The annual Charity and Development Appeal that supports individuals and families in need throughout the Diocese of Phoenix gets underway Feb. 8.

Some 30,000 Catholics this year pledged their support to the Diocese of Phoenix Charity and Development Appeal, the lifeblood of some 70 organizations that assists families and individuals in need throughout Arizona.

Funds from the Charity and Development appeal provide crucial funding to parishes and help ensure a Catholic presence on college campuses such as Northern Arizona University.

Three days a week, a driver from the Monsignor Edward J. Ryle Life Center in Phoenix comes to pick up Charles “Chuck” Hanford for a day of activities.

The 2014 Charity and Development Appeal begins Feb. 8-9 in parishes throughout the Diocese of Phoenix.

John Burgess left his home in Wisconsin where he and his wife lived for 34 years to take a job in Arizona, a state he felt would surely run out of water.

Local Catholics gave more than $7.8 million this year to fight poverty, educate students and bolster pro-life efforts through the Charity and Development Appeal.

As the fiscal year comes to an end, the 2013 Charity and Development Appeal is working hard to hit its $8.1 million goal by June 30.

The sacrament of Holy Orders is the culmination of years of study, prayer, sacrifice and dedication. Prior to entering seminary, the men go through a rigorous course of evaluations through the Vocations Office of the diocese.

The Profession of Faith is a central component of the Christian faith. It is both a communal and personal expression of Catholic core beliefs.


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