BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Over the next five years, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo plans to raise $100 million through a massive campaign launched Thursday.
"Together, we look to strengthen those we serve, those who serve, and how we serve," said Bishop Richard Malone.
Malone says those are the three pillars the Diocese plans to invest in and strengthen through ther capital and endowment campaign, called Upon This Rock. The campaign will take place at each of the Diocese's 164 parishes. So far, $29 million has already been raised.
"Most of the money raised for this will be set aside in the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese to support the work of the church in perpituity," said Malone.
Of the $100 million, $17 million will go towards improving technology in Catholic schools and providing tuition assistance. Cardinal O'Hara High School is one of almost 50 within the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo that would benefit.
"Knowing that Upon this Rock establishes a permanent endowment to provide high school tuition assistance helps bring added stability into our future and to that of our students," said Mary Holzerland, Cardinal O'Hara principal.
Over the past few years, the Diocese was forced to right-size its Catholic elementary schools due to a decrease in enrollment. Leaders believe enrollment could increase as a result of this campaign.
Additionally, $56 million will also go towards parishes and outreach, $10 million will go towards charitable works, and $17 million will go towards educating the next generation of clergy and providing care for retired priests.
"Our Catholic church in Western New York stands ready to face the future," said Malone.