The Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) is a primary source of funding to help sustain and expand the ministries of the 96 parishes, 21 missions, 34 Catholic schools, and multiple agencies throughout the Diocese of Charleston. As a steward of God’s gifts, you are asked to support the needs of our Diocese through your Prayers and a Sacrificial Gift via pledge or one-time donation.

Catholic Charities $900,000 | 24%
The mission of Catholic Charities is commanded by the Holy Gospel to love, to serve and to teach. They provide care and services to improve the lives of South Carolinians in need and strive to continue the ministry of Jesus by providing quality service for people in need, advocating for justice, and calling the entire Church and all people to do the same. Catholic Charities works to accomplish its goals through the provision of direct services, consultation, education, and advocacy, such as:
  • An Assisted-Living Facility (Carter May Home)
  • Dental & Wellness Care
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Food Pantries
  • Immigration Services
  • Laundry and Shower Facilities (Clean of Heart)
  • Prison Ministry
  • Response Preparedness
  • Senior Care Management
  • Counseling Services
Ministry & Outreach $775,000 | 21%
Our Diocese aims to support and coordinate our responsibility to serve through a variety of diocesan-wide offices and local initiatives:
  • Catechetical and Evangelization Programs
  • Pastoral Formation
  • Parish Life Coordinators
  • Hospital Ministry
  • Emergency Assistance to Parishes
  • Ethnic Ministries and Programs
  • Office of Child and Youth Protection Services
  • The Office of Family Life
  • The Office of Hispanic Ministry
  • The Pastoral Center
  • Women Religious Working in Economically Challenged Areas
Vocations $650,000 | 17%
The Office of Vocations seeks to encourage and nurture the call of men to the priesthood and women to consecrated life by reaching out to those who may be called to such a vocation by the Holy Spirit.

Seminarians: The Diocese of Charleston supports the formation of 18 seminarians at five different seminaries in Dallas, Houston, Weston, MA, Washington, D.C., and Rome, Italy. The Diocese is responsible for the cost of their education and formation, which averages $41,500 per year, per seminarian.

Permanent Diaconate: The Office of the Diaconate, together with Saint Leo University and priests, deacons and religious of our diocese, provides the necessary education, instruction, and training for those studying to become deacons in our Diocese, as well as providing for the continuing education and updating of permanent deacons of the Diocese. We currently have 152 ordained deacons serving our Diocese, and 46 candidates participating in the diaconate formation program, 16 of whom will be ordained in February of 2017.

Continuing Formation: Funds raised through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal help provide priests opportunities to continue their formation through additional graduate courses and supplemental training.

Youth & Young Adult Ministry & Catholic Schools $950,000 | 25%
Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry $235,000: The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry equips parishes by providing education and training opportunities. The office also provides opportunities for diocesan youth and young adults to experience the larger Church through retreats, week-long camps, and national conferences.

Catholic School Grants $315,000: The Office of Catholic Schools will offer grants to help our Catholic schools provide tuition assistance, deal with financial emergencies, and obtain educational supplies and equipment. Grants will also support professional development. These grants are offered to our 28 Catholic elementary schools and 4 diocesan high schools. Approximately $140,000 will be set aside for grade schools, and $175,000 for Diocesan high schools.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Endowment $200,000: These funds will increase the overall endowment so that income from this $2,800,000 fund, established through the Our Heritage, Our Hope capital campaign, will directly support Catholic elementary schools and families with tuition assistance. Last year 24 schools and more than 430 students received grants to attend our Catholic Schools.

Catholic Schools Taskforce $200,000: These funds will allow for the Diocese to support the implementation of the strategic growth plan recommended by the 2014 Taskforce , which will revitalize and strengthen all the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Charleston.

College Campus Ministry $400,000 | 11%
Currently, the Diocese has an official Catholic Campus Ministry presence at over twenty colleges. Campus Ministry programs help students in their personal, theological, and spiritual growth while in higher education. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal helps fund the following items of college campus ministry:
  • Professional Campus Ministry personnel
  • New Liturgical Vessels and Books for Mass
  • Stipends to Campus Ministers
  • Campus Ministry Conferences and Associations
  • Training for Campus Ministers and Student Leaders
  • Start-up and Special Project Costs
  • Print Materials and Technology
  • Student Retreat Opportunities
  • Spaces to serve as Campus Ministry Student Centers
Retired Priests $75,000 | 2%
The priests of our diocese have given a lifetime of service and sacrifice to our diocesan family. The Diocese is currently providing monthly retirement pensions and healthcare support to 23 priests, and that number is projected to rise to 36 by 2023. Many of our retired priests continue to serve in parish ministries throughout our diocese.

Options for Giving
In the spirit of Christian stewardship — giving back a first portion of our gifts to assist others — we ask each family to consider a contribution in one of the following ways:
  • A PLEDGE that is payable over ten months
  • An AUTOMATICALLY RECURRING GIFT that continues until you elect otherwise (must be fulfilled electronically).
Tools for Giving
Please make your gift by filling out your pledge card or by going online at www.sccatholic.org. Gifts can be made by Check, Cash, Credit Card, Direct Debit, or Donation of Securities*. *DONATION OF SECURITIES: Gifts of appreciated stock or mutual funds may afford you a significant tax advantage while furthering the work of the Diocese of Charleston. Please call the Office of Stewardship (843-261-0438) for information on how to complete a stock transfer or email stewardship@catholic-doc.org for information on how to donate securities.

As you make your Gift
  • Please make checks payable to Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
  • Pledges and pledge payments may be made online at www.sccatholic.org.
  • Pledge payments and contributions may be made over a period of ten months.
  • Reminders regarding your pledge will be mailed to you in accordance with your payment plan. You may use the envelopes accompanying the pledge reminders or the BAA envelopes you have received from your parish to submit a payment.
  • All pledges should be fulfilled by December 31, 2017.
  • All contributions to the BAA are fully tax-deductible.