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Catholic Appeal surpasses goal

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BRIGHTON -- The 2006 Annual Catholic Appeal raised $13.8 million, exceeding its goal by nearly $1 million and attracting thousands of new donors, the Archdiocese of Boston was scheduled to announce on March 1.

Damien DeVasto, director of the Catholic Appeal, told The Pilot that the 2006 fundraising results represent a 15 percent increase over the previous year. Over the past four years support has increased over 55 percent, he added.

“This is wonderful news,” he said. “A 15 percent increase over the 2005 campaign is just exceptional, and is an emblem of a sense of collective spirit of our Catholic family.”

The success of the campaign, last year held under the theme “Our Faith, Our Mission,” would not be possible without the collaboration of Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, pastors, parishioners and men and women religious, he said. DeVasto praised the leadership of Cardinal O’Malley and pastors who inspired such wide participation.

“We really want to give the utmost appreciation to parishioners who have provided this support,” he added. “Their support is so vital to the mission that we all share.”

The appeal is an important opportunity for parishioners to participate in the work of the wider Church. This year the campaign attracted almost 50,000 donors, including over 2,000 new donors and over 2,000 past donors who did not participate in the 2005 appeal.

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