Archdiocese says Catholic Appeal raised $15.2m

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston collected $15.2 million during the annual Catholic Appeal in 2013, an increase of more than $1 million from 2012, according to a statement released by the archdiocese.

The appeal is an annual effort to raise funds to support local parishes and ministries. In 2013, more than 40,000 people donated, the archdiocese said in a statement.

The Rev. Louis Palmieri, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Amesbury and Star of the Sea in Salisbury, organized the appeal with nine other pastors, who make up the Pastor Advisory Committee. In the statement, he said the increase in donations is a sign of the generous spirit of Catholics today.

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“The Catholic Appeal makes it possible for the Church to carry out the ministries entrusted to us by Christ,” Cardinal Seán O’Malley said in the statement. “Throughout the Archdiocese we are experiencing new enthusiasm for the many good works that are part of everyday life in our parishes.”

Through the appeal, the Archdiocese supports 288 parishes, 119 Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and thousands of Catholics, the statement said.