Message from Bishop Vincke
Dear friends in Christ,
Our diocese is one family. As Kansas Catholics, we are called to share our gifts with each other as we grow in our one faith. YOU make a difference in peoples lives when you support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal – Call to Share.
The annual appeal is a call to share your gifts of treasure in support of diocesan ministries. Your gifts are used to educate our seminarians, provide retirement and healthcare for the clergy who have faithfully served us, support the religious education of our youth, enhance our evangelization and communication efforts, as well as provide various other ministries from the diocese.
As Catholics, as a Church, as a parish, we must recognize Christ’s call to be missionary disciples who witness by faith, hope and love. We express our love of Christ through our charity, our compassion and our willingness to grow in our mission. The appeal is an opportunity to celebrate God’s good gifts with gratitude and generosity.
I am so grateful for our shared faith and belief in the need of our ministries. I am asking you to prayerfully consider a gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal – Call to Share. This year, our goal is to raise $1.85 million. You are important to the ministries this appeal supports and the people it impacts. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity.
In Christ’s service,
Most Reverend Gerald L. Vincke
Bishop of Salina
Use of Gifts
Today, we are blessed with seven men who are discerning a priestly vocation. Each man enters the seminary for six to nine years of education and faith formation. The average yearly cost to educate one seminarian is over $50,000.
Clergy health and retirement: $400,000
Today, there are 16 retired priests in our diocese. Additionally, there are 56 active priests currently serving with the Diocese of Salina. The diocese pays a portion of their healthcare costs beyond what the parish contributes.
Evangelization and ministry: $605,000
In the Diocese of Salina, we have many ministries that equip individuals to evangelize in the practicalities of daily life.
Rural Life Ministry – unites the agricultural leaders of the diocese for fraternity and relation by coordinating opportunities for togetherness, prayer and reflection
Hispanic Ministry – addresses the needs of a strong, emerging community as they adapt to new communities, cultures and environments
Marriage Tribunal – ensures consistent standards are set and maintained in helping families through marriage difficulties or divorce
Communications Office – provides inspiring and timely faith content through multiple print and digital platforms
Office of Worship – creates beautiful opportunities to worship God that are within the directives of the Holy See
Family Life – honors and respects the importance of family as the domestic Church by facilitating events such as the annual men’s conference, marriage anniversary Masses, etc.
The education and formation of children, young adults and adults is a top priority in our diocese.
Youth services – ensuring that our vibrant, young people have access to fraternal gathering rooted in a shared love of Jesus, such as Prayer and Action and Totus Tuus, is essential to the future of our Church
Religious education – providing subsidies to all Catholic schools, as well as training and resources to parish religious education programs so that nearly 6,500 young people have the opportunities to learn more about our great faith
Adult and clergy continuing education – providing classes that enable adults and clergy to continue their pursuit of knowledge of the faith
Diocesan operations: $180,000
The Chancery exists to serve the parishes and lay faithful. A small portion of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal provides for the necessary general operations of the Chancery.
National collections: $30,000
The Catholic faith is universal. We are called to be missionary disciples to people we’ve never even met. One way we do this is through participation in national collections sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.