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I am heartened at how the faithful of the Archdiocese embrace the spirit of unleashing
the Gospel. Through our annual Catholic Services Appeal, we have opened doors
to encounter Jesus as well as to grow with him. This year, our theme emboldens us to
witness Christ through the ministries, programs, and services the CSA funds.
Fully living as a disciple of Jesus Christ requires following his commission to
make disciples — Opening Doors to Witness Christ to others. We accomplish this
when we allow his Good News to inspire joyful words and deeds each day. As we
become conscious witnesses to God’s everlasting mercy, we unleash the Gospel to
everyone we meet.
Each year when we support the CSA, we renew this opportunity to witness Jesus.
The CSA fuels the engine of the Gospel mission of our Archdiocese. Supporting our
annual appeal unites us as a faith community in all of the good works we are able to
provide together. The spirit of joining together to witness Christ in carrying out these
works of mercy is what Pope Francis envisioned when he encouraged us to become a
“joyful band” of missionary disciples.
As you prayerfully consider your pledge to the 2019 CSA, please take a moment
to reflect on the many ways your friends and neighbors are able to witness Christ
because of the many doors we have opened through the CSA. 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