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Building Our Family of Faith

A Letter from Our Bishop

Reflecting on the past year as I traveled throughout the Diocese, I have found three themes that are mentioned by our faithful time and time again: their great love for the Church, the love for their priests and parishes, and their great desire that the good work of the Church might be clearly expressed.

As we look around at our local Church, these good works are being carried out every day by our pastors and lay faithful. These works are demonstrated by outreach to the homeless, lay formation programs, youth and youth adult evangelization and seminarian education. The charity that I see in these ministries and many others fills me with true hope and optimism.

A common thread of support for these ministries and so many others is the Annual Diocesan Appeal. This year, we are looking to accomplish three critical goals through the Appeal to productively move our Church forward: Advancing Social Justice, Cultivating Catholic Leadership, and Empowering Parish Communities.

It is my prayerful hope that you will join me in supporting these initiatives so we, as one body of Christ, can fulfill the promise of the future.

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Barry C. Knestout
Diocese of Richmond

More information about appeal can be obtained through Annual Diocesan Appeal Website

Thank you.

The Catholic Community Foundation


The Catholic Community Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation fully endorsed by the Diocese of Richmond and its Bishop. It is committed to raising, managing and distributing charitable funds to meeting the diverse needs of the people and communities comprising the 33,000 square miles of the Diocese. The Foundation will be overseen by a Board of Directors and will be subject to an independent annual audit by certified public accountants.

Mission of the Foundation

The mission of the Catholic Community Foundation is to build a dynamic force of Catholic philanthropy in the Diocese of Richmond that enables donors to make a significant impact in the lives of others by helping to perpetuate the work of its parishes, schools and ministries. By providing major endowment gifts, bequests, charitable gift annuities, trusts and/or other legacy gifts through the Foundation, donors build long-term financial stability for the Catholic causes they hold dear while making a profound impact on the future generations of our Church.

Creating a Perpetual Endowment Fund

There are several different types of endowed funds that may be established to sustain and advance the mission of the Church. The nature of a traditional endowment fund is that it is perpetual. With that in mind, distributions to the intended beneficiary and for the intended purpose from the fund are made from growth and earnings. The original principal of the fund will not be invaded to make distributions. Endowment funds can be established for a parish, school and/or Diocesan ministry and individuals can establish an endowed fund in their name or the name of a loved one.

The Living Our Mission Campaign

The Living Our Mission Campaign will begin to build endowed funds in the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond. Funds will be created through the campaign case for support for seminarian formation, clergy advanced education, youth, young adult and campus ministry, social ministry outreach, and mission parishes.

Parishes are encouraged to designate some of their share of campaign proceeds to initiate a parish endowment fund in the Foundation. Legacy gifts will be encouraged from parish leaders during the active phase of the parish campaign and steps will be taken to organize efforts to promote legacy giving throughout the parish after the active campaign. Legacy gifts are often the largest gifts that individuals can contribute. These efforts will have a transformational impact on parish mission in the future.

Individuals can establish funds in their own name or in the name of a loved one with a total pledge of at least $50,000 and an initial contribution of at least $10,000. These funds can be designated for parishes and can also be named by the donor for Catholic mission and ministry within and beyond the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.

Lumen Christi Legacy Society

Lumen Christi is Latin for Light of Christ. It calls each Catholic to allow the light of Christ given to them at Baptism to live on through them as a light to the world by their final and faithful generosity. The Catholic Community Foundation will encourage every Catholic to consider how they can make a legacy gift as a final act of faith, a demonstration of love for God and others, and a witness to those who live on. The Lumen Christi Legacy Society is a way to express gratitude to every legacy contributor and to champion the blessing of legacy giving to all members of the Church.