Support the Bishop’s Appeal
The following is a portion of Bishop François’s Bishop Appeal Letter.
You can read the full letter here:Bishop Appeal Letter 2023
As Melkite Catholics, you and I know what it’s like to feel a deep, familial connection with those far away— even with those whom we’ve never met.
That’s because we share the same tradition, the same heritage, and the same destiny. Every time we participate in the Divine Liturgy, we are connected with Our Lord and with one another across the miles and across the centuries.
As I write this letter, I am reflecting on the anniversary of my first year as your bishop—leader of the “local church”
I’m asking for your help to make this effort as fruitful as possible, I want to share with you the basic vision.
First, we are reorganizing our efforts to foster and support vocations. We have put together a vocations team and a vocations plan to nourish the faith journey of young people, help them discern God’s call, and encourage them to pursue active ministry in the Church as readers, subdeacons, deacons, priests, nun, or monks. You can read about this and other developments on our newly updated website: www.Melkite.org.
Second, we are improving the resources available for local parishes. Put simply, we want our parishes to be healthy, we want young people active in our churches, and we want to see priests and parish leaders equipped with what they need to serve and thrive. To make this possible, we are hiring additional staff, adopting new technology, and expanding our administrative infrastructure.
Third, we will dramatically improve communications with all Melkite Catholics and the many who love our Church across the United States. We will remain in an ongoing conversation with all of you about our Church’s needs, struggles, and challenges. This dialogue will help keep us open to the many talents of laypeople and clergy within our Church who are eager to collaborate in building a bright future together. As part of this effort, we’re updating our database, implementing new standards of transparency, and developing a communications and social media plan for us to remain in more regular contact.
Making this vision a reality will not be easy with all the challenges around us, but challenges are not new to the Church.
By responding to this call together—supporting our seminarians and deacon candidates, forming our youth in our faith, providing for our retired priests, and publishing SOPHIA magazine—we assure the growth and strength of our Melkite Catholic Church in the United States of America.