In 1990, Dallas had a Catholic population of less than 250,000, the diocese was comprised of 73 parishes. Today, we are bursting with over 1.2 million Catholics living in North Texas and represent the largest denomination in Dallas. We have 77 parishes, with the majority of them in need of additional priests and seminarian assistance. St Ann for example has over 8,000 families and only 3 priests to serve all the needs.
The solution to poverty is education, not indifference because our parish doesn’t have a school or we aren’t helping our own. Our faith calls us to action for those less fortunate than us, even outside our St. Ann Parish.
From a St. Ann perspective, 1/3 of Mary Immaculate School students who attend are from St Ann families. If St Ann were to open a school, the result could very well damage the financial stability of Mary Immaculate, The Highlands’ School, and various other Catholic schools in the North Texas area St. Ann Parishioners attend.
Religious Education: One quarter of the money for Parishes will go towards faith formation to benefit St. Ann and all parishes in the diocese.
Physical Needs: While we are immensely blessed at St. Ann, we still have need for growth and change like other parishes in the Diocese. This campaign will not only help St. Ann better utilize space for more meeting rooms, parking and etc, but help those parishes less fortunate to make needed improvements, repairs and renovations.
Back in 2007, when Kevin Farrell, first became the Bishop of Dallas, the Holy Trinity Seminary School had 18 students enrolled. Due to Bishop Farrell’s vision and commitment to educating young men for priesthood, today we are at full capacity, 80 students. It costs the diocese $50,000 a year to educate these fine young men. We must support the growth and development of our future priests.
· Dallas Diocese, est.1890. Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe cathedral dedicated, 1902.
· Second largest Catholic Church membership in the United States. Its average Sunday attendance is 11,200.
· Exterior is crumbling and desperately needs repair to maintain the integrity of the brick exterior.
In honor of the love, wisdom and efforts Msgr. Broderick gave to Catholic Charities over the years, we are called, as parishioners of St. Ann to loving support this wonderful branch of the church. While we may be blessed, there are many who couldn’t get by without the support of Catholic Charities. 4100 volunteers served 70k clients and 96k meals and offered 10k legal/immigration service consultations.
Our Parish is a part of this larger Dallas diocesan family! We want to be a part of this amazing adventure of growth in the Dallas Diocese. Please lend your support to this diocesan campaign. As we have been blessed, let us act as stewards by supporting the Our Faith…Our Future Campaign to ensure the Church’s presence in the lives of our children and grandchildren.