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Catholics opened their hearts and pledged more than $4.7 million to the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal to support the work of diocesan ministries and offices in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, surpassing last year’s target by almost $382,000.
The appeal’s success came even though its same pool of potential donors also gave more than $31 million to Sustaining Hope for the Future, a campaign aimed at helping the Diocese of Wilmington to get back on its feet following the 2011 bankruptcy settlement that resolved 150 claims of survivors of sexual abuse by priests.
“We’ve been very blessed,” Bishop Malooly said last week. He was announcing the response to the ambitious Sustaining Hope for the Future capital campaign launched by the diocese in 2013.
The pledged total is now $31,074,000, more than $3 million over the campaign’s target, $28 million.
“This is a real tribute to the people and the pastors” of the diocese, Bishop Malooly said.
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