Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As I finish up what I believe to be my last year as your Bishop, I continue to see the importance of the Catholic Foundation throughout our Diocese.

First, Catholic school education remains one of my top priorities for our Diocese. Many families continue to face the challenge of affording a Catholic education. My dream is that families who truly want a Catholic school education for their children have access to it. The Catholic Foundation has been an instrumental partner for our schools throughout the Diocese. In fact, while many other Dioceses across the nation see a decline in enrollment in their Catholic schools, we are seeing a slight increase in enrollment. This is because of the efforts of the Catholic Foundation, as well as the successful partnership with Step Up For Students that many of our schools experience.

The Foundation also exists to serve our parishes with their long-term security, as well as educate parishioners about the value of Leaving a Legacy at their parish.  To that end, they have worked with many parishes throughout the Diocese to host Life Planning Seminars and work with individual parishioners as they plan their future gifts.

Thank you for joining me in helping our Catholic Church here in our Diocese. May the Lord bless us all and with every best wish, I remain,

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch
Bishop of St. Petersburg