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“TO TEACH WHO CHRIST IS” CAMPAIGN BEGINS WITH DOZENS OF PARTICIPATING PARISHES
Parish Fund-Raising Effort is for Catholic Education and Faith Formation

Chicago, IL (July 2, 2013) – Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, General Chair of the To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, announced today that more than forty parishes in Chicago and suburban Lake and Cook counties will be the first participants in the major fund-raising effort for Catholic education and faith formation in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Over the next six months, this first wave of parishes will each launch their own initiative.  Sixty-percent of the funds raised by parishes will remain with each individual parish and forty-percent will be distributed through the Archdiocese.  

All 356 Archdiocesan parishes will conduct their own To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign.  During the next three years, each Archdiocesan household will be given the opportunity to consider a commitment to the parish-based campaign, structured to create significant financial support to Catholic schools, religious education for children and teens, adult faith formation and capital needs for parishes and schools. 
 
The Campaign seeks to raise $350 million through both a $100 million major gift initiative and a $250 million parish-based effort. The major gift portion of the Campaign has already raised 82.5 percent of its goal, which will help to create a Scholarship Trust to assist Catholic families that could otherwise not afford a Catholic education for their children.

More information about the Campaign is available at www.ToTeachWhoChristIs.org.

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