Dear People of God in the Diocese of Chicago:

This has been an extraordinary year in the life of your diocese, and as it draws to a close, I want to express my gratitude for your faith, your perseverance, and your care. During this time of transition, you have supported one another’s vocations, helped your communities withstand the sorrows of COVID-19, and lavished hospitality on both Bishop-elect Paula Clark and me. I give thanks for our ministry together.

Before the year ends, I want to ask you to support our common life in one more way. By December 31, I hope that you will join me by making a gift to the 2021 Bishop’s Appeal. Here at the end of this most challenging year, we can express our gratitude for all that God has given us by supporting the programs and people that help our diocese’s congregations thrive. Especially as our parishes and missions begin to emerge from the pandemic, your generosity is a gesture of love and support for human thriving in our communities.

We have been called upon to support many urgent and worthy causes this year. And yet, I know that the more I give, the more grateful I am enabled to be. Practicing gratitude, I find, is like practicing the piano; the more we practice, the easier it gets. That ease, in turn, makes even more beautiful our hymns of thanksgiving to God, the Giver of all gifts.

Thank you for expressing your thanksgiving by making a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal. I am grateful for your faithfulness to the church we love.