Independent foundation to operate Catholic Services Appeal

| January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

csa14The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Area (CSA) was recently established as an independent tax-exempt non-profit corporation to receive and distribute all CSA donor dollars.

Timothy Healy, president of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation, was one of the officers who signed the paperwork filed with Minnesota’s secretary of state.

“Donors can be sure that through this foundation, which will have its own separate bank account, and through ongoing outside auditing of receipts, that every ­single dollar goes to the identified beneficiaries and only the identified beneficiaries,” said Healy, who with his wife Helen are serving as the 2014 CSA chair couple.

The foundation’s two other officers are Bill Mohrman and John Norris (see sidebar below).

All dollars collected by the CSA will be used only for the benefit of the designated ministries of the CSA.

Timothy Healy said the recent media reports about clergy sexual abuse have been frustrating and disappointing. He stressed that these failures do not define what it means to be Catholic.

“There are so many people in need, and we can’t not help them,” he said. “We need to do what God has called us to do. We are the instruments to help these people.”

Essential ministries

Many people throughout the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and beyond benefit from the appeal: Funds are used for parish out-

reach, Catholic school tuition aid, the Rediscover: initiative, seminarian support and the work of Cath­olic Charities, and other essential Church ministries. The fund­raising goal is $9.3 million.

Mohrman said the CSA gives people in the archdiocese the opportunity to pool their resources to help a number of ministries and charities, many of which don’t have the means and ability to do their own fundraising.

“Because of the CSA, these groups can focus on their mission and continue to do the good work they’re known for,” Mohrman said.

In upcoming issues, The Catholic Spirit will fea­ture stories about how the Catholic Services Appeal has helped tens of thousands of people over the years. The 2014 CSA officially launches at parish Masses throughout the archdiocese on the weekend of Feb. 22-23, with the theme “Seek First the Kingdom of God,” from Matthew 6:24-34.

The foundation’s website — csafspm.org — is scheduled to go live at the end of January. To learn more about the 2014 CSA, visit the website or call (651) 291-4448.


CSAF board members

Tim Healy is head of Team Spine Minnesota LLC, a surgical and medical instrument distributor in Minneapolis. He grew up in Edina attending Our Lady of Grace. After graduating from St. John’s University in Collegeville, he served with NET Ministries for a year, and then as St. Rose of Lima’s youth minister for three years. Tim and his wife, Helen, attend Holy Family parish in St. Louis Park with their seven children. The couple serves as representatives of the 2014 CSA.

Bill Mohrman is a founding member of Mohrman & Kaardal, a law firm representing individuals and businesses. He grew up in northern New Jersey and graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1982 and a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 1985. He and his wife, Joanne, have two children and attend St. Anne in Hamel, where they serve as lectors.

John Norris is president and CEO of Atscott Manufacturing Inc. in Pine City, and an owner in Tower Solutions LLC in Bloomington. He is a member of the Twin Cities chapter of Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders. He and his wife, Nancy, are members of St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony. At St. Peter in Forest Lake, John chaired parish committees, a parish capital campaign, served as parish trustee, and was active in most lay liturgical ministries. He previously served on the board for St. John Vianney College Seminary. John and Nancy have three grown children and 13 grandchildren.

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