Celebrating Success: 2021 Report
Local Parish Projects
The 2021 Bishop’s Appeal, Spirit of Hope—Healing and Reconciliation, collected $886,000 in donations. Each year, at least twenty percent of Appeal proceeds are returned to parishes. In 2021, $64,000 was spent on Appeal related expenses and $206,000 was given to parishes who used their portions in meaningful ways.
In 2021, St. Patrick’s Parish in Victoria sponsored a refugee family. They are pictured here: from left to right, Sabah, Yousif, Wafaa, Lina and Margireet.
One hundred percent of the net Appeal proceeds in 2021 went towards healing and reconciliation projects. These included:
- $511,000 for Indigenous directed health and wellness projects
- $75,000 for Cowichan Valley and West Coast Ministry Religious Sisters Outreach
- $30,000 for the Tsawout First Nation “Raise the Big House” Project
Bishop Gary visits the Ahousaht Nation to deliver funds raised in the 2021 Appeal for wellness and healing projects
An interior view of the Tsawout Big House
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Ongoing Indigenous Support for 2021 and beyond
The Diocese of Victoria is dedicated to ongoing healing and reconciliation with Indigenous partners. Separate from the funds raised by donations during the Appeal, the Diocese has dedicated an additional $737,000 of Diocesan funds for Indigenous projects:
- $9,000 to hold Returning to Spirit workshops in the Diocese
- $181,000 for the Clayoquot/Ahousaht Mission
- $547,000 to establish an ongoing Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Reserve
Members of the Diocese of Victoria participating in Returning to Spirit's "Roots of Reconciliation" workshop
The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund
In 2021, the Canadian Bishops announced the establishment of a $30 million Indigenous Reconciliation Fund. All the proceeds that are raised will be dedicated to local Indigenous programs and initiatives.
The Diocese of Victoria contributed $1,250,000 towards this fund, which was raised by the sale of a residential property that was being held to build a bishop’s residence. The Diocese of Victoria does not hold many surplus properties, but taking a tangible and concrete action was a realistic and expedient way to satisfy the financial commitments and not burden individual parishioners with addition special collections or financial requests.
The Diocese of Victoria Indigenous Reconciliation Fund Committee is now accepting and reviewing applications from groups that wish to access these funds.
Prior Years' Results (2010 – 2021)
# of Pledges
|2021||Sprit of Hope, Healing and Reconciliation||$885,857||2061|
|2020||Horizon of Hope||$889,915||2165|
|2018||Serve One Another||$926,029||2,579|
|2017||Grateful to God ... Generous to Neighbour||$1,043,893||2,811|
|2016||Rock the Mission!||$1,301,045||2,844|
|2015||i share, we care||$918,835||2,659|
|2014||As a Family, As a Church||$856,854||2,434|
|2013||In Proportion to our Blessings||$772,910||2,238|
|2012||Forward with Courage||$844,205||2,367|
|2011||On Our Way||$1,078,372||2,580|
|2010||Journey of Hearts & Hands||$1,214,140||2,455|
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