Today we are beginning Our Catholic Appeal, an annual opportunity to support the ministries of our diocese. During this unprecedented time, when so much has been and remains uncertain, your unwavering faith has demonstrated your continuing dedication to your own journey of discipleship as well as our Holy Catholic Church. Thanks to your gifts, the Diocese of Orlando is able to provide resources and services to our parish and to every Catholic parish and school in Central Florida, even in the midst of these unprecedented times. Some examples include educating 22 Seminarians in Formation, enriching over 58,000 adults and children in faith formation and sacramental preparation and supporting more than 75,000 people with food, housing, healthcare, and adoption services.
I thank all of you who have given to Our Catholic Appeal in past years. I thank you for your faithful response. We understand that each of us has been affected by the circumstances of the past year so please know that we are praying for you, and we are here to support you however we can. I simply ask that you join us in prayer and unity.