CATHOLIC EDUCATION: Our Catholic schools serve over 6,000 students with more than 600 teachers in 37 elementary schools and 3 high schools across the diocese. Our Catholic elementary schools thrive on a tithing model rather than tuition. Generous support of parishioners allows our schools to reach even more students as part of the evangelizing mission of the Church. Our Catholic schools are affordable to families who seek an excellent education in a Christ-centered environment. Your gift supports our Catholic School Office, providing guidance, training and administrative support to pastors, principals, faculty and staff. It ensures that our children receive a strong foundation for transforming the world with Gospel values. FORMATION: Growing in faith and knowledge of Christ must be a lifelong pursuit. Your gift helps support pastoral ministries, Hispanic and youth ministry, development and other services to parishes and individuals. FOSTERING VOCATIONS: Tomorrow’s pastors are in our seminaries today. Your gift helps seminarians receive essential academic, spiritual and emotional formation that spans five to eight years. MATRIMONIAL TRIBUNAL: Pre-marriage assessment and annulment services are essential for building strong families and healing broken bonds. Your gift helps the diocese offer these services free of charge. CHANCERY SERVICES: The Catholic Center in Jefferson City is the bishop’s base of operations for ministries to parishes. Your gift helps cover services for employees and visitors to the Catholic Center, in addition to building and grounds maintenance. OUTREACH: Concern for people in need helps identify us as followers of Christ. Our diocese’s commitment to Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri helps provide advocacy for the poor, assistance to individuals in need, and ongoing response to recent flooding and disasters in our diocese. COMMUNICATION: Through good communication, our diocese is able to evangelize and amplify the mission of the Church. Your gift helps support the work of our communication office and The Catholic Missourian.