The Future of the Church is in Your HandsThe Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference's Fundraising Campaign

The Southern African Catholic Bishops have launched a dedicated fundraising campaign to support the work of the Church in the Conference territory.

Although the campaign has officially been launched in our parishes, find below the Bishops letter introducing the campaign.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Firstly let me thank you for your continued support and commitment to the Church. I want you to know that your personal sacrifice makes a difference and helps the Church to minister to the Catholic population in Southern Africa.

I know that you appreciate the presence of the priest in your parish, and the sisters and the great work they do for you. But there are others working for you in the Church that you don’t see, those who provide support assistance to the priest and the sisters. This support comes from the people working for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) in Pretoria and throughout Southern Africa.

The SACBC was set up and is run by your bishops and supports a range of activities and services including Evangelisation and Catechetics, HIV/AIDS work, Justice and Peace, Liturgy, Youth work, Communication and Media, the training of priests, Catholic healthcare and education.

All these people work for you, to support your priests, to train future priests and encourage the growth and development of our Church in Southern Africa. But in order to continue and grow our Church, the SACBC now calls for a special commitment from you.

We want to raise a minimum of 50 million Rand to maintain and grow the Church. It sounds like a lot of money, but if only half a million Catholics (500 000) give just R100 each, or if 100 000 give R500 each we will have achieved our goal.

Why should you commit to this campaign? Because the money will be placed in a special Foundation to ensure that your children and grandchildren are able to receive the same benefits of our Church in the future! Only the interest earned on this money will be used to assist with the running of the Catholic Church and your diocese.

I urge you to join this campaign by contributing generously in any of the following ways:

- cash contribution of R100 or more
- by cheque, made payable to the SACBC Foundation
- by an online payment or bank transfer
- leave the Foundation some money as a bequest in your will as a lasting gift to the Church

In appreciation of your contribution, on the 15th August every year your bishop will celebrate a Mass for your special intentions. I also undertake to let you know when the target has been reached and report, each year, what interest the Foundation has generated and where these funds have been allocated.


Yours in Christ,

Fr Vincent Brennan
Secretary General