Campaign Met and Exceeded Initial Goals
We are blessed to be back in our church, again whole with our enlivening faith environment. This new persistent message: Finish the Church, is our final push of the Capital Campaign, to complete the transformation of the entire campus and ensure our success for the next 30 years. While we have come far already, we will all need to work together to complete our vision of the new Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Over the next few weeks, we want to give you an opportunity to learn where we stand, how we got here, and what we need to do as a Parish Family.
The Parish Family of Saint John truly believed in the Mission of our Capital Campaign: Build Our Future, Serve Our Past. Our vision was to become a beacon of community and faith here in Naples, renewed with our Life Center and campus as a “new wineskin” of Catholic engagement for decades to come. As such, we defined a strategy of incremental improvements to Saint John that could be achieved based on the success of the campaign.
By the numbers, our Parish responded to this vision with substantial support. When we finally closed the initial campaign on March 8, 2018 (the three-year window allowed by the Diocese at the time), we had collected an impressive $11 million. And not just a small fraction of our Parish gave to this campaign. We had over 2,000 individuals and families participate, which is well over half of our Parish Family. The normal Catholic Church campaign currently has 27% participation in the US. We shattered that statistic and we easily gathered enough for the construction of the Pulte Family Life Center, and much more to shape the future of the campus:
We were just about to identify the additional partial campus improvements we could move forward with the success of our campaign in September of 2017, when we had a visitor… Hurricane Irma.
She changed everything. Stay tuned to next week to find out how we responded to this challenge.