My Dear Friends in Christ:
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. (Matt. 9:9) It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2014 Diocesan Development Drive, Follow Me. Our theme is inspired by the motto chosen by Pope Francis, as he sets forth his vision for our Church, that each of us as followers of Jesus, do not merely walk after Him, but more importantly as His disciples imitate Him.
With inspiration and encouragement from Pope Francis, as disciples we accept the mission to build up Christ’s Church. The 2014 Diocesan Development Drive officially begins the weekend of February 1-2. This call to discipleship is an opportunity to serve God, His Holy Church, and one another. It is the same experience as when Jesus called Matthew to follow Him.
The diocese provides services which exceed the abilities of the parishes, such as formation of future priests and deacons. Through your gift to the Diocesan Development Drive you ensure that the over thirty ministries, programs and services which serve our Catholic community throughout Utah, continue to do so with grace-filled actions.
Your generous gift, large or small, will make a difference. I ask you to prayerfully consider the Lord’s call to Follow Me, participate, and make a real difference in the lives of those we serve. May God bless you and guide in your decision to support the work of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City by making a gift to the 2014 Diocesan Development Drive.
With warm personal regards, I remain
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
The Most Reverend John C. Wester
Bishop of Salt Lake City