May 16, 2022
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
For some time now, I have discussed with diocesan leadership the possibility of conducting a shared capital campaign to meet the needs of our diocese. As you are aware, we recently tested the feasibility and potential support for a diocesan capital campaign with the assistance of the Steier Group. All pastors and parishioners had the opportunity to participate in the process through a personal interview, by attending regional town hall gathering, or by completing a mail or online survey.
I would like to thank you again for taking the time to participate in this important study. Your input was vital to its success. On March 31, the Steier Group presented the study findings and recommendations to me, and members of diocesan leadership, the Catholic Foundation and the diocesan finance council. Then, in April we shared their findings with clergy and chancery senior staff.
Based on the positive findings of this study and the feedback from subsequent meetings, I have prayerfully concluded that we will move forward with a customized capital campaign with a well-defined focus. I have taken to heart all the constructive comments and suggestions generated during this study. Whenever possible, this valuable feedback and input will be considered as we finalize the structure, timetable and goals of the effort. As we prepare to launch the campaign, questions will be answered, and policies and procedures will be established. I encourage you to review the enclosed executive summary of the report’s findings which illustrates solid support for a campaign. Additional information about the effort will be shared in the coming months.
Very soon I will recruit campaign leadership to advise me and collaborate with me throughout this major gift fundraising effort.
We were established as a diocese 80 years ago. Now more than ever is the time step forward on behalf of the greater good of our diocese and step forward in faith on this journey.
I invite you to join me in praying that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide our efforts to assure the long-term health of our 29-county Catholic family. With every assurance of prayer and best wishes for all involved in this process, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo
1 Thessalonians 5:16
We need prayer, we need light! Late last year Bishop Stephen J. Berg used these very words to open his letter to the faithful about a hidden treasure right in our diocese—the Franciscan Capuchin Poor Clare sisters. The purpose of Bishop Berg’s letter was to draw attention to these Poor Clare sisters and their ministry of cloistered prayer and, more importantly, to seek financial support for construction of a new monastery. This project became necessary because right after the sisters came to the diocese they were assured that they could soon move out of their “temporary quarters” and into a place more suitable for a life of quiet prayer and the making of beautiful liturgical vestments as the mainstay of their income—but that was over 21 years ago and the sisters never moved. Although various housing alternatives have been considered at length, the situation has now reached the point where the Mother Superior of the order has ruled out the possibility of the sisters remaining in Pueblo unless there is some drastic improvement in living conditions.
To remedy these circumstances, Fr. Joseph Vigil, Pastor of St. Joseph’s in Blende, took the lead on this project and worked with his finance council to arrange the donation of parish property for a monastery building site. The Catholic Foundation gladly joined Fr. Joseph’s efforts, and I am now pleased to say that the new monastery is getting closer to becoming a reality—all because of the generosity of so many who have been inspired by these amazing sisters. The current estimate for construction of the monastery and all related improvements is almost two million dollars, and though donations have been coming in we still have more than halfway to go.
The new monastery is designed to house up to eleven sisters (up from the current five), and it will include a spacious chapel, indoor recreation and work areas, safe appliances and bathrooms, and adequate space to receive visitors and officials from the Poor Clare order.
We have been blessed with the opportunity to provide a more appropriate facility for these around-the-clock prayer warriors, who have been living in an outdated and substandard building for years without complaint. These women have dedicated their lives to prayer on behalf of our diocese, and the time has come for us to offer them a sacred space worthy of their charism.
To support the Poor Clare sisters in this wonderful endeavor, please visit our donate page.
*All donations will be held by the Catholic Foundation and will not be released until the construction process begins.
2022 marks over a quarter century of service to the Diocese of Pueblo. The Catholic Foundation embraces the New Year: It is an opportunity to set ambitious giving goals, to provide meaningful assistance and to establish lasting relationships in our community. Every year we recommit to providing support to Catholic parishes, Catholic organizations and Catholic schools as they minister to the faithful. To date, the Catholic Foundation has distributed over $2,000,000 in grant awards throughout our vast diocese. Our outreach extends from the far western mountains to the eastern plains of Colorado. The Catholic Foundation is honored to call itself The Giving Arm of the Diocese, and we thank God for the opportunity to help, in whatever small way, those Catholic organizations within our borders as we follow the Little Way of St. Therese.
Last year, thanks to the generosity of our donors and their commitment to our mission, the Catholic Foundation satisfied thirty-six (36) grant requests from parishes, missions, Catholic schools and other Catholic organizations operating within the borders of our diocese.
In addition to the $123,000 in grant awards, an additional $50,500 in humanitarian aid was granted to organizations serving the poor, the marginalized, the hungry and the unborn; These grants were made possible by a generous bequest from Msgr. Howard Delaney. Please visit our Grants page to review a complete list of grants awards.
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