2017 Returning God's Gifts Video!

Returning God's Gifts 2017 from Rob Faughnan/Dio of CO Springs on Vimeo.

Supporting Catholic initiatives and programs in the Diocese of Colorado Springs.  The goal for 2017 is $2.6 million. (Parish goals)

Latest Parish Progress

Catholic Charities and Social Service: 26%

Two recipients of funding from the Appeal are Catholic Charities and Partners in Housing.
Catholic Charities feeds the hungry at Marian House 365 days a year, assists immigrants as they integrate into a new society, and promotes self-sufficiency and life skills at the Hanifen Center.

Faith Formation and Education: 28%

There are 5 Catholic elementary schools, two Catholic preschools and one Catholic high school in the Diocese of Colorado Springs.  Returning God’s Gifts provides tuition assistance to Catholic school students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.  Additionally, the Appeal provides catechesis and faith formation to children, youth, young adults, and adults.

Forming Priests and Lay Leadership: 26%

The Appeal provides the necessary funding for men to attend the seminary and become priests in service to our diocese. It supports the formation process for men seeking ordination to the permanent diaconate.  It provides training for lay leadership development.

Parish Projects: 20%

The Returning God’s Gifts Appeal rebates 20% of the parish goal back to the parish.

Parish Goals

Charity and Social Service

Catholic Charities

The Marian House and Hanifen Center

The Marian House is the only soup kitchen in the Pikes Peak region that offers a hot meal 365 days of the year, making Catholic Charities the largest provider of hot, nutritious meals to those in need. Today, it serves 600+ meals most days, and those numbers tend to increase towards the end of the month as the family income is spent, and during the summer months when the free lunch program is not operating in all schools. In the past year alone, almost 9,000 meals were served to children.

The Hanifen Center at Marian House brings all Catholic Charities’ Marian House emergency and poverty reduction services together to meet the immediate basic needs of individuals and families, and to begin to move them forward in their journey toward stability and greater self-sufficiency. The Center is home to three Marian House programs: Client Services, Community Outreach Services, Life Support Services, and offers office space to partner agencies who provide services in any of eight core areas: housing, employment/income, life skills, education, mental health, medical/physical health, transportation, and childcare referrals.

Life Connections

Life Connections is a licensed, non-profit child placement agency with more than 40 years experience providing counseling, cradle foster care, and adoption services.

Family Immigration Services

Family Immigration Services provides assistance to immigrants and refugees to find a place in a welcoming community in three important areas: English as a Second Language, Naturalization and Family Immigration.

Partners in Housing

Partners in Housing is an organization whose mission is to provide homeless families with children the hope and opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency through supportive services and up to two years of transitional housing. These supportive services include case management, budget counseling, life skills training, and (when beneficial) professional therapy.

Faith Formation and Catholic Schools

The Diocese of Colorado Springs recognizes the value of lifelong formation toward building the Christian community, proclaiming the Christian message, gathering in worship and reaching out in service.

Total Catholic Education

Through Total Catholic Education the diocese integrates the many forms of parish and school catechetical and educational ministries into one united vision, providing support for parishes and schools for adults, youth and children that they may grow in faith and live more authentically each day.

Youth Ministry

The Appeal supports youth ministry by providing activities and organization to parish youth groups. Activities include junior high and high school youth rallies and an annual Chastity Rally. It also supports planning and logistics for youth pilgrimages to national conferences and World Youth Day.

Seminarian and Leadership Development

There are currently nine men in seminary, studying and undergoing formation for the priesthood. By giving to Returning God's Gifts, you are helping to form priests who will serve in our parishes for generations!


Full Ordination Mass; Fr. Erin Kochivar and Fr. Sean McCann

Deacons share in Christ’s mission and grace in a special way. The Sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with an imprint (“character”) which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the “deacon” or servant of all. Among other tasks, it is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity.

CCC 1570


The Diocese of Colorado Springs, like many dioceses, has a need for more priests. Permanent Deacons assist priests by engaging in pastoral and liturgical tasks. The Returning God’s Gifts Appeal funds education and formation for deacons, before and after ordination.

Lay Leadership Development

To help laity impact the culture by developing their faith more deeply and living it as strong witnesses in every area of their lives.

Priests are critical to accomplishing Christ’s mission on earth. There are currently ten men in seminary, studying and undergoing formation for eventual service within the Diocese of Colorado Springs.
Priests are critical to accomplishing Christ’s mission on earth. There are currently ten men in seminary, studying and undergoing formation for eventual service within the Diocese of Colorado Springs.
Priests are critical to accomplishing Christ’s mission on earth. There are currently ten men in seminary, studying and undergoing formation for eventual service within the Diocese of Colorado Springs.
Approximately 5% of all funds raised through the Returning God's Gifts Appeal for 2017 will help offset fundraising costs related to the appeal.

Due to the incredible response, matching gift availability for online recurring contributions has been exhausted! 

Thank you for your support. While online recurring gifts will no longer be matched, your gift is still important! Matching gifts were made possible by a group of generous donors who, through their commitment to Returning God's Gifts, wanted to create an incentive for new recurring donors who give online.  Funds are no longer available.

Returning God's Gifts Supports:

  • Hispanic Ministry
  • Deanery (regional) Ministry
  • Capuchin Mall Ministry
  • Seminarian Education
  • Diaconate Formation
  • Total Catholic Education
  • Mission Effectiveness (Lay Leadership Development)
  • Catholic School Scholarships
  • Pastoral Formation
  • Campus Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Young Adult Ministry
  • TCE Resource Center
  • Catholic Charities
  • Partners in Housing
  • Parish Projects


If you have questions about the RGG 2017 Appeal or would like to process your gift via telephone please call:

  • The Diocesan Office of Stewardship and Development
    at (719) 866-6531.
  • You can also email your questions to .