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Boston archdiocese begins annual fundraising drive

March 5, 2011

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BRAINTREE, Mass.—The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is launching its annual fundraising campaign.

On Saturday, Cardinal Sean O'Malley kicks off the 2011 Catholic Appeal, an initiative that provides 84 percent of the philanthropic funding for the archdiocese.

Most of the money goes toward various parish services. It also helps run schools, archdiocesan operations and more than 60 ministries shared by 144 cities and towns in the archdiocese.

Like last year, archdiocesan officials didn't set an official fundraising goal because of concerns that parishioners might feel stretched by several ongoing campaigns, including one for school improvements.

Donations to the Catholic Appeal have risen steadily since bottoming out at $8.8 million in 2002 at the height of the clergy sex abuse scandal. In 2009, the appeal raised just over $15 million.

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