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The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 1993 Bishop's Fund Campaign's increase tied to 'Success Model,' says ADA Dire By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor How does 'he diocesan de- velopment director describe the results of the 1993 Bishop's Fund -- Annual Diocesan Appeal? Justin Clements uses two phrases: the new "Success Model" and "Fresh Start." The success of the 1993 campaign is largely attribut- able to the 46 parishes that chose to use the new Success Model, according to Clements. The Success Model is a fundraising strategy which was developed specifi- cally for the ADA, in a parish setting, over the past two years. As for the "fresh start," he noted that the campaign re- bounded from a difficult year last year, when the total goal was increased by just over 30 percent. That large increase was due to the move toward adequate funding of the diocesan retirement plan for the hundreds of lay employ- ees who work for parishes, schools and other agencies and institutions in the dio- cese. "There is a new attitude and positive spirit about this campaign throughout the dio- cese," Clements said. A few adjustments will be made to the Success Model for next year, and more parishes will be encouraged to use it. How successful was the 1993 campaign? Some statis- tics tell the story. The number of donors in- creased in 1993 to 20,350 -- a 10 percent increase over 1992. The total is 1,900 more than ever before in the his- tory of the campaign. Pledges increased 14 per- ADA becomes 'The Catholic Parishes Campaign of Southwestern Indiana' Following extensive consultation throughout the dio- cese, Bishop Gettelfinger has approved the recommenda- tion of the ADA Task Force to change the name of the an- nual fund drive. The new name for "The Bishop's Fund -- Annual Diocesan Appeal" is "The Catholic Parishes Campaign of Southwestern Indiana." The new name has two main purposes, according to Justin Clements, diocesan development director. It serves the people of the diocese, and it serves the parish. The name "accurately describes what this campaign has always been: an annual opportunity for each parish to raise money for its own need to satisfy its financial obliga- tion to help fund diocesan programs and services which benefit the people of the Diocese of Evansville," Clements said. "Parishes will be strongly encouraged to take full advan- tage of this excellent annual opportunity to raise addi- tional funds for their own local needs and projects beyond their diocesan assessment," he added. If a parish collects more than its goal, the extra money goes directly to the parish, Clements pointed out. When all the pledges have been collected this year, the parishes which have exceeded their goals will receive a total of more than $107,000 in "rebates" for other parish needs. "Every dollar collected over a parish's goal is returned to the parish," Clements said. I I Miller & Miller Colonial Chapel Supports the Knights of Columbus MEMBERS Bernie Miller Gerald Miller don Miller Greg Betz Support Catholic schools 15y usung the Tradition Card. A percentage of each purchase you make using the Tradition Card goes to support Cathofic education. Call 464-3322 or 1-800-777-3949 extension 322 for details. Issued by Citizens Bank. i i cent over last year. The average gift in- creased from $101.80 to $105.22. The ADA reached 94 per- cent of the goal, compared with 86 percent last year. In 1993, 32 parishes reached or exceeded their goals, compared with 15 parishes in 1992. Participation this vear is 61 percent -- 61 out ot: every 100 households have given money or made pledges to the ADA. Of the 73 parishes in the diocese, 60 parishes had pledge totals higher than last year. Of the 73 parishes in the diocese, 56 parishes had more donors than last year. Clements also noted that the Diocese of Evansville is among the top 10 dioceses in the United States, in terms of percent of participation in an- nual campaigns. Clements based that ranking on data collected from 107 dioceses by the National Catholic Stewardship Council. "We're especially proud and grateful for the parish campaign chairpersons whose unflagging dedicat:on and enthusiasm proved the backbone for this campaign each year, and our pastors whose leadership is vital to the campaign's success in each parish," Clements said. Clements also extended "a special tip of the hat" to those parishes that chose to adopt the new Success Model. "Their clearly demonstrated successes made this a banner year," he said. The Annual Diocesan Ap- peal is held each year by parishes throughout the dio- cese, to raise the money needed to pay for the opera- tion and activities of the dio- cese. Some parishes also use the campaign to help with their own fund-raising needs. The annual campaign which will be designated "The Catholic Parishes Cam- paign of Southwestern Indi- ana" -- pays for a significant portion of diocesan activities. Other sources of income for the diocese include interest earned on deposits, dividend income, service fees, insur- ance premiums, and bequests and donations. The increase in the ADA Number of Catholics goal was larger than thai crease in the budgeted penses for the cording to Ron treasurer. The ADA goal this year $2,286,500 represented crease of 4.74 percent the previous year's g0a which was $2,183,000. Expenses in the dioce budget, however, show crease of only 3.05 pel from $5,072,513 in the year 1992-93 to 5 the fiscal year 1993-94. Baumgart said the percentage of increase for the ADA goal was general economic -- which produced. crease in interest and income earned bY the cese. The diocese nual audited report of and expenses during cal year. The re lished each year in sage. The report for the year ending Aug. 3: was published That report s come of $4,995,201; pense of $5, increases by 16 million By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) The number of Catholics in the world increased by 16 million in 1991, and the number of priests grew for the second year in a row after more than a decade of de- cline. The "Statistical Yearbook of the Church: 1991," which tracks the Catholic popula- tion, work force and institu- tional presence through Dec. 31, 1991, was released at the Vatican in late July. The Vatican's tally of 944 million Catholics out of a HAPPINESS IS SERVING GOD DOMINIC4N SISTERS O F HA IJrltt O RNE Hands-on nursing care of incurable canc patients in seen free homes. Or Sm at fl sil sll of lift. / nming ,rcientt t rrqirrd. CONTACT" Sr.Marie Edward Rmary Hill Ht 600 U, w, Htbone. ,.'t' YCTI 10532 (914) 769-479 worldwide population of al- Philippines moved ahead most 5.4 billion showed Catholics as a percentage of the world's people holding steady at about 18 percent. According to the World Al- manac, the Catholic Church is the single largest religious body in the world. The number of diocesan and religious order priests climbed to 404,031, an in- crease of 858 over 1990. The increase between 1989 and 1990 was 1,694. The reported number of women religious  875,332 and of religious men -- 62,184 -- showed a continu- ing decline. The number of permanent deacons continued increas-" ing. As in the past, more than half of the world's 18,408 permanent deacons served the church in North America. The yearbook's authors said that the world's Catholic population probably includes another 5 million who live in China and other areas that cannot make diocesan reports to the Vatican for political and other reasons. Primarily because of more accurate reporting possibili- ties, significant changes were seen in the numbers of Catholics in the republics of the former Soviet Union. Figures on the Catholic population of Belarus were adjusted down to 1.5 million from 2 million in 1990, and in Ukraine the estimate for 1990 was 2.5 million, while the figure reported for 1991 was almost 5.2 million. The five countries the year- book reported as having the largest Catholic populations kept the ranking they have had since 1990, when the France. The five are: Brazil, with a population of almost ,, million. Mexico, with more 83.8 million Italy, with The United StateS, almost 55 million. The Philippines' 52.3 million catholicS' In the categOl '!Catholics as perCe the general pop  Mongolia with Catholics and Iron, and Nepal with ;02 were at the low end. San Marine, a surrounded Ital] the highest 99.85 percent of citizens being was Malta, wit cent. The number of of diocesan prl who left the was up to 608 in 1 yearly decline since At the same time, ber of new ordained and the diocesan and narians continues to In 1991 diocesan priests increase of 544 an increase 2,500 over the dained in the The yearboOk r total of 99.668 the prie philosophy studies. The ues a trend that stant since 1975.