Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
If there ever was a moment to start anew, this may be it. Everything changed this past year, from our routines to our interaction with others to our collective sense of time. Now, as we emerge from this global pandemic, we have an opportunity to build a better world.
The Catholic Church has always been a harbor of renewal and hope. As St. Paul tells us: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2). Each day, we are called to follow Christ to discover what is good and pleasing and perfect. To do so means placing our trust in God – a trust that for many was deepened during the confines of the pandemic.
In this Annual Report, you will read stories of renewal and hope, which are only made possible through God’s grace and your generous partnership with the Catholic Community Foundation. This past year, we learned that our Catholic Charities staff are real heroes as they provided food, shelter, and healing to more people than ever. We learned that the commitment of our Catholic school teachers and staff runs deep as they never wavered from their mission to provide high-quality, Gospel-centered instruction. And, we learned that God continues, no matter what, to call good and holy men to the priesthood, as five men completed their formation at Saint Mary Seminary and were ordained in May.
I was also deeply moved by your charity in a year that was incredibly trying. Your philanthropy brought meaningful change to the lives of people throughout Northeast Ohio. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and sacrificial offerings on behalf of our neighbors. Let us go forth as followers of Jesus Christ and continue to renew the face of the earth.
May God bless you and those you love.
Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of Cleveland