What is the Share in the Spirit campaign all about?
Share in the Spirit is an annual collection for tuition assistance of the Diocese of Wilmington. The collection is conducted at all Masses during the fourth weekend of September. This year, the collection will take place on September 25th and 26th, 2021. The funds raised provide assistance to elementary and secondary school students whose families struggle to afford the full cost of tuition.
Every family who receives tuition assistance pays for a portion of their child’s tuition. Your participation in this campaign helps to support hard-working families to make the dream of a Catholic education a reality.
What is the need?
Each year, the applications we receive for tuition assistance far outweighs the level of support we are able to provide.
FACTS, an independent agency that analyzes the financial need of each applicant, determined that more than $4.5 million would be required to fulfill the maximum need of every family qualified. And, every year, this number increases.
For this 2021-2022 school year the Diocese has allocated $884,400.00 to 363 students in need. Thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors like you, we have been able to increase the amount distributed by 24%. However the need for assistance is always much more than we are able to provide.
Why is Catholic education worth the investment?
An investment in Catholic Education is an investment in the future. National studies reveal, Catholic schools develop future leaders who impact communities. Catholic schools instill the importance of people helping people; emphasizing, we are all in this together.
Catholic schools provide smaller class sizes; taught by teachers who are passionate about the faith and learning experience. Students are provided critical and creative thinking skills, self-confidence and purpose, and are encouraged to contribute to a better world.
Here in the Diocese of Wilmington, our students are provided a resource-rich education of mind, body and soul. Ninety-nine percent of Catholic High School students graduate from high school, and are committed to service and compassion.
Gifts to the Share in the Spirit will be acknowledged by Bishop Koenig and are tax deductible as provided by law. All funds raised through the collection are used exclusively to support tuition assistance.
Thank you for being Companions on the Journey and giving the gift of a Catholic education.
For more information visit www.cdow.org/sharespirit.html.