Diocese leaders convene to mark launch of the ONE Campaign
More than 150 pastors, priests, principals and parishioners gathered August 12 at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento to celebrate the official launch of the Diocese of Sacramento’s ONE Campaign.
Bishop Jaime Soto introduced the overall vision of the campaign, including its goals of raising $50 million, 5 million hours of faith formation and 5 million hours of service. He also explained the impending challenges leaders would face in accomplishing these goals, as well as the commitment required by each member of the diocese.
“This is an interesting campaign in that it’s not necessarily for physical plans – a lot of it is based around strengthening faith, formation of the laity, improvements to the schools, strengthening the endowments – and I’m behind that,” said Fr. Chuck Kelly of St. John Vianney in Rancho Cordova. “Bishop Soto is our shepherd, and we are compelled to listen to him as he works to strengthen and develop our diocese. I hope my people will understand that need and be generous in their giving.”
Director of Catholic Schools Rick Maya presented the plan’s intentions for strengthening Catholic schools in the region, a priority that resonates with many parish leaders who see the need for improving school infrastructure as a way to build the Church.
“I love that we’re raising money for the schools because we need to educate our kids,” said Byron Paige, who leads the parish council at Our Lady of Grace in West Sacramento. “Many students served by the schools aren’t Catholic but are being exposed to the faith and bring their families in to be part of the community.
“I’m hoping this campaign will reunite us. If we’re truly followers of Christ, we will do whatever’s necessary to raise the money, serve those who need it and improve our spiritual health.”
For more information about the ONE Campaign, visit OneRevival.org.