DETROIT (WWJ) – The Archdiocese of Detroit has kicked off a fundraiser with a lofty goal — to raise $135 million in five years. Archbishop Allen Vigneron launched the effort, Tuesday morning, at Holy Cross Church in Marine City.
Will the campaign hit its mark? Archdiocese spokesman Bill Blual believes so.
“We’re very optimistic about hitting the goal, and that’s because we’ve done a pilot program in 18 parishes through the six counties and the Archdiocese of Detroit,” said Blual, adding that that pilot raised nearly 90 percent of its $11.7 million goal.
Blual told WWJ the plan is to use 70 percent of the money raised in local parishes.
“Parishes need to be strengthened in the Archdiocese of Detroit,” said Blual. “Many parishes have postponed or foregone matinence, many have pooressing ne eds to expand ministries,” he said.
Blual said the rest of the money raised will go toward helping families pay for catholic school, educating catholic priests and strengthening parish-based ministries.