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Archbishop's Annual Appeal News

Laity Shine Light on Annual Appeal
(February 2016)Ellen and Bill

by Erik Zygmont

(reprinted with permission from the Catholic Review)

The title of the 2016 Archbishop's Annual Appeal “A Light Brightly Visible,” describes the faith of its Co-Chairs, Dr. Ellen Yankellow and William Chapman, her husband. 

“I see faith as a gift,” Yankellow said. “We live it and love giving back.”

The Appeal’s title also recalls “a kind of very ancient image of the church that was referred to during the Second Vatican Council,” explained Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, who used it on his June 2015 pastoral letter.

The light is Christ, the Archbishop said, and “it becomes brightly visible through the church and her ministries.”

Yankellow and Chapman attest to that as parishioners of the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier in Hunt Valley.

“Our goal is to get as many individuals and parishes involved to embrace the Appeal and to understand that funds raised go to the missions of the parishes and helping those less fortunate,” Yankellow said.

They are the first members of the laity to Chair the Appeal.

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Archbishop Lori Launches 2016 Archbishop's Annual Appeal.
(January 2016)

2016 Theme PhotoMost Reverend William E. Lori is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. The theme of this year’s Appeal, A Light Brightly Visible, was taken from Archbishop Lori's recent pastoral letter of the same name.  It is a particularly appropriate theme as the Archbishop's Annual Appeal offers all of us an opportunity to join together to share the light of Christ with others.

Please join your fellow parishioners, those from other parishes across our great Archdiocese, and all other members of our rich Community of Faith, as we strive to help one another with the assistance of the many blessings made possible through the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.

Providing substantial support for our parishes as well as for a wide array of initiatives including tuition assistance, Catholic Charities and a host of other evangelizing ministries, the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is crucial to the continued survival of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and responsible for many of our successes as we strive to reflect the light of our Lord's encompassing love to all we meet.

To learn more about whom the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal serves, what ministries it helps fund, or if you have questions on how to support the Appeal through gifts of your time and/or treasure, please tour this website, contact your parish directly or call our Development team at 410-547-5356.