2021 Bishop's Annual Appeal



Bishop’s Annual Appeal


The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is a primary source of funding to help sustain and expand ministries in the 94 parishes, 20 missions, and 34 Catholic schools and agencies throughout the diocese. As stewards of God’s gifts, you are asked to support the needs of our diocese through your PRAYERS. You are also asked to share your gifts and talents by PARTICIPATING in parish or diocesan ministries. Finally, all members of our diocese are invited to grow in GENEROSITY by making a sacrificial gift through a pledge or a one-time donation.


Your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal helps to sustain Catholic schools, parishes, programs of religious education and campus ministry, and initiatives to foster vocations as well as respect for life. Additionally, through its support of Catholic Charities, the Appeal serves people in South Carolina and abroad whose lives are affected by natural disasters, illnesses, hunger, and economic hardship.

Bishop’s Prayer

Loving and merciful God, You gave us Jesus, Your only Son, to be our Savior, Redeemer, Brother, and Friend.

Inspire us with the gift of Your Holy Spirit, to recall our baptismal promise to be like Christ, by sharing our gifts of time, talent, and treasure with our brothers and sisters in need.

As we undertake our annual appeal, “Walk Humbly with Your God,” we ask for Your guidance as we strive to fulfill these promises that we offer up to You.

Give us the grace and understanding to carry out Your will as we faithfully continue Christ’s mission here in South Carolina.

With Mary, we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

St. Ann's Parish Response to the Bishop's Annual Appeal

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 13, 2021

As of the end of May, Saint Ann’s has collected $16,310.00 (representing 90.48% of our goal collected, representing 15.67% (47 families) of our parishioners making pledges and donations." To read Fr. Noel's update to our St. Ann Parish families on the annual Bishop's appeal, included in the June 13th weekly church bulletin, click here...

Third Sunday of Easter

April 18, 2021

"Thanks to your efforts throughout this first quarter, we are chipping away at the $4,000,000 diocesan overall goal for the 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal!"

As of the end of March 2021, Saint Ann’s has collected $10,545.00 (representing 58.50% of our goal collected, with $1,745.00 of those pledges outstanding) against our annual goal of $18,026.00 with 38 St. Ann families making pledges and donations.


Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 21, 2021

"Thank you all for the effort put forth during the annual February rollout of the 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Through the end of February 2021, the diocese had collected $1,422,657 on our diocesan goal of $4,000,000."

To date, Saint Ann’s has collected $6,210.00, representing 34.45% (of our goal collected, with $1,800 in those pledges outstanding) against our annual goal of $18,026.00 with 21 families making pledges and donations.

We have 250 families here at Saint Ann’s.  Two targets we have in reaching our goal of $18,026.00 this year is to strive to achieve 100% of our parish goal with a parish participation of 100% at any level of contribution of all families.  

Thank you for your continued support of the 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.


The Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) funds the work of our 96 parishes, 21 missions, 34 Catholic schools, and multiple agencies. Prayers and financial support help us to offer hope and reveal Christ’s love to other


Who You Will Help

Responding with Love

Catholic Charities $950,000 | 24%

The mission of Catholic Charities is to love, serve and teach. Care and assistance is offered in a dignified manner to those in need. The “hand up, not hand out” approach includes direct services, consultation, education and advocacy. Catholic Charities models the hands and heart of Christ in the work that they do.

  • An Assisted-Living Facility (Carter May Home)

  • Counseling Services

  • Dental & Wellness Care (Save-a-Smile)

  • Emergency Financial Assistance

  • Food Pantries

  • Immigration Services

  • Laundry and Shower Facilities (Clean of Heart)

  • Pregnancy Case Management

  • Prison Ministry

  • Response Preparedness

  • Senior Care Management

Honoring our Servants

Vocations $750,000 | 19%

The Office of Vocations seeks to nurture the call of men to the priesthood and women to consecrated life by reaching out to those who may be called by the Holy Spirit.


