Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Reverend Robert W. Muench, Diocese of Baton Rouge
“Compassion has a human face. It means to suffer with, to suffer together, to not remain indifferent to the pain and the suffering of others. It is what Jesus felt when he saw the crowds who followed him” (Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy). We have seen the need on many faces in recent weeks, as many thousands of our neighbors have experienced record flooding and the loss of everything they owned. Believing the Father has shown us mercy we follow a scriptural example. We embrace the hurting, and we address their needs.
We extend the call of the Jubilee Year with an invitation. Please Be Merciful by giving to support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Every gift is a loving picture of your appreciation for Christ’s mercy to you, contributing to help meet the needs of others. Through the ministries the BAA supports, you help bind the wounded, show compassion to the hurting, gather them into the Church, and grant them a true picture of the love of Jesus. As the Father has shown you mercy, we invite you to be merciful to others.
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Lk. 6:36).
Your involvement will be significant, no matter how substantial, no matter how modest. We follow the thirtieth anniversary year of the BAA with an unexpected challenge. Major funding resources have been challenged, some have been forced to adjust ministry budgets, and our fellow residents face the monumental task of starting over. With needs as profound as these, we must trust in the Lord and count on your consideration.
Of course, we also understand you may be among those hardest hit by the flood. As the Father has shown us mercy, we prayerfully seek the Lord’s blessing in your life during this difficult season. If, however, you are able, please join us. Contribute to the work of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Now is a time for compassion.
Yours in Christ,
Robert W. Muench
Bishop of Baton Rouge