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A Message from the Bishop

Dear friend and colleague,

In this, the Diocese of Ohio’s Bicentennial year, we are looking toward a new century of ministry both in parishes and as a diocese. For each of us, it is an occasion to imagine what God is dreaming for our common vocation as the body of Christ and to prepare for what the future offers in challenge and opportunity.

I invite you to join me in pursuing all that lies ahead by helping provide the financial resources that every year allow us to do the new thing that God is offering.

Last year the Appeal raised more than $265,000, thanks to the generosity of 559 households. $100,000 of that went directly to Episcopal Community Services (ECS) to support parish-based ministries serving local communities. These vital outreach ministries feed the hungry, educate children and young adults, provide spiritual freedom for people who are in prison, give hope to those who are struggling, and carry out God’s work in creative and inspired ways. Such programs provide crucial assistance to those in need.

Funds raised through the Appeal also help to underwrite mission trips and leadership development. They provide summer internships for high school and college students. They support our students in residential seminaries as well as in our exciting new “local cohort” collaboration with Bexley Seabury Seminary. And they make possible the Curate Program begun last year for newly ordained clergy.

It is only through your continued support that we are able to make such a difference in the lives of so many. I give thanks for your generous spirit and for your continued giving.


Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.

The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.


Your donation to the Bishop's Annual Appeal may be made securely online using the Donate button below. Clicking on the Donate button will take you to PayPal, where your personal information will be encrypted and processed. You do not need a PayPal account to use this means of donation.


If you prefer to send a check, please use this address:

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Episcopal Diocese of Ohio
2230 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2499

For more information, call or email Betty Kondrich at 216-774-0466 or in the Office of Development and Planned Giving.


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