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.

St_Pats_Refugee_FamilyIn 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.

Diocesan Projects

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
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Bishop Gary visits the Ahousaht Nation to deliver funds raised in the 2021 Appeal for wellness and healing projects

Tsawout-Big-House - interiorAn interior view of the Tsawout Big House

 

More Good News

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

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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.

 

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Prior Years' Results  

Prior Years' Results (2010 – 2021)

Appeal prior results 2010-2021

Appeal Year
Campaign
Total
# of Pledges
2021 Sprit of Hope, Healing and Reconciliation $885,857 2061
2020 Horizon of Hope $889,915 2165
2019 Imagine $916,265 2492
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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