Disbursements

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) funds the work of our 96 parishes, 21 missions, 34 Catholic schools, and multiple agencies. Prayers and financial support help us to offer hope and reveal Christ’s love to others.

Responding with Love

Catholic Charities $950,000 | 24% The mission of Catholic Charities is to love, serve and teach. Care and assistance is offered in a dignified manner to those in need. The “hand up, not hand out” approach includes direct services, consultation, education and advocacy. Catholic Charities models the hands and heart of Christ in the work that they do.
  • An Assisted-Living Facility (Carter May Home)
  • Counseling Services
  • Dental & Wellness Care (Save-a-Smile)
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Food Pantries
  • Immigration Services
  • Laundry and Shower Facilities (Clean of Heart)
  • Pregnancy Case Management
  • Prison Ministry
  • Response Preparedness
  • Senior Care Management

Honoring our Servants

Vocations $750,000 | 19%
The Office of Vocations seeks to nurture the call of men to the priesthood and women to consecrated life by reaching out to those who may be called by the Holy Spirit.

Seminarians: The Diocese of Charleston supports the formation of 25 seminarians and discerners at five different seminaries as well as other discerners. The Diocese is responsible for the cost of their education and formation, which averages $42,000 per year, per seminarian. We also provide a measure of support to those studying through seminarian orders.

Permanent Diaconate: The Office of the Diaconate, together with Saint Leo University and priests, deacons and religious of our diocese, provides education, instruction, and training for those studying to become deacons, as well as the continuing education of permanent deacons. We currently have 134 ordained deacons and 32 retired deacons serving our Diocese. 29 candidates are currently in the diaconate formation program and 17 men are currently discerning.

Continuing Formation: Funds help provide priests with opportunities to continue their formation through retreats, graduate courses and supplemental training.

Retired Priests $75,000 | 2%
The priests of our diocese have given a lifetime of service and sacrifice to our diocesan family. We currently provide monthly retirement pensions and healthcare support to 22 priests; that number is projected to rise to 34 by 2027. Many of our retired priests continue to serve in parish ministries throughout our diocese. This fund is currently healthy due to wise investment practices over the years.

Sharing the Mission

Catholic Schools $725,000 | 18%
Guidance, support and training is provided so that the 28 Catholic elementary and 4 diocesan high schools can cultivate students with strong character, creating good citizens in environments centered in faith. Strong moral teaching and excellent academics allow us to serve as a beacon of hope in communities.

Catholic School Grants $325,000: We offer grants to help our Catholic schools provide tuition assistance, deal with financial emergencies, obtain educational supplies and equipment, and support professional development. $150,000 is set aside for grade schools and $175,000 for Diocesan high schools.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Endowment $200,000: Income from this $3,100,000 fund directly supports Catholic elementary schools and families with tuition assistance. Last year 489 students at 23 schools received grants.

Catholic School Services $200,000: These funds allow the Diocese to support the implementation of the 2014 strategic growth plan, with the goal of revitalizing and strengthening all of our schools.

Youth & Young Adult Ministry $250,000 | 6%
The Office of Youth Ministry equips parishes by providing education and training. Diocesan youth are invited to experience a personal encounter with Christ through retreats, week-long camps, and national conferences.

The Office of Young Adult Ministry offers faith development, fellowship and outreach opportunities to singles, young married couples and young families wishing to live the faith authentically. The office works to cultivate active, thriving parish-based and regional young adult communities.

College Campus Ministry $400,000 | 10%
The diocese has an official Campus Ministry presence at over 21 colleges and universities in South Carolina. Programs help students in their personal, theological, and spiritual growth. The aim is to build personal bridges of faith and provide opportunities for students to experience the Living Lord during this transitional time. Funds support:
  • 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
Ministry & Outreach $850,000 | 21%
Critically important programs and ministries allow us to assist and offer hope to those in both physical and spiritual need. Meaningful work in service to others is being accomplished through:

  • Catechetical and Evangelization Programs
  • Emergency Assistance to Parishes
  • Ethnic Ministries and Programs
  • Pastoral Formation
  • Parish Life Coordinators
  • The Office of Child Protection Services
  • The Office of Family Life
  • The Office of Hispanic Ministry
  • Women Religious Working in Economically Challenged Areas
Options for Giving
Each family, in the spirit of Christian stewardship, is asked to prayerfully consider a contribution in one of the following ways:
  • A ONE-TIME GIFT
  • 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 a pledge card or by going online at www.sccatholic.org. Gifts can be made by Check, Cash, Credit Card, Direct Debit, IRA direct distribution, 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@charlestondiocese.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, 2018.
  • All contributions to the BAA are fully tax-deductible.
Q&A
How does the Diocese operate and what are its sources of income? The Diocese operates on three main sources of funding: 1) The Bishop’s Annual Appeal; 2) Parish Assessments; and 3) Income earned on investments. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal makes up approximately one-third of the overall budget for the Diocese of Charleston.

Why does my parish conduct the Bishop’s Annual Appeal? All 117 parishes and missions of the Diocese partake in the annual appeal. It is through this appeal that many of the programs and ministries we support can be offered in our communities. Without the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, we would not be able to assist our brothers and sisters meaningfully.

Why do we need these ministries and programs? The Catholic Church serves the needs of many people in our local diocese and beyond. While some of these services are offered at the parish level, it is often more effective when many join together in ministry and service of the people of the diocese. Each diocesan ministry exists to support the work of our local parishes.

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal allows us to offer a disciple’s response to the blessings we have been given. Everything we are and everything we have comes from God, and God alone. We must give with grateful hearts.” - The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone