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12--Catholic Northwest Progress Mrch 15, 1963 s you all know, the Archdiocese of Se- A atfle has undertaken a project designed to benefit everyone of the nearly 255,000 souls residing within its confines. The need for new high schools, I am sure, is most ap- parent to all of us. Last year, of nearly 3,000 pupils grad- uated from our elementary schools, less than half could! be accommodated in our high schools. We are seriously short of priests to serve the spiritual needs of our people. Year after year, dozens of young aspirants to the Archdiocesan priesthood, qualified academically and spiritually must be turned away from St. Edward's Seminary simply because there is no room for them. These vocations are a loss to all of us inthe Archdiocese. Another matter to which we must turn our attention is the care of the aged. Large numbers of our elderly Catholics are in dire need of homes where they may lead useful and satisfying lives in their declining years under Catholic auspices. These are matters which concern each and everyone of us. The situation calls for prompt action. The schools must be built; the seminary enlarged and homes for the aged constructed. This of course will require a substantial financial out- lay. Many methods of raising the necessary funds have been studied and finally I made the decision to inaugurate the Archdiocesan Development Fund. The decision to adopt this method to acquire the funds necessary to get. th program underway was made because it was felt that it would involve the least burden on our pastors and their loyal parishioners. I am sure all of you appreciate the need for these new facilKies. I am equally sure that as in the past, where you have loyally supported the growth of the Church in our Archdiocese through your parishes, you will now make the sacrifice in this archdiocesan effort which is much too large in scope to be undertaken by any single parish or any group of parishes The various plans of giving in the current campaign have been set at various levels so that nearly every wage- earning Catholic can carry his or her share. I prayerfully ask for your continued cooperation and generosity. Devotedly Yours In Christ, Thomas A. Archbishop of Seattle Arch Your. Oppt ..- -..-..-,_ ._ Gift plans in the General Phase of the current First Annual Arch- diocesan Development Fund Cam paign have been designed so that every family and wage earner in the Archdiocese may particlpate in the program aimed at the erection of several new high schools, expansion of St. Edward's Semir, ary and construction of homes for the ,aged. Catholic Action Gift This has been included in this final phase of the Campaign, for the benefit of families and wage earners who have been blessed less abundantly with worldly goods and yet wish to assist the pro- gram. Donors who wish to make a Catholic Action Gift may do so by making a down payment of $ I 0, thereafter making three monthly payments of $ I 0 each. After.the down payment, the completlon of the pledge durinq +he three-month period would amount +o a sacrifice of only 33 cents a day. The total pledge is $40. i Archdiocesan Patron To permit substantial giving on all levels, the Archdiocesan Patron gift plan is also suggested for coasiderafion. All-those who contribute $2,S00 or more will be acknowledged by receiving a plaque which may be displayed in home or office as a symbol of their generous support +o the De- velopment Fund. A payment plan spread over 10 monlhs has been arranged for +hls gift plan.