Catholic Mission’s 2012 Annual Report
Catholic Mission’s 2012 Annual Report shows that Australians helped 249,112 children, 5,226 catechists and 1,082 seminarians through Catholic Mission in 2012.
Martin Teulan, Catholic Mission’s National Director, sees these results as proof of what can be achieved when Australian Catholics put their faith into action.
“The impact of prayers, gifts and assistance from thousands of inspirational, caring Australians is a testament to what is possible when we live Christ’s message. Since his appointment, Pope Francis has encouraged us to live out our faith, and these achievements prove that Australians are doing just that,” Mr Teulan said.
The Bathurst diocese was especially generous in its support of Catholic Mission, with $311,983 being raised, which was more than three times the amount raised in the last financial year. Mr Teulan explains that “such generosity demonstrates how we can make a positive difference in the world.”
In 2012, Australians opened their hearts to reach out to those in need with over $8.5 million being donated to Catholic Mission’s international projects, directly supporting 187 dioceses in 37 countries.
Additionally, for the first time, more than $2 million was allocated to Home Mission Fund projects, which are projects that help Indigenous communities in remote parts of Australia. Whether they are addressing the educational needs of children or adults, or the spiritual development of broader communities, these projects are crucial for the local communities.
The support of Catholic communities is life-changing and it is such support―here and overseas―that has brought the Catholic spirit to places where it is really needed, as Mr Teulan emphasises.
“Whether we’re helping those who are near us or those who are on the other side of the world, the support we receive ensures that Christ’s message is experienced by all. That is our mission: to bring the Kingdom of God to others, in word and deed.”
A copy of our annual report can be downloaded at www.catholicmission.org.au/annualreport2012.
You can also call us on 1800 257 296 or write to us at PO Box 1668 North Sydney NSW 2059.