The Diocese of Charleston supports the formation of 25 seminarians and discerners at five different seminaries as well as other discerners. The Diocese is responsible for the cost of their education and formation, which averages $42,000 per year, per seminarian. We also provide a measure of support to those studying through seminarian orders.

Permanent Diaconate: 

The Office of the Diaconate, together with Saint Leo University and priests, deacons and religious of our diocese, provides education, instruction, and training for those studying to become deacons, as well as the continuing education of permanent deacons. We currently have 134 ordained deacons and 32 retired deacons serving our Diocese. 29 candidates are currently in the diaconate formation program and 17 men are currently discerning.

Continuing Formation: 

Funds help provide priests with opportunities to continue their formation through retreats, graduate courses and supplemental training.


Retired Priests $75,000 | 2%The priests of our diocese have given a lifetime of service and sacrifice to our diocesan family. We currently provide monthly retirement pensions and healthcare support to 22 priests; that number is projected to rise to 34 by 2027. Many of our retired priests continue to serve in parish ministries throughout our diocese. This fund is currently healthy due to wise investment practices over the years.


Sharing the Mission

Catholic Schools $725,000 | 18%

Guidance, support and training is provided so that the 28 Catholic elementary and 4 diocesan high schools can cultivate students with strong character, creating good citizens in environments centered in faith. Strong moral teaching and excellent academics allow us to serve as a beacon of hope in communities.

Catholic School Grants $325,000: 

We offer grants to help our Catholic schools provide tuition assistance, deal with financial emergencies, obtain educational supplies and equipment, and support professional development. $150,000 is set aside for grade schools and $175,000 for Diocesan high schools.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Endowment $200,000: 

Income from this $3,100,000 fund directly supports Catholic elementary schools and families with tuition assistance. Last year 489 students at 23 schools received grants.

Catholic School Services $200,000:

These funds allow the Diocese to support the implementation of the 2014 strategic growth plan, with the goal of revitalizing and strengthening all of our schools.


Youth & Young Adult Ministry $250,000 | 6%

The Office of Youth Ministry equips parishes by providing education and training. Diocesan youth are invited to experience a personal encounter with Christ through retreats, week-long camps, and national conferences.

The Office of Young Adult Ministry offers faith development, fellowship and outreach opportunities to singles, young married couples and young families wishing to live the faith authentically. The office works to cultivate active, thriving parish-based and regional young adult communities.


College Campus Ministry $400,000 | 10%

The diocese has an official Campus Ministry presence at over 21 colleges and universities in South Carolina. Programs help students in their personal, theological, and spiritual growth. The aim is to build personal bridges of faith and provide opportunities for students to experience the Living Lord during this transitional time. Funds support:

  • Professional Campus Ministry personnel

  • New Liturgical Vessels and Books for MassStipends to Campus Ministers

  • Campus Ministry Conferences and Associations

  • Training for Campus Ministers and Student Leaders

  • Start-up and Special Project CostsPrint Materials and Technology

  • Student Retreat Opportunities

  • Spaces to serve as Campus Ministry Student Centers

Ministry & Outreach $850,000 | 21%

Critically important programs and ministries allow us to assist and offer hope to those in both physical and spiritual need. Meaningful work in service to others is being accomplished through:

  • Catechetical and Evangelization Programs

  • Emergency Assistance to Parishes

  • Ethnic Ministries and Programs

  • Pastoral Formation

  • Parish Life Coordinators

  • The Office of Child Protection Services

  • The Office of Family Life

  • The Office of Hispanic MinistryWomen Religious Working in Economically Challenged Areas

Options for Giving

Each family, in the spirit of Christian stewardship, is asked to prayerfully consider a contribution in one of the following ways:


  • A PLEDGE that is payable over ten months

  • An AUTOMATICALLY RECURRING GIFT that continues until you elect otherwise (must be fulfilled electronically).

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is supported by the Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement in the Diocese of Charleston.

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Contact Us:

St. Ann Catholic Church

Fr. Noel P. Tria, Pastor

113 South Kemp Street

Florence, S.C. 29506

843.661.5012 Telephone

843.673.2680 Fax

Barbara Lewis, Business Administrator

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