Pilgrimage of Faith 2024

Pilgrimage of Faith 2024

Annually an appeal is made to the people of the Diocese for financial support for diocesan projects not covered by donations to parish collections. We call this annual appeal the Pilgrimage of Faith.

Our 2023 Pilgrimage of Faith campaign was very successful. Thank you.

Here is our 2024 campaign progress to-date:

Diocese GoalParish GoalTotalFunds RaisedFunds Returning to Parish# House-holds
St. Ann’s$47,500$104,300$150,000$19,825$041
St. John Vianney$23,200$15,000$38,200$9,555$021
Fundraising Status as of May 31, 2024

Diocese

Nelson Diocese is situated in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Will it be an overstatement to say that we actually live in the best place on earth – Beautiful British Columbia? When I travel round our diocese, I see how much God has blessed us. In gratitude to Him, together as a diocesan family, we continue the work of God through our Pilgrimage of Faith. Pilgrimage of faith as the name suggests is much more than money: it is our journey of faith together by which we use the gift God has given us to advance His Kingdom. From the East Kootenays to the West Kootenays, from the South to the North Okanagan, the work of God continues. For God and with God, we have accomplished so much in these areas:

  1. Catholic Education for our young ones.
  2. Catechism
  3. Adult Faith Formation
  4. Retired Priests: helping them to retire with dignity and with a smile
  5. Youth Ministry
  6. Training and formation of Seminarians
  7. Evangelization
  8. Teachers and Catechists: training and spiritual formation
  9. First Nations Ministry
  10. Seton House of Prayer: a place of renewal and our spiritual power house etc.

Each parish is given a fundraising goal by the Diocese. The funds raised are used for the programs mentioned above. Any funds raised in excess of the Diocesan goal for each parish are returned to the parish to be used for local priorities.

For more details, including how to donate, visit our Pilgrimage of Faith page in the Living our Faith | Giving to Our Parish section of the website.

Parishes Specific Campaigns

St. Ann

This year, funds returned to the Parish will be used to fix the Rectory roof which is leaking in multiple locations. We hope to offset the required funds by making application for a number of grants.

St. John Vianney

This year, our Pilgrimage of Faith committee has identified two priorities:

  1. Replacement of our failing furnace boilers; and
  2. A structural evaluation of the north and south bank of church windows.

While we do not yet have final numbers on those project costs, we are hoping to raise the diocesan levy plus $15,000 towards our parish needs for a total of $33,000.