The Annual Bishop's Appeal is now the

One in Hope, One in Mission: Annual Diocesan Appeal

2023 Appeal Details Coming Soon

The Annual Diocesan Appeal continues to provide resources for Catholic Charities outreach within the diocese and to support the faith of all parishioners through our many diocesan ministries.


Dear Friends in Christ,

It is that time of year for us as a local Church to be reminded of our shared responsibility to participate in and support the mission of the Church in the six counties of our diocese. One of the ways that we share in this effort is through our involvement with the Annual Bishop’s Appeal.

After much prayer and discussion in an attempt to highlight the needs and works of our diocesan community, we have changed the Annual Bishop’s Appeal to the Annual Diocesan Appeal with a new theme: One in Hope, One in Mission. The causes the Appeal supports remain the same: to provide resources for Catholic Charities outreach within the diocese and to support the faith of all parishioners through our many diocesan ministries.

Last year, Catholic Charities nurtured hope for nearly 35,000 people within our six counties, and the need for hope continues to be greater than ever. Jesus reminds us of our responsibility to reach out in faith to our brothers and sisters suffering from physical, emotional, and spiritual poverty. Catholic Charities goes to the peripheries to extend the love and compassion of Jesus, which promotes healing and restores hope.

Your support will also allow us to advance the mission of Jesus into the future by sharing his Good News through parishes who evangelize with renewed energy and utilize dynamic communication. It will allow us to build upon our history through diocesan archives, invest in seminarians and lay ministers, and bring new life to Hispanic ministry, marriage and family ministry, and so many more.

We cannot truly unite in hope and mission without the proper resources to do so. To help us bring hope to the hopeless and carry out the mission of Jesus, I humbly ask you to make a gift to our Annual Diocesan Appeal.

I thank you for your commitment to the hope and mission of Jesus Christ by your gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal and I invite you to pray with me “That all may be one.”

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend David J. Bonnar
Bishop of Youngstown

Your Gift Impacts . . .

60% Catholic Charities efforts in ministering to 35,000 individuals and families through:

  • Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County
  • Catholic Charities Regional Agency (Columbiana, Mahoning, Trumbull counties)
  • Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties
  • Hispanic Ministry
  • Prison Ministry
  • Catholic Charities Diocesan Offices


40% Diocesan Ministries, enriching the faith lives of 60,000 families throughout the diocese through:

  • Communications and Social Media
  • Missionary Discipleship
  • Vocations and Seminary Formation
  • Diocesan Archives
  • Office of Catholic Schools
  • Faith Formation & Lay Ecclesial Ministry
  • Lay Ministry Formation
  • Pro-Life, Marriage, and Family Ministry
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministry
  • And more! 
How to Make a Gift


Click the MAKE A GIFT button.

By mail or at Mass
Download the Commitment Card and mail or return in your parish’s offertory collection using the envelope provided.

Stock donations
Contact the Office of Development & Stewardship at 330-744-8451, x298.

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution
Donors age 70 ½ and older may qualify to make a charitable gift directly from an IRA to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Consult with your tax advisor to find out if this option is right for you, then contact the Office of Development & Stewardship at 330-744-8451, x298. 

Giving Circles

Show your commitment to the hope and mission of Jesus Christ through membership in a giving circle:

Mission Makers Circle

Circle of Hope

Circle of Discipleship

Circle of Charity

Circle of Compassion

Sustainers Circle
Sustainers commit to ongoing automatic weekly, monthly, or quarterly gifts online. 

One in Hope, One in Mission

Your gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal supports these causes and more:


Maryssa and her husband recently moved to Portage County with their five children. When Maryssa became pregnant with their sixth, she turned to Catholic Charities for essentials, including diapers, wipes, and food. Catholic Charities even assisted the family with Christmas gifts for the children during their time of need


Roberta Muoio is a pastoral associate at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Canton, and her formation through various Diocesan ministries has helped her in her own ministry to parish families. She has attended numerous retreats, in-services, speakers, and webinars, and thanks to these diocesan ministries, she has been able to provide parishioners the opportunity to journey towards a deeper and more enriching faith.


Tony started raising his son on his own after his wife’s sudden death. When a freak accident left Tony with temporary blindness, he was unable to care for his son and eventually lost his job. A Catholic Charities caseworker in Trumbull County provided Tony with food assistance, helped him file for unemployment benefits, and worked out a plan with his landlord to keep Tony and his son in their home. When Tony’s sight was restored through a series of medical treatments, he returned to Catholic Charities to tell his caseworker, “Only one person cared enough to find a way to help me, and that was you.”


Margie Hynes is a religious education consultant with the diocesan Office of Faith Formation & Lay Ecclesial Ministry. One of her main duties is overseeing the expansive library collection at the diocesan central offices in Youngstown. “It is a privilege to provide Catholic resources for anyone to learn more about their faith and support ministries in their parishes,” said Margie.


After being physically assaulted by her husband, Terri gathered her two children and drove to a local church. The pastor gave Terri the phone number for Christina House, a Catholic Charities domestic violence shelter in Columbiana County. The program provided Terri with a safe shelter, counseling, safety planning and a legal advocate.

Parish Toolkit and Updates


Beginning the weekend of February 18th & 19th, the Diocese of Youngstown will celebrate the last weekend of Ordinary Time before we enter the season of Lent. It is also the weekend that we as a diocesan family come together to assure the continued work of Charity and the ministries of the Church through our commitment to the Annual Diocesan Appeal: One in Hope, One in Mission. While donors to the appeal in previous years will begin receiving information throughout the early weeks of February, the official Announcement Weekend is February 18th & 19th. The three weekends to follow will be our Commitment Weekends. As with the most recent years, our goal will be $4,000,000. We are confident that with everyone working together, we will be able to achieve our goal. Please make sure to check your emails, along with the diocesan website –, as information and materials develop. United, may we truly be a people of Hope and Mission in our world.