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Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese fundraising campaign reaches $50 million

| Monday, May 27, 2013, 5:51 p.m.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has received more than $50 million in commitments as an ambitious five-year, $125 million fundraising campaign enters a new phase.

All 11 initial parishes surpassed their standard campaign targets, reaching 110 percent of their collective goal in the “Our Campaign for The Church Alive!” effort, the diocese announced on Monday.

Fundraising is under way in 41 other parishes. Two more 16-week phases will begin in the remainder of the 200 parishes in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties, according to a statement from Bob DeWitt, campaign spokesman.

“Our ‘Campaign for The Church Alive!' is a historic endeavor to ensure that our Catholic community can continue to do God's work and effectively minister to His people,” Bishop David A. Zubik said.

Zubik personally raised nearly $32 million in leadership commitments for the campaign, DeWitt said.

DeWitt said the clergy also “led by example,” pledging more than $2.54 million over the next five years, five times their target of $500,000.

All funds will be overseen and allocated by an independent nonprofit charitable corporation, the diocese said.

Diocesan ministries and programs receiving support will include need-based tuition grants for Catholic schools, religious education, technology for secondary schools, evangelization programs, Catholic communications, Catholic Charities, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, seminarian formation and support for retired priests and other senior citizens.

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