Diocese of Madison Surpasses $30 Million Goal for Seminarian Education

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The Diocese of Madison partners with CCS to raise over $43 million during its first campaign in 50 years.

“I am, of course, grateful for the tremendous financial success of our campaign. But I was pleasantly surprised to see the campaign also become a source of greater unity for our presbyterate and our diocese.

The Diocese of Madison recently completed its first capital campaign in 50 years, raising over $43 million on a $30 million goal and receiving the Total Diocesan Campaign Effort Award at the International Catholic Stewardship Council Annual Conference in November 2015.

CCS is proud to have served as fundraising counsel for this historic effort, Priests for Our Future: The Church is Alive, an unprecedented campaign for both the Diocese and the Catholic Church. The effort’s single case to finance seminarian education received the full support of priests and families throughout the Diocese, with 100% of each parish share up to goal going toward the fund. Parishes that collected funds over goal received a generous rebate to address their own local needs.

“I am, of course, grateful for the tremendous financial success of our campaign, said Bishop Robert C. Morlino, Diocese of Madison. “But I was pleasantly surprised to see the campaign also become a source of greater unity for our presbyterate and our diocese. That was an unexpected and very welcome outcome and CCS played an important role in that, too.”

Between 2004 and 2014, seminarians joining the Diocese increased nearly six fold, from 6 to 33. The Diocese recently ordained the largest class of seminarians in the past 40 years. The new fund will produce enough interest income to cover the Diocese’s annual costs to run its vocations program for many years.

“The campaign’s leading advocates, Bishop Morlino and Msgr. Bartylla, helped make this transformational effort a success,” said Peter Hoskow, Principal and Managing Director, CCS. “Throughout the campaign planning and management stages, it has been CCS’s privilege to get to know each pastor and volunteer and to help their respective parishes achieve the best possible outcome.”

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