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Combined Collections

Combined Collections: Catholic Global Ministries 

Every October, parishioners are asked to donate to support these national ministries.

Click on the links to find out why supporting these ministries is so important.

This year's fall Combined Collections appeal takes place October 13-14, 2018. Information will be mailed to every registered Catholic household in southeastern Wisconsin.

There is the option to donate online using our secured page.

You may also make a donation by mailing your check (made out to Combined Collections) to:

Archdiocese of Milwaukee - Development Office
Combined Collections
3501 S. Lake Dr.
P.O. Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI  53207-0912

For questions, please call Michele Nabih at 414-769-3323.

Please Give Generously!


History of the Combined Collections:

In the mid-1980s, the Council of Priests got together to discuss the volume of “second collections” for various causes. The frequency of the ask (monthly) was too often and the important messages accompanying these charities were being diminished. 

As a result of the study, the first Combined Collections Program began across the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 1989.

Today, the collections are taken twice a year (June and October) and generally one focuses on national causes and the other on international. The same five charities are usually collected for during the spring (June) and fall (October) collections; however, occasionally a new charity is added to the mix and another removed.

One Church, One Mission

Let us have faith. Catholics in America, the faithful of all backgrounds, are good and generous people. Even in difficult economic times they are supportive of the Church’s work through financial contributions, in service, and with prayer. As leaders we need to trust them to make decisions about their generosity. We must give them the opportunity to support each national collection, to hear about and pray for the needs of the Church in our nation and throughout the world, and to live as faithful stewards as they give generously so that “gifts may be given to them” (cf. Lk 6:38). It is the ministry of the bishops and the responsibility of local and national leaders assisting the bishops to give the faithful the opportunity to be inspired by the breadth and depth of the Church’s outreach through these collections. We must also increase our trust in God’s providence that we will be able to meet the needs in our dioceses that present themselves while meeting the ongoing needs of the Universal Church. (USCCB, One Church, One Mission, 8)

To learn more about why the Church instituted national collections, including the canonical and scriptural foundations, continue reading the USCCB's mandate: One Church, One Mission