How does the Diocese operate and what are its sources of income?
The diocese operates on three main sources of funding: 1) Funds from the Bishop's Annual Appeal 2) Funds received from parish assessments 3) Funds from income earned on investments. The Bishop's Annual Appeal makes up approximately one-third of the overall budget for the Diocese of Charleston.
All 115 parishes and missions of the diocese partake in this annual appeal. It is through this appeal that many of the programs supported by the Diocese can be offered in our communities today. Without the Bishop's Annual Appeal, thousands of families who rely on support from these programs would go without.
We are a growing diocese: the number of registered families has increased by 25% over the last ten years. This growth presents new challenges and increased needs, particularly in Catholic education and campus ministry. With an increase in funding, we are able to invest substantial resources into programs such as Catholic education and campus ministry, as well as Priest retirement, Catholic Charities, and several other important ministries