The Annual Diocesan Appeal Supports the People and Parishes IN SOUTHWEST IOWA

2020 Fast Facts

  • The Annual Diocesan Appeal is the major fundraising effort conducted annually throughout our 23-county Diocese with all parishes participating.
  • The Annual Diocesan Appeal ensures the Church’s mission of serving the people of God in southwest Iowa can continue. The ADA helps us encounter Christ, shepherd the faithful, support our local communities of faith and help people in need.
  • Every parish meeting their parish goal has the opportunity to receive 100% of payments received above and beyond their parish goal, free from the Diocesan assessment.
  • Pledges may be paid over 10 months from March through December.
  • Every gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
  • The average gift in 2019 was $396 (as of January, 2020).
  • A total of 10,449 households contributed to the 2019 Appeal (as of January, 2020).
  • We ask that each and every family of our Diocese pray for the success of the Appeal and consider a gift to the Appeal.
  • Every gift matters. No gift is too small!


Your contribution to the Annual Diocesan Appeal makes an impact! This is your faith in action:  

Encountering Christ – ministries that bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all

  • 1,761 new members of the faith through Baptism
  • 1,711 Communicants received the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time
  • 1,533 Confirmands sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • 400 engaged couples undergoing marriage preparation
  • 35,000 households receive the Good News in The Catholic Mirror
  • 6,222 children receive a holistic education in our Catholic Schools
  • 17 Catholic Schools with professional training, supervision and oversight
  • 11,000 children encounter Christ in parish faith formation 

Shepherding the Faithful – supporting our faith leaders

  • 36 retired priests with medical care and retirement income
  • 52 active priests with medical insurance provided exclusively by the Diocese
  • 15 seminarians with formation and tuition expenses
  • 112 Deacons and candidates with training, education and support
  • 19 foreign priests with US Citizenship and immigration services

Supporting Local Communities of Faith – supporting parishes/organizations

  •  80 parishes with ministry and administrative services
  •  40,000 Hispanic Catholics with outreach and ministry needs
  •  21,000 employees and volunteers undergo screening and training to ensure a safe environment for our children
  • 1,765 employees with managed benefit plans

Helping People in Need – ministries that open the door for people to receive God’s mercy

  • $115,000 in local flood relief grants
  • 4 Catholic hospitals offering Mass, Communion and Anointing of the Sick
  • 25,000 individuals served by Catholic Charities
  • 175 refugees resettled as members of the Body of Christ