1959 – Opus Santi Petri
This was an annual campaign conducted by volunteers who would go house to house and ask for donations to support the seminaries – buildings and operations.
1969 – Archbishop’s Annual Catholic Appeal created under Archbishop Leo Byrne
This annual campaign was established to benefit education, urban affairs (charitable organizations, inner-city parishes), retired priests, youth, aged, and seminarians.
2009 – Name changes to the Catholic Services Appeal under Archbishop John Nienstedt
The name of the Appeal was changed to reflect the fact that funds raised in the Appeal are used for the collective ministries of the Archdiocese that no one parish or person can fund on their own. All gifts received are solicited specifically for these collective ministries.
2013 – Catholic Services Appeal Foundation is created
The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation was created in 2013.
The Foundation ensures that all funds received are used for the purposes for which the gifts are solicited.
In April of 2015, the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation moved to its new home in Plymouth, MN.
The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation currently has five employees.
As of February 2019, CSAF has 18 volunteer board members.
Many of the designated ministries are set forth in the Articles and Bylaws and remain the same year-to-year. Major recipients of the Appeal include Catholic Grade Schools and High Schools within the Archdiocese (including individual student scholarships), the Seminaries of Saint Paul, Catholic Charities, Catholic Hospital Chaplains, and Latino Ministries. There are 20 Designated Ministries in all, with Abria Pregnancy Resources, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Twin Cities the most recent additions in 2019. Parishes are also a ministry served, with each parish receiving 25% of the funds it collects after meeting its parish Appeal goal.