Catholics step up to make it a record year for ShareLife

  • January 31, 2024

The Archdiocese of Toronto’s annual ShareLife parish charitable appeal soared to a record high $14.2 million haul in 2023, surpassing the previous record set in 2021 by more than $300,000. 

Just as they gave charitably during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, Toronto Catholics displayed their resilient generosity again in 2023 amid a host of economic challenges. 

“The fact we were able to do this in a very challenging year where people are facing higher interest rates, food prices and mortgage payments shows that our Catholic community is responding to the needs of the people who turn to our agencies for help,” said Arthur Peters, executive director of ShareLife and the archdiocese’s director of development.

Single mothers, families, seniors, the homeless, refugees and people living with physical disabilities are among those who are helped via the 42 social service agencies financially supported by ShareLife.

Toronto Archbishop Francis Leo offered his appreciation to his flock with a special congratulatory message.

“In my brief time as archbishop, I have been deeply moved by the sensitive and giving spirit that pervades our archdiocese,” wrote Leo. “Your commitment to demonstrating love through tangible actions truly inspires me. 

“In the Biblical account of the multiplication of the loaves, we witness the profound impact that love can have. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves to feed the hungry crowd, your compassion multiplies blessings for those on the fringes of society. May you continue to be moved by His love for us and inspired to share your blessings with our brothers and sisters.”

Once again, an anonymous donor stepped forward late in the campaign and offered to match up to $500,000 in contributions. Peters credits this mystery individual for making a key difference. He also said that the more than $520,000 contributed last autumn to charities, meal programs and parish-based food banks contending with the ongoing food insecurity crisis signalled that ShareLife is responsive and decisively acts to serve the community.

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