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The Catholic Faith Appeal (CFA) of the Diocese of Venice is one way to sow generously and aid in the reaping of a bountiful harvest in your life. Through your support, the Diocese is able to provide many of the ministries and programs. By means of these many efforts to sow seeds in the field of the Lord, the joy of the Gospel is shared and witnessed throughout the Diocese of Venice. The CFA supports Diocesan outreach programs and initiatives, among which are included: children being educated in Catholic Schools and Parish Religious Education Programs; those who suffer with HIV/AIDS being provided nutrition; elderly, vulnerable, and marginalized being housed and cared for; seminarians being formed and prepared for priesthood; people of all ages being drawn closer to Christ; and much more.
Some Ministries & Programs include:
CATHOLIC CHARITIES is a leading provider of social services in Southwest Florida and holds the esteemed four star rating from Charity Navigator. The programs of Catholic Charities serve more than 40,000 individuals and families annually. Ninety-one ($0.91) cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programming. Catholic Charities serves ALL in need regardless of race, nationality, or creed.
OUTREACH: Professional counseling services to families and individuals in crisis; • One of the largest human trafficking victim assistance programs in Florida; • Over 35,000 hot meals annually at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in Immokalee; • Oversite of nearly 1,000 units of low income housing for those in need; • Compassionate and supportive services to individuals with HIV/AIDS; • Housing assistance and social programs through “Our Mother’s House,” which has cared for over 500 homeless mothers and children over the years; • Family reunification services to immigrants and refugees with the opportunity to live and work in the United States; • Food, clothing, financial assistance, and prescription medications to those most in need; • Vulnerable female and male youth with inspiring and professional mentoring programs; • Classes in home ownership and foreclosure prevention as well as housing counseling; • A homeless shelter for children and families as well as transitional housing; • Long-term disaster recovery services.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION in the Diocese of Venice is focused on providing a superior, well-rounded, academic experience that is rooted in the teachings of Christ. Serving over 4,200 students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, the Office provides leadership for ten elementary/middle schools, one special needs school, three high schools, and one PK-12 academy.
THE OFFICE OF VOCATIONS seeks to promote and raise awareness for young men and women about the vocational calling to the priesthood and religious life. The office evaluates candidates and oversees their training and formation.
How are the funds distributed?
Ministry, Outreach, and Service 38.9% Evangelization • Youth & Young Adult Outreach • Caritas • Respect Life Department • Peace and Social Justice Office • Office of Worship • Parish Services • Hispanic Apostolate • Prison Ministry • Catholic Center • Marriage Tribunal • Inter-Religious Affairs and Ecumenism • Bishop’s Office and Episcopal Duties • Marriage Preparation • Family Life Outreach • Haitian Apostolate • Campus Ministry • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center
Catholic Education 21.1% Catholic Schools Department • Religious Education Office • Catholic School Subsidy
Catholic Charities 16.7%
Vocations and Clergy Support 8.8% Seminary Education and Formation • Permanent Diaconate • Diaconate Formation • Continuing Education for Clergy • Office of Religious Life
Support of 20 Poor Parishes, Missions & Convents 14.4%
If you would like to give to the Diocese of Venice CFA Fund, there are 2 ways:
If you would like even more information, please visit the Diocese of Venice website at DOV CFA.