10/19/2017 9:00:00 AM
RE-IGNITING OUR FAITH
Campaign will ‘re-ignite’ parishes in Albany Diocese
By Kate Blain
It’s time to address parish needs in a new way, say parish leaders and officials from the Albany Diocese working on the “Re-Igniting Our Faith” campaign.
Now getting underway, the diocesan-wide campaign is more than a financial fundraiser, the officials noted. While the Diocese hopes to raise $45 million by early 2019, 70 percent of that will go back to the parishes to address their needs.
“It’s overdue,” said John Murray of Our Lady of Victory parish in Troy, who’s helping to spearhead the campaign at his parish (see sidebar). “This Church has needs. Other organizations are sophisticated in how they ask donors to support their mission. It’s time our Diocese asked donors to support [the Church’s] mission.”
Parishes may use some funds raised through Re-Igniting Our Faith to address practical concerns like repaving a parking lot or fixing the church organ, said those working on the campaign, but the real goal is to foster dynamic parish communities