Catholic Charities opens first ‘Share Your Heart’ campaign

In this time of Valentines and expressions of love, the renewed Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is inviting people to “Share Your Heart” with a gift in support of its mission to serve those in need around central Illinois.

“There are so many children, women, families, and elderly that need us, especially in today’s economy,” said Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, president and director of mission and ministry, in a letter mailed this month to more than 18,000 past supporters of Catholic Charities.

The appeal announces that, in lieu of a major event in 2013 such as a fundraising dinner, Catholic Charities is seeking support through the new “Share Your Heart” campaign.

Sister Ana Pia recalled that a year ago Catholic Charities was forced to discontinue its foster care and adoption services because of conflicts with state legislation passed regarding same-sex unions. As a result, the agency no longer accepts state funding and “has gone back to its foundational structure and become, more than ever, a donation based social outreach for those in great need,” she wrote.

“The building and supporting of our charitable work is an ongoing process, but we are thrilled to show you how far we have come in just under a year,” said Sister Ana Pia. She pointed to newly opened baby supply and food pantries, a furniture bank, and outreaches to seniors and Hispanics. Catholic Charities is also working more closely with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

“So much exciting growth and activity is happening at Catholic Charities,” said Sister Ana Pia, noting the organization is “strongly rooted in Christ.”

In addition to financial gifts, the campaign also invites volunteerism. Donations may be made by check and mailed to Catholic Charities, 419 N.E. Madison Ave., Peoria, IL 61603-3719, or by credit card online at the agency’s newly redesigned website,

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