Catholics' commitments top $3M for campaign

YOUNGSTOWN -- Catholics in the Diocese of Youngstown made commitments exceeding $3.27 million in the "Today's Sacrifice ... Tomorrow's Church" capital campaign.
An additional $5.4 million was raised by eight parishes conducting piggyback campaigns designated for parish purposes such as construction or renovation.
The diocese is made up of Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Ashtabula, Portage and Stark counties.
Of the money committed, $21,162,514 was designated for the diocesan portion of the campaign. This included endowment funds for Catholic schools, Catholic Charities, diocesan ministries and seminarian support.
Funding for restoration of St. Columba Cathedral and renovation of Our Lady of the Woods Pastoral Center also were part of this effort.
Finally, $4 million of the $21 million was designated for the 2005 Annual Appeal that was not conducted in 2005 because of the capital campaign but will resume this year. The Annual Appeal supports current operations.
Money committed for parish needs totaled $17,377,278 and will be earmarked for needs identified at local parishes. Included in this number is the $5.4 million for parishes conducting piggyback campaigns.
Pat Palombo, diocesan director of development and stewardship, coordinated the campaign. Bishop Benedict C. Franzetta, retired auxiliary bishop, was honorary chairman. Bishop Franzetta assumed that role after Bishop Thomas J. Tobin was named bishop in the Diocese of Providence, R.I., in March 2005 during the campaign.

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