CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN
ANNUAL REPORT 2021
2021 Catholic Communication Campaign Subcommittee Chairman Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv, Archdiocese of Atlanta
Members Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, Diocese of Burlington Bishop Joel M. Konzen, Auxiliary, Archdiocese of Atlanta Bishop John J. McIntyre, Auxiliary, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Bishop J. Mark Spalding, Diocese of Nashville Bishop William Wack, CSC, Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger, Diocese of Tucson Bishop Luis R. Zarama, Diocese of Raleigh Staff Mr. James Rogers, USCCB Chief Communications Officer Ms. Maura Moser, Catholic Communication Campaign Director Ms. Dana Sealy, Communications Assistant
FROM THE CHAIRMAN Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A s a bishop who is also a friar of St. Francis of Assisi, I sometimes find myself explaining that St. Francis was far more than a lover of animals. He was a great evangelist who knew that the Gospel must be communicated in language, cultures, and settings that everyday people can relate to. He preached by entertaining in village squares and composing hymns in Italian rather than Latin. He created the first known living nativity so that people without books or video could imagine themselves in Bethlehem with the Holy Family. That drive to bring the Good News of Jesus to people in ways that touch their hearts is why I am delighted to be chairman of the US bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign. I am eager for you to see how your gifts promote the message of Jesus and transform communities. The two-plus years of the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult. In 2020, the Catholic Communication Campaign distributed more than $4 million in national and international grants, and half of funds collected stayed in the contributing dioceses, where it funded technology to take liturgy and church communications online. In 2021, despite a great drop in donations, we were able to distribute $3.1 million in funding to support Catholic communications projects in the United States and around the globe. Part of that funding went to Catholic News Service (CNS) for its international reporting on Pope Francis and his global ministry. This essential coverage will continue thanks to the support of the Catholic Communication Campaign, even though CNS domestic operations in the United States will cease at the end of 2022. In addition, the Catholic Communication Campaign allocated more than $1 million in funding to projects related to evangelization through media. Smaller grants, representing 1% to 10% of the total, funded projects ranging from documentary production to preserving church history. You can learn more at www.usccb.org/ committees/catholic-communication-campaign. In this report, you will read about a few of these grants: an audiovisual production studio for an archdiocese in Burundi, a pastoral care app for seafarers, a video to promote eucharistic devotion, and communications for an intercultural conversation among Catholic youth. My prayer is that these accounts will move you to support this national collection in the spirit of St. Francis.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv Archbishop of Atlanta Chairman, USCCB Subcommittee on the Catholic Communication Campaign
T he Gospel of Jesus Christ must be communicated in ways that appeal directly to the cultures and communities where it is shared. That is what the national share of the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) makes possible— whether by providing videos to help Catholics understand complex issues in the Church, supporting radio and CD ministries in parts of the world not reached by the Internet, or helping Catholics of different backgrounds have face-to-face conversa tions about hard topics such as racism or abuse. Half of all donations your diocese collects for the CCC stay right in your diocese to support your local communica tions needs, such as radio and television programming and diocesan publications. The CCC carries the message of Jesus to those who need to hear, see, and read it. In the Archdiocese of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, the CCC provided $45,528 to create the Cardinal Foley Studio for video and audio production. There the CCC is also sponsoring the training of 10 young Catholic leaders as communications specialists for the archdiocese. In addition to broadcasting liturgies, formation in the Catholic faith, and professional coverage of news and church events, the studio will produce high-quality CDs of Catholic choirs. Programming will be offered in collaboration with Catholic radio stations that reach people who may not be online. The communications trainees—five women and five men, all with degrees in communications or computer technology—will study topics including media ethics, video editing, and social media strategies. The project is led by Fr. Dieudonne Niyibizi who has a doctorate in communications from Salesian University in Rome and developed this plan in consultation with Signis, an international organization for Catholic communications. A $15,000 CCC grant to the Apostleship of the Sea allowed it to update its Stella Maris app for seafarers, which makes a global impact. Crews of merchant vessels and cruise ships often spend months far from home, family, and church. In 2013 the Apostleship of the Sea developed an app to provide them with prayers, reflec tions, and the ability to locate Catholic pastoral care at ports worldwide—but it had become technologically obsolete. The revised app, developed by an expert in mobile Catholic communications, will also help cruise ship passengers identify ships with approved Catholic priests in good standing who offer Mass and pastoral care on board. In the fall of 2021, the CCC sponsored the recording of a bishops’ roundtable discussion on the Eucharist. It featured Bishop Andrew Cozzens from the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis and Bishop Kevin Rhodes from the USCCB Committee on Doctrine. The discussion explained what was then the USCCB’s draft document on The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church and the plans for the National Eucharistic Revival. This recording enabled the pub lic to hear directly from the bishops about the centrality of the Eucharist in Catholic
life and about two projects that were often misunderstood in the national conver sation. The professionally recorded discussion instilled clarity and calm, paving the way for the National Eucharistic Revival. The CCC also provided communications support for Journeying Together: A National Intercultural Encounter for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults. This two-year effort by the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church connected young Catholics of all ethnicities and backgrounds, as well as youth min isters and bishops, for a series of online conversations. The effort culminated with an in-person gathering of 400 participants in Chicago. As an expression of Pope Francis’s exhortation on youth, his pastoral letter Fratelli Tutti on human commu nity, and his call to synodality, Journeying Together allowed complex, constructive, Catholic conversations to take place on culture, inclusion, racism, and other crucial topics. A $50,000 CCC grant promoted the project, provided the technology necessary to hold these conversations, and will disseminate the resulting messages through social media, video, print publication, and other means. A diocesan tool kit will be created, allowing bishops the option to recreate a similar experience on the local level.
COLLECTION FOR THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN Statement of Revenues, Expenses, and Other Changes in Net Assets for the Year Ending December 31, 2021. Revenues National Collections Contributions $3,016,427 Income on Investments $825,978 Total Revenue $3,842,405 Expenses • Allocations-Internal Grants* $2,940,239 81.64% • Grants and Donations** $400,300 11.12% • Promotions and Fundraising Expenses $214,046 5.94% • Program Costs $46,868 1.30% Total Expenses: $3,601,453 100% Total Expenses, Excluding Internal Grants: $661,214
Total Grants & Donations Including Internal Grants:
Changes in Net Assets from Operations Non-Operating Activities Unrealized Gain on Investments
$250,104 $491,056 $8,695,383 $9,186,439
Changes in Net Assets
Net Assets at the Beginning of the Year Net Assets at the End of the Year
*Includes funding to support Catholic News Services’ coverage of Pope Francis and his global ministry to share the mercy of God. **Grants and donations in 2021 totaled $3,601,453, including payments and write-offs to grants approved in 2021 and prior years. See the complete USCCB financial report at www.usccb.org/about/financial-reporting .
2021 GRANT INFORMATION Total: $3,171,159
Grant Amount Percentage
• News & Information Services* • Media Evangelization** $1,169,024 36.86% • Web-based Communications Resources $327,400 10.32% • Preserving Church History $198,179 6.25% • Developing Nations Grants $103,000 3.25% • Documentaries & Videos $75,000 2.37% • Building Media Capacity Grants $45,397 1.43% $1,253,159 39.52%
* Includes funding to support Catholic News Services’ coverage of Pope Francis and his global ministry to share the mercy of God.
**Includes funding to support the graphic design and distribution of print and electronic media from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
For more information about the USCCB’s work with the Catholic Communication Campaign , please visit www.usccb.org/ccc or write: Office of National Collections 3211 Fourth Street NE | Washington, DC 20017
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