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My dear friends in Christ,

When Pope Francis initiated the Jubilee Year of Mercy last December, he did so he said “to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to the Church by the Lord on the day of Easter; to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy”. In this Jubilee year when around the globe the Church Universal is steeped in the theme of mercy, we are called by our Holy Father to renew ourselves before God as disciples of His mercy, embracing all of humanity in compassion and love.

One way for us to be an instrument of God’s love which has a very real and broad impact is to make a gift to help support our annual diocesan Bishop’s Appeal which, for the past 61 years, has opened wide the door of mercy to countless thousands. Through the annual Bishop’s Appeal, the people in the parishes of our diocese unite as one to generously provide the financial resources which enable our Diocesan Church to serve and to care for the spiritual and temporal needs of others, especially the poor.

Thanks to your gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal, Catholic Charities is providing essential human services to people in need. Students in our Catholic schools are receiving a first class education grounded in the Gospel values of service to others. Pastoral Center ministries are able to offer a variety of services to support our parish communities in their work to serve the people of God. Your gifts also provide the resources needed to assist those who are called to discern a vocation to the priesthood for our diocese or in consecrated life as a religious sister or brother.

Please take time to review this web site to learn more about the Bishop’s Appeal and how you can make a gift that will have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Thank you and may Almighty God fill your heart with His mercy and love.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Edward B. Scharfenberger D.D.
Bishop of Albany

 

 
 

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