In 2013 the Most Reverend John O. Barres established the Annual Appeal as a Charitable Trust and formed a Board of Trust Advisors. The Trust Advisors serves as a critical community champion of the Because We Are Catholic Appeal.


The Because We are Catholic Annual Appeal unites 83 parishes, 31 Catholic Elementary Schools, 7 Catholic High Schools, and 3 Special Learning Centers in our diocese in common effort to share the Catholic faith.

Because We Are Catholic is underway!

Every Penny Helps

Remember to Give From the Heart this Year and Share the Light of Christ. Check back here to follow the journey we take this year.

Bishop's Message

Dear Friends,

In this year that has been filled with upheaval and change, I have been deeply moved by the everyday acts of kindness and faith that defines who we are as Catholics and as a community. Simple actions and basic choices have sustained us. In many cases, those ordinary decisions have saved the lives of neighbors, family, and friends.

Supporting the Because We Are Catholic Appeal is one of those choices you can make today that places the Diocese of Allentown on the front lines of service for those in need. With your help, we are “doers of the words and not hearers only” (James 1:22). As reflected in the name of our Appeal, we must live our faith together in action Because We Are Catholic. 

I am tremendously proud of all our work together and extremely grateful for your support. Thank you in advance your faith, your kindness, your prayers, and your support of the 2020 Because We Are Catholic Appeal

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert

Bishop of Allentown


Because We Are Catholic 2020

Please take a moment to watch our 2020 Because We Are Catholic video to learn more about the program and where the donations are going. Thank you to every generous person who has given to the Because We Are Catholic Appeal. Every penny helps those in need.

Because We Are Catholic (Spanish)

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You have a wonderful opportunity to continue the legacy of our Diocesan family by making a leadership gift to this year’s appeal.

Six month gift

We are asking every parishioner to consider a six-month pledge to the Because We Are Catholic  Appeal. Monthly reminders will be mailed from the Diocesan Office to assist you in fulfilling your pledge.

Donate now

All contributions will be allocated solely and exclusively for the ministries as identified in this case statement. Without your support, many of these services would not be possible.

Gift of securities

Many parishioners prefer making a gift of securities because they will receive the full value of the securities as the gift value and pay no capital gains tax. Please consult your personal tax advisor regarding the special rules of gifts of appreciated property.

Recurring gift

Make a larger gift by making smaller payments! Consider making a recurring gift via electronic funds transfer, an automatic credit card transaction, or by setting up your online banking system to make a recurring payment.

Matching gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Please contact the Human Resources department at your place of employment for specific information to ensure that your gift will be eligible for a match.


You can remember the Because We Are Catholic Appeal in your will. This may provide your estate with a federal and estate tax advantage.


“True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.”

– Pope Francis

Prayer Request/Tell Your Story

A seminarian would like to offer your intentions as part of his daily Mass. Please share your intentions even if you are not able to support the Appeal.

Please write your request below and return in the enclosed envelope or place in the collection basket at your parish.

Please remember my/our intentions during your daily Mass:

2020 BWAC Prayer Request Card PDF Download

Tarjeta de solicitud de oración BWAC 2020





How has your Catholic faith made a difference in your family? With your friends? At your parish? In your workplace? How have you been called to serve?

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