The Home Campaign, a diocesan-wide effort currently underway to raise funds to grow and strengthen the Catholic Church in East Tennessee, recently surpassed the $40 million mark, making it the most successful capital campaign in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville.
“This is a remarkable achievement for a relatively small diocese. I am grateful to the parishioners across the Diocese of Knoxville who have made this happen,” said Bishop Richard F. Stika.
“The generous support the Home Campaign has received shows that, as a Catholic community in East Tennessee, we really do care about our legacy. What we are doing today is for the sake of our children and for future generations,” Bishop Stika added.
The Home Campaign started with four pilot parishes participating in late 2014. Since then, all of the diocesan parishes and missions churches have participated in various “waves.” The final wave, including fourteen parishes, is currently underway and will end in July.
The Home Campaign will benefit the diocese and parishes in five key areas:
The New Pope Francis Charitable Trust Fund
The Catholic Education Trust Fund
The New Cathedral
Thus far, projected achievement figures for the Campaign includes $13.2 million for parish projects, $2.4 million for the New Pope Francis Charitable Trust Fund, $1.4 million in support of the Catholic Education Trust Fund, $1.9 million supporting priest retirement, and $4.2 million in support of the new cathedral.
The bulk of the cathedral construction cost ($18.6 million) is projected to come from the Sacred Heart Cathedral parish and from other major gifts.
With 10 weeks remaining, the Home Campaign has achieved 90 percent of it’s $45 million goal.
“The Home Campaign was designed to benefit the entire diocese. The $40 million we’ve raised thus far will be benefit all of our parishes in immediate and tangible ways– from building projects to debt retirement and beyond. This campaign will also allow parishes to strengthen and enhance their mission to charity and education and it provides future security for our retiring priests,” said John Deinhart, director of stewardship and strategic development for the Diocese of Knoxville.
“The support this campaign has received, without question, is historic and will impact our parishes in many long-lasting and positive ways,” Mr. Deinhart added.
“We have a good chance to reach our overall goal,” Bishop Stika said. “While most of our parishes have completed their campaigns, we still have fourteen that are operating their campaigns right now, in the final wave, and they’re doing a great job. With ten weeks to go, I have no doubt we can make it,” Bishop Stika added.
Other highlights of the Home Campaign:
- The last diocesan capital campaign was in 2004-05. Known as the GiFT Campaign, it raised $27.9 million
- More than 6,000 families have participated with gifts or pledges in the Home Campaign
- 22 parishes and mission churches have achieved at least 90 percent of their goal
- Parish with highest percent of achievement: Blessed Teresa, Maynardville
- Parishes with the highest participation rate: St. Therese of Lisieux, Cleveland; St. Michael the Archangel, Erwin
- Parish to reach goal fastest: St. Thomas, Lenoir City