The 2019 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal

Making Christ Visible in Southern Illinois

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal (CSMA) is an annual, diocesan-wide collection that helps fund 15 ministries and offices that provide social, parish and education services in the Catholic Diocese of Belleville:

  • Catholic Urban Programs
  • Daystar Community Program
  • Griffin Center
  • Respect Life Ministry 
  • Office of Worship
  • Office of Hispanic Ministry
  • Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School 
  • Seminarians/Vocations
  • Prison Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Office of Grants/Communications
  • CSMA Fund for Ministry
  • Newman Catholic Student Center
  • Faith Formation/Education
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Belleville Council

The mission of the Church…to ensure the healing, teaching and sanctifying presence of Jesus Christ in the ministries and programs that bring hope to countless people throughout the diocese…is only made possible through your support.  Every dollar raised is restricted to support only the work of those ministries and programs listed above

Please pray for the success of The 2019 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal and, if your circumstances permit, consider making a gift or pledge of any size. Your contributions are deeply appreciated, very much needed and will make a difference in the lives of many!

  • A message from The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, PhD., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville about
    The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal.

The 2019 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal

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Or by check, by sending a gift to:

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal
Diocese of Belleville
222 South Third St.
Belleville, IL 62220 

Or by credit card, by calling 618-277-8181, Ext. 1131

The Catholic Diocese of Belleville is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.


Daystar Community Program...

Providing food, clothing, shelter and emergency assistance of all types to those in need in the six southernmost counties of our state.    

“In the devastated community of Cairo and the surrounding areas served by Daystar, stories of faith, hope and love definitely do not go unnoticed!  BJ, a young, single mom with two children, working two jobs, had to vacate her home in public housing due to closure and demolition of all

housing units by the Federal government.  Not wanting to leave her hometown, she purchased a home for taxes only. Located behind Daystar’s soup kitchen, The Kitchen Table, the house could barely be seen because of the tall, overgrown weeds and debris that surrounded it.  Yet, BJ was a determined mother with the courage and FAITH it would take to make this derelict house a home for her small family.  She had HOPE, knowing Daystar’s staff would be by her side to begin the many repairs, painting and clean-up that was needed...that she would not be alone in this challenge.  The last element of our story – LOVE – was freely given and shared between BJ and the many Daystar volunteers who worked so hard to make her house a home…young people and their chaperones from Holy Childhood Parish in Mascoutah, Immaculate Conception in Columbia, St. Mary the Immaculate Conception in Mount Vernon and students from Loyola Academy and St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. These wonderful groups come and volunteer with us every year as they join Daystar in doing God’s work, freely giving of themselves to bring faith, hope and love to those in need in a community that has been forgotten by so many.”

                                                            -Sherry Miller, Daystar Community Program Director

Office of Hispanic Ministry...

Coordinating and collaborating with parishes and diocesan agencies to welcome and involve Hispanics in the life of the local church, provide sacramental ministry and offer advocacy and social services as needed.    

“A member of the Hispanic community at St. Stephen’s Church contacted our Office of Hispanic Ministry about a Caseyville family who had recently lost their 12-year-old child to suicide.  We called to offer our support and were able to relieve the family of some of the unexpected funeral expenses by assisting with the payment of their electric bill for the following month.  Our office remains in touch with the mother who is a stay-at-home mom with two other children and she and her husband both attend therapy sessions to help them cope with this tremendous tragedy.”

                                                -Ada Jimenez, Office of Hispanic Ministry Family Advocate

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School...

Deepening faith in Jesus Christ and providing a holistic learning approach to faith development and education within a Catholic framework for students in kindergarten through grade 8 from East St. Louis and surrounding communities.

“Holistic education is the foundation of success at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis. Just one example is two of our students, Monye’ and Keenon who have both taken the dance ministry part of their education seriously.  They are now confident leaders and students at the school.  They have spent countless hours perfecting their dancing to praise God, just as Sister Thea did, and they have brought their fellow students up the ladder with them as they have moved ahead in developing critical life skills of leadership, time management, discipline, prayer and study.  Monye’ and Keenon are both honor students, play violin and participate in dance ministry at church and at Genesis Arts Ministry; Keenon also participates in robotics.  They both look forward to continuing dance and going to college to fulfill their life dreams.”

                                                -Dan Nickerson, Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School Principal

Prison Ministry...

Bringing Catholic service and perspective to all those affected by incarceration in the 28 counties comprising the Diocese of Belleville, including those who are incarcerated in federal, state and local correctional institutions, their families, victims and communities.   

“Recently JW was paroled from Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center (SWICC)) in East St. Louis, the former Assumption High School.  During the time he was incarcerated he served as our ‘unofficial sacristan and lector’ at the regular Masses which we celebrated on Wednesdays; he was highly regarded by every priest, deacon and lay volunteer who were a part of our rotating ministry schedule at the correctional center.  JW was paroled just before Christmas and is now living in Columbia, where I am sacramental minister at Immaculate Conception Parish.  I see him regularly at Mass on Sundays. He is also now seeking employment, assisted in his job search by Deacon John Fridley, one of our Prison Ministry team members at SWICC.  JW is an excellent example of ‘prison ministry done right’.”

                                                -The Rev. Christian Reuter, O.F.M., Prison Ministry Coordinator 


The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal:  
Making Christ Visible in Southern Illinois

2018 Campaign

(March, 2018 - February, 2019)

The CSMA Agency Allocation and Accountability Committee Members

 Mr. William Barbieri, Belleville • The Rev. Thomas Barrett, Vienna • Mrs. Barbara Burke, Dahlgren  
Sister Barbara Jean Franklin, A.S.C., Red Bud • Mr. William Harper, III, Murphysboro • Sister Annette Kaba, O.S.F., Belleville  
Ms. Kathy Mulvin, Centralia • The Rev. Joseph Oganda, DuQuoin • The Rev. Edward Schaefer, St. Rose  
Sister Diane Turner, S.S.N.D., Carlyle • The Rev. Msgr. Marvin Volk, Millstadt • The Rev. Ronald Weber, Lawrenceville
Mrs. Kathryn Wolsing, Benton • Mr. James Zwilling, Olney 
Diocesan Staff:  Mr. Michael Gibbons, Ms. Kathleen Hunt, Ms. Judy Phillips

Dear Friends in Christ,

 "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace." 1 Peter 4:10

     The life of a Christian steward models the life of Jesus.  It is challenging and even difficult in many respects, yet intense joy comes to those who take the risk to live as Christian stewards. Women and men who seek to live as stewards learn that “…all things work for good for those who love God".  Romans 8:28.

     After Jesus, we look to Mary as an ideal steward.  As the Mother of Christ, she lived her ministry in a spirit of fidelity and service; she responded generously to the call. We must ask ourselves:  Do we also wish to be disciples of Jesus Christ and Christian stewards of our world and our Church?  Central to our human and Christian vocations, as well as to the unique vocation each one of us receives from God, is that we be good stewards of the gifts we possess. God gives us this divine-human workshop, this world and Church of ours.

     The Spirit shows us the way.  Stewardship is a part of that journey.

- To be a Christian Steward: U.S. Bishop's Pastoral Letter on Stewardship

With sincere humility and respect, we remain,
members of The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal
Agency Allocation and Accountability Committee

CSMA Contact

The Chancery
222 South Third Street
Belleville, IL 62220-1985
Fax: 618-277-0819

Director of Development

Ms. Judy Phillips

Data Manager

Ms. Nancy Wade