Annual Catholic Appeal

Archbishop Raymond Burke has announced a new name and introduced a new logo for the Archdiocesan Development Appeal. It will now be called the *Annual Catholic Appeal — Serving Others*.

This new name will more clearly identify the nature of the work of the Appeal. The *Annual Catholic Appeal* is a direct appeal to the *Catholic* community. It is our opportunity to join in solidarity once a year through our sacrificial gifts and share our bounty in the spirit of true stewardship with those most in need. It is through the apostolates supported by the Appeal that we are *serving others*.

The Appeal has undergone several name changes since its establishment in 1949. Originally known as the Easter Fund, the Appeal was renamed the Archdiocesan Expansion Fund to raise monies to build new parishes and schools in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1972, in light of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and the focus on the role of the laity in the Church, the name was changed to the Archdiocesan Development Appeal as new efforts were required to meet the Gospel command to serve others.