A lot of readers have been writing to us lately asking about worthwhile Catholic causes they can donate to if they would not like to give to the annual Catholic Appeal at this time. A good number of people tell us they are getting just plain fed up with the corruption, six-figure salaries, deception, cronyism, and other breaches of trust they are seeing, and just do not trust how the Archdiocese is going to use their money–at least for right now–until they see things change.
If you are looking for great Catholic causes, here are a few suggestions from Boston Catholic Insider. We asked the Cardinal and his cabinet a few days ago via email for their thoughts and suggestions regarding how we should respond to people who want to re-direct their contributions or earmark them for specific causes, and we did not hear back from anyone. So this is the best list we can offer. We are pressed for time, so can only list the names and brief descriptions. All do great work. Visit their websites and you may find an organization you have never heard of that you want to support.
- Your local parish: this is your spiritual home, and they always need your support.
- St. Johns Seminary: contributions can count towards the Catholic Appeal goal for your parish, but go only to the Seminary, not to Central funds.
- Daughters of St. Paul: publishing, media, and evangelization
- Brotherhood of Hope: local community of religious brothers who staffs Catholic campus ministry at Boston University and Northeastern University
- Sisters of Life: New York-based religious order that promotes the sanctity of life
- Cor Unum: feeds hundreds of thousands of poor and homeless in the greater Lawrence area; affiliated with St. Patricks in Lawrence
- St. Francis House: feeds the poor and homeless in Boston
- Catholic TV (formerly known as Boston Catholic TV): daily Mass for shut-ins, rosary, and a lot more.
- St. Michaels Media: these are the folks behind RealCatholic TV
- WQOM (Queen of Mary radio): new Catholic radio station in Boston
None of these organizations have asked us to promote their needs, and we are listing them entirely on our own without their knowledge, just because we know they are doing great work and can always use financial support.
Regardless of your perspectives on donating to the archdiocese or temporarily redirecting your contributions, these organizations will always need your help.
Here’s to a 2011 fulled with integrity, honesty, transparency, ethical practices, merit-based hiring and promotion, careful stewardship of assets, pay commensurate with Catholic Church standards for similarly qualified people, and overall stronger teaching, sanctifying, and governance in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Best wishes for a blessed New Year!