Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Praised be Jesus Christ! The year 2014 was a year of blessings, challenges and opportunities for the Church in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Through your prayers, your participation and your support we were able to face those challenges and embrace those opportunities.
God is good. And God is never outdone in generosity! Now, it is my privilege to present to you the 2015 ADF Archbishop’s Appeal and to ask you for your support.
The theme for the 2015 edition of our annual appeal is “Join Me. Our Mission: Make Disciples!” We are building intentionally on last year’s theme and our mandate to foster discipleship among all the faithful, and along the margins of our communities.
Pope Francis has cautioned us repeatedly about the danger of becoming a Church that is self-referential and inward-looking rather than focused on our mission to share the Good News and form disciples who will transform the world.
Each of us is called by name and sent as a missionary disciple to bear witness to Jesus, who is the Light of the World and the Salt of the Earth. This is our mission, the very essence of what it means to be Catholic.
The Archdiocesan Development Fund is one of the principle means that enables us to fulfill our mandate to “Go, Make Disciples.”
Your gift to the 2015 ADF Archbishop’s Appeal will be used to fund the many ministries and apostolates that are so important for the life of the Church and our mission in central and western Oklahoma. Our ability to carry on the mission that Jesus entrusted to his Church depends to a great extent on your support and the participation of every member of our archdiocesan family.
Our faith, rooted in an encounter with Jesus Christ, and lived out in his Church, finds expression in the way we exercise our stewardship over the many gifts God has entrusted to us. The practice of Christian stewardship expresses our gratitude for all God has given us, especially the gift of his great mercy.
Gratitude moves us to a responsible cultivation and sharing of our God-given gifts and talents so that God may be glorified in all things. Stewardship becomes not only an expression of faith, but a way of life. It is a spirituality that influences every aspect of our lives: how we spend our time, how we use our talents, how we regard our finances.
The ADF Archbishop’s Appeal provides an important means of exercising stewardship of our financial gifts. Here, in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, we carry out our mission through a variety of ministries, programs and services which deepen faith, bring hope, healing and the love of Christ to all persons. The ADF supports these efforts and helps make them possible.
I am grateful to the many individuals and families across central and western Oklahoma who generously support your parishes and the archdiocese through the ADF each year. In order to extend our reach and bring hope to those who live on the margins of our communities, we need to broaden our base of support.
I invite each of you to prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift to support the mission of Christ and his Church in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. The educational, pastoral and apostolic works supported by the ADF touch the lives of every Catholic and every parish within the archdiocese.
Please join me in making a generous gift according to your means and consistent with the blessings you have received.
Know that you and your loved ones are in my prayers. Thank you for all you do to support your parish and our archdiocese. With every good wish, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City