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: Samaritan House shelter expands capacity for women experiencing homelessness

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Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodríguez blessed Samaritan House on May 14 to celebrate the ongoing renovation of the downtown shelter, which first opened in 1986. 

“God, the provider of shelter and home, has brought us together for the dedication of the first floor at Samaritan House established for those seeking shelter and a place to call home,” said Bishop Rodríguez. “May he strengthen us by his grace so that in serving all who come here we may serve Christ himself.”

Freshly painted walls, new bunk beds with reading lights, lockers, mattresses and furniture are some of the improvements at the shelter, located at 2301 Lawrence St. In addition, updates include an upgraded HVAC system, bathrooms and more rooms on the family floor. 

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mike Sinnett, vice president of shelters and community outreach for Catholic Charities of Denver, left, stands with Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Denver, center, and Darren Walsh, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Denver, right. The ceremony and blessing held on May 14 at Samaritan House in Denver celebrated the expansion of services for women seeking shelter, nutritious meals and support services.

Thousands of people have received shelter, meals and supportive services at Samaritan House since 1986. The renovation is meant to address the needs of single women, families and veterans who are experiencing homelessness.

“We’ve learned a lot in those 35 years,” said Darren Walsh, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Denver. “And as we thought about this renovation, we took those learnings into account and really looked to provide a more welcoming and accommodating and nurturing environment for the benefit of those that we serve here at Samaritan House.”

For more information and to support the ongoing Samaritan House renovation efforts, visit samhousedenver.org/renovation.