A message from the Bishop

Bishop Patrick Neary, C.S.C.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

In all the noise and stress of our lives, it’s easy to feel lost. To forget that we’re unique, cherished and loved just as we are.

Behold who you are. Remember that you are a child of Christ. That he stretches out His new life to you.

And with open hearts and hands you can receive him. Just as we receive His Body and Blood in the Eucharist every Sunday.

He then calls you to become what you receive — to become his hands and feet in your family, in your workplace, in your ministry … and in our diocese.

Today, I renew my appeal to you to become what you receive. To become alive and active. To give of your time, talent and treasure so that others may know Christ, too.

Share your gifts with your faith community. Volunteer to lector, to instruct young ones, or to bring the life-giving Eucharist to the homebound.

Share from your financial resources to support the work of Christ. Your money donated to this appeal will fund our TV Mass and will help instruct those of all ages in the faith. Donations will further life-giving ministries in this diocese and support those who are preparing for the priesthood or preparing to be married in the Church.

Behold who you are. Become what you receive. Hold out your cares to Christ. Receive his new life. And become his hands and feet.

Thank you for your generosity.

God bless you,

+Patrick M. Neary, C.S.C.
Bishop of Saint Cloud



Discerning a life of service to the Church requires time, prayer and soul searching. The ministries supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal create opportunities to discern vocations through retreats, visits and one-on-one engagement. Those pursuing priesthood and the diaconate are supported spiritually, emotionally and financially in their journeys toward ordination.




The St. Cloud Diocese broadcasts TV Mass weekly in 60 counties. It also is sent to nursing homes and available to countless others online. “The Central Minnesota Catholic” magazine forms, informs and transforms lives in nearly 40,000 households. Social media opens new avenues for evangelization, reaching across generations.


The beauty of Catholic tradition and liturgy draws people in. Those discerning Catholicism or seeking to return to the Catholic faith are invited to engage inthe Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. RCIA prepares   to receive the sacraments and begin their journey into the fullness of the Catholic Church.

 The 2024 Bishop’s Annual Appeal goal is 1,450,000. The appeal provides for the ministries that support our lives.

$1,007,638 or 71.97% as of 4/21/24

This is through generous gifts from 5,829 donors.

Thank you for discerning a gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

Annual Appeal Resources

April 2024 Bulletin Announcements

April 6 – 7, 2024
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Thank you to those who have already supported diocesan ministries through the Appeal. the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for 2024 has raised total cash and pledges of $894,706 toward our goal of $1,450,000 (63.91%). This was made possible through the generous donations of 5,341 people throughout the 16 counties of our diocese. Will you help these ministries meet their funding needs? Visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.

April 13 – 14, 2024
Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Behold who you are. Become what you receive.” The Appeal supports ministries that benefit you, your family and your greater parish community. Please make a gift today. Each dollar raised goes directly to ministries that support our Catholic faith and is not used for any other purpose.

April 20 – 21, 2024
Bishop’s Annual Appeal:  The Diocesan TV Mass has been a lifeline for the homebound. Other diocesan ministries continue their work in support of faith formation, family life, Catholic schools, multicultural ministries, evangelization and vocational discernment. Will you help keep these ministries strong? Visit www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.

April 27 – 28, 2024
Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2024: Have you attended a baptism, first Communion, confirmation, wedding, or ordination? All of these sacraments are supported through the ministries funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Help continue to support these vital milestones of our faith through a gift at www.stcdio.org/annualappeal.


Downloadable Bulletin insert (PDF)

Downloadable Poster (PDF)