sharing the Gospel and bringing others into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ,” said Paul Dudzic, Chief Officer of Mission Advancement. 

“Our impact is greater than ever because of our donors and we want them to partner with us to lift up the Gospel’s message and enhance their giving experience at the same time,” Dudzic said.

The office has a team of professionals who can partner with donors and help them identify, prioritize and fulfill their philanthropic goals and visions within the Church.

“Donors are able to understand more deeply where they are giving,” said Major Gift Officer Kelsey Greiner.  “We can introduce them to the different ministries, answer any questions that they might have, and give them insight into new initiatives within the ministries that they might not get from just viewing the website.”

Andrew Castillo has been partnering with donors for more than two years and he believes the relationships between the ministries and the benefactors are a vital part of the process.

“People who fundraise don’t want philanthropy to feel transactional,” Castillo said. “Our job is to connect in that place: where your love for the Catholic church, your personal philanthropy and the Church’s needs can meet.”  

Nonprofit giving by individuals in the United State totaled nearly $430 billion in 2018 and religious organizations make up almost 30 percent of that, according to Giving USA statistics.

“Philanthropy is not just about money, it’s also about being a champion of our work and helping connect us with other passionate individuals who care about the Church,” said Andrew Schaefer, Director of Mission Advancement. 

Schaefer oversees the team of gift officers dedicated to enhancing the impact of donations and philanthropic goals.

“The Catholic Church has a great culture of community and giving in many different ways — that is just one way that makes the Catholic Church a special place,” Schaefer said. 

Team Roster

Our team is here to be a resource for you and your family as you make philanthropic decisions that help advance the Mission of the Archdiocese within its more than 40 ministries including: Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal, Seeds of Hope, Catholic elementary schools, Prophet Elijah House, St. John Vianney Seminary, Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Annunciation Heights, Centro San Juan Diego, Bishop Machebeuf and Holy Family high schools.

Paul Dudzic
Chief Officer of Mission Advancement

Andrew Schaefer
Director of Mission Advancement

Andrew Castillo
Major Gift Officer

Kelsey Greiner
Major Gift Officer

Lisa Metcalfe
Major Gift Officer

Ways you can help Advance the Mission:

1. Make financial contribution commensurate with your capacity.

2. Invite others to connect with the mission advancement team and ministry leaders.

3. Evangelize to help advance our faith and share the Good News.

COMING UP: Colorado bishops issue letter on the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life Congressional policies

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We, the Catholic bishops of Colorado, urge Congressional Representatives to support the Hyde Amendment and the Walden Amendment. We also ask the Faithful to sign The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) petition to lawmakers encouraging them to preserve the Hyde Amendment, which can be accessed at: NoTaxpayerAbortion.com, and to contact their Congressmen and women to support the Hyde and Walden amendments.

The House Appropriations Labor and Health and Human Services subcommittee recently passed a spending bill that strips protections for pre-born children, healthcare providers,and American taxpayers by excluding pro-life provisions, including the Hyde and Weldon amendments.

The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion in most cases, except for rape and incest, has received bipartisan support since its inception in 1976 – including by pro-abortion administrations. Hyde is critical in saving lives. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that approximately 60,000 pre-born babies are saved every year because of the Hyde Amendment.[1] This is the first time in 40 years that the Hyde Amendment was not included in the annual appropriations bill[2] and failure to include pro-life amendments will only further increase divisions in our country.

The Weldon Amendment prevents any federal programs, agencies, and state and local governments from discriminating against health care practitioners and institutions that do not provide abortion services. It ensures that pro-life individuals and organizations can enter the health care profession without fearing that the government will force them to perform a procedure that violates their well-founded convictions. It has also received bipartisan support and was added to the appropriations bill every year since it was first enacted in 2005. [3]

Congress’ recent actions endanger the lives of pre-born children and infringe on the rights of millions of Americans who do not wish to participate in the moral evil of abortion. A recent Knights of Columbus/Marist poll found that 58 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions[4] and a 2019 Gallup poll shows that 60 percent of Americans think abortion should either be illegal or only legal in a few circumstances.[5]

The government should neither use taxpayer funds for the killing of pre-born children nor compel medical practitioners and institutions to violate their well-founded convictions. Congress must uphold these long-standing, common-sense bipartisan policies that promote a culture of life in our nation.

Human reason and science affirm that human life begins at conception. The Church objects to abortion on the moral principle that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with respect due to every human person. There has never been and never will be a legitimate need to abort a baby in the womb.

It is critical that Congress continue its long-history of supporting policies such as the Hyde and Walden amendments, and that all Colorado Catholics and people of good will make their voice heard in supporting these life-affirming policies.

Sign the petition to Congress here: www.NoTaxpayerAbortion.com

Contact your Congressional Representatives here: https://cocatholicconference.org/news/

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of Denver

Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo

Most Reverend James R. Golka
Bishop of Colorado Springs

Most Reverend Jorge Rodriguez
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver