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Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., today announced the 2013 Diocesan Annual Appeal has raised more than $5.6 million, surpassing the goal of $5.55 million.

According to the announcement, the Annual Appeal has received gifts and pledges from 32,612 donors, and 37 parishes reached or surpassed their Annual Appeal parish goal. Gifts to the 2013 campaign represent the second highest amount raised in the history of the Appeal.

“On behalf of the Diocese of Scranton and everyone who benefits from gifts to the Diocesan Annual Appeal, I express my sincere thanks to all donors, priests, volunteers and staff who helped make this year’s Appeal a success. You responded generously to the call to ‘serve with love’ and I am deeply grateful,” said Bambera.

Gifts to the Appeal support the following programs and ministries:

· Serving the poor and those in need through programs that provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling – and hope.

· Caring for retired priests and funding the ongoing formation of priests, permanent deacons, seminarians and deacon candidates.

· Educating the next generation of servant-leaders in a spiritually sound and academically challenging environment in diocesan Catholic schools and in parish-based religious education programs.

· Offering faith formation programs for those preparing for marriage, youth and young adults, the deaf and persons with disabilities, people who are grieving a loss or facing other challenges.

· Spreading the Gospel message far and wide, and keeping everyone informed and connected through media such as The Catholic Light, CTV: Catholic Television, and the diocesan website.

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