Catholic Charities striving to reach goal

BUFFALO – Only three weeks remain before the close of the 2014 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo. The annual campaign has raised $10.3 million in cash and pledges, representing 95 percent of its $10.8 million goal. Appeal leaders are asking the community for help in raising the remaining $486,789 still needed to reach the final goal by June 30.

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, said the Appeal team is grateful for all the support Western New Yorkers have shown so far. He also encouraged those who have not yet donated – or are in a position to give a little more- to please do so.

“We are all familiar with the quotation ‘the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step,’ but such a journey also requires a push to the finish line, and our finish line is almost in sight,” said Bishop Malone. “Our 90th annual Appeal is slightly ahead of where it was last year, so one final push from everyone who can consider a donation to Catholic Charities, no matter what size, will help us achieve our goal so we can continue to support our neighbors in need here in Western New York.”

“It appears this year’s Appeal is going down to the wire and we will be working hard to ensure a successful conclusion,” said Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director for Catholic Charities. “Our incredible results thus far reflect the commitment of our Appeal leadership team, hundreds of volunteers, our pastors and other supporters throughout the diocese. Their efforts in the remaining weeks will surely put us over the top and allow Catholic Charities to be the hearts and hands in service to nearly 138,000 people across the region’s eight counties.”

The theme of the 2014 Appeal is “Heart at work,” and the patron of this year’s appeal is St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio).

For more information on Appeal 2014 or to make a donation, contact Catholic Charities at 218-1400 or go to Check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at and on Twitter at