As I shared in my pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, each and every person in our Archdiocese is called to encounter Jesus anew, to grow daily as his disciple, and to give witness to the power of his mercy. In this spirit, the theme of the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal is Opening Doors to Grow with Christ.
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ requires a constant process of growth, like the seed that fell on rich soil. Christians seek to be more like Jesus, to treat others as he did, to pray as he prayed, to love as he loved, and to honor God in every area of our lives. As the U.S. bishops summarized in their pastoral letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, growing as his disciples demands that we embrace stewardship as a way of life.
Each year, we have the opportunity to grow with Jesus through the CSA. As faithful stewards of God’s grace, we live out the Gospel mission of our Church when we embrace the valuable ministries, programs, and services our annual appeal supports. The CSA unites us as a faith community because no one individual or parish could possibly accomplish alone all of these good works that we are able to do together! Because of the CSA and all of the good it accomplishes, we grow with Jesus to become, in the words of Pope Francis, a “band of joyful missionary disciples.”
As you prayerfully consider your pledge to the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal, please take a moment to read and reflect on the gratitude your friends and neighbors have for the CSA and its many benefactors. I am sure you will be inspired to once again make the most generous gift possible.
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit