Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Modeling our lives after Jesus’ example of love, we are able to multiply the good in the world. Being Catholic is not just a title, not something to do or a place to go; it is the essence of who we are. Jesus Christ is the common thread that binds us all—our parents and grandparents, our children and grandchildren, you, me and each one of us. We embody every race and ethnicity, old and young, men and women, poor and rich. From Key West to north Broward, with more than 1.3 million in our family, we are united in Him. We are the Archdiocese of Miami.
For centuries, the Catholic Church has performed more works of charity than any other organization in the world. Why? Because God is love, and through that powerful statement, He teaches us that it is in giving that we receive. His message is simple—to love God above all else and to love others. It is through His love that I seek your help. You are the answer to someone’s prayers, and together, we are changing lives.
The Archdiocese of Miami, through the Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD), opens the door for us all to unite as one community of believers to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and bring hope to those in need. United, we feed the hungry, cloth the poor, care for the sick and dying, and touch the hearts of those in despair. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we nourish and educate our children, both spiritually and intellectually. We assist the poorest of our parishes and schools so that all persons may encounter Jesus Christ. We provide shelter for the homeless. As Catholics, we consistently defend and respect the dignity of all human life, work to eliminate prejudice, and promote social justice. We journey together by sharing in the sacraments—from baptism to receiving the Eucharist, to confirmation and penance, to marriage and anointing the sick. And this year, we are blessed with sixty-five men studying in our seminaries answering their call to the priesthood to become shepherds of Christ here in south Florida. You make all this possible.
I pray that you will join me in making a gift to this year’s ABCD so that I… you… and we can continue to carry out the good works of Jesus Christ. I ask that you please give from the heart, and be assured that God will fill it. United in Christ’s love, We are One: One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity.
I am truly grateful for all that you do—not only is it meaningful to me, but it is also life changing for those in need. Your faithful support is a true blessing. God bless you and your loved ones.
With sincere gratitude and hope,
Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski,