The Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa, a family of Catholic Communities, is called to deeper discipleship and stewardship in the mission of Jesus Christ.

Established in 1962, the Diocese of Santa Rosa includes 41 parish communities, 22 missions, 15 schools and numerous social service centers across six counties of California's sweeping North Coast.



Stewardship is a spiritual concept that defines and describes our personal relationship with God. It acknowledges our dependence on God’s love and mercy and expresses our gratitude for all of God’s gifts to us. This spirituality motivates us to live our lives for God and to actively use all that He has given us to serve Him – by serving others.
Our Bishops encourage four key steps to stewardship:

    All that we have, our lives, health, family, friends, financial capability, creative or physical attributes, come from a loving God. We should accept them while always giving thanks.
    Musicians study and practice - as do athletes – we should, too. Every gift can likely be enhanced. We should also take care of our environment – the air that we breathe, the water that we drink.
    These were not given us for our sole enjoyment; rather, we have been put in charge of them and it’s up to us to see that we, our family, and others benefit from them.
    Increase occurs when we enhance the basic gifts God gave us (through study and practice), and it happens when we use a gift for someone else and our act inspires that someone to live their life more for God. (USCCB Pastoral Letter; “Stewardship – A Disciple’s Response” 1992)





The ministry efforts of the Diocese of Santa Rosa provide education, enrichment, hope, care, social services and opportunities for spiritual growth to 160,000 men, women and children. The Annual Ministry Appeal, One Family in Mission, helps to support these important ministry efforts.

Bishop's Message

My dear friends in Christ,

2016 is proving to be an active year here in the central Office of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Your generosity to prior Annual Ministry Appeals has enabled our existing ministries to continue assisting our parishes and schools so that these parishes and schools can better serve our people. Your support of our capital campaign, “Professing our Faith, Walking in Hope, and Building God’s Kingdom”, provides hope that we will be able to expand some existing offices and to establish others which our Diocese has not had for some time.

Asking for money is uncomfortable even when asking generous people. But, once again, I ask you to support the Annual Ministry Appeal. The money you give to this Appeal helps to pay the on-going costs of eighteen existing ministries. A list of those ministries, and a brief description of each, can be found on this website. Many of you will identify with the need to support our schools and to make them more available for those who otherwise could not afford to attend. Others will find kinship with our support of seminarians and priests – especially our retired priests, many of whom continue to serve our parishes and schools. Others will appreciate our work with Youth and Young Adults or our Religious Education Office’s support of teaching our faith to young people and to new comers to Catholicism.

Whichever of these eighteen ministries you identify with, be assured that we fully intend to continue to support them. At the same time our hope is to reinitiate a Family Life Ministry, re-open our Respect Life Office, and increase our efforts in Hispanic Ministry and in Evangelization. All of this will require added funds to meet the on-going costs of operation. The Annual Ministry Appeal provides funding for much (but not all) of these costs.

No one can tell you how much you should give, except to encourage you to give sacrificially. Our gift should ‘cost’ us something. Sacrificial giving means to give enough that you have to make some sacrifice, however small or large, in order to complete the gift. That kind of giving makes us a part of the lives of those who receive the benefit of our gift. Please give this your full consideration, make and complete a pledge, and help us to expand and continue the many services of our Diocese.

With gratitude for your generosity and your consideration, I remain,

                                                                                                 Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,

                                                                                                The Most Reverend Bishop Robert F. Vasa
                                                                                                 Bishop of Santa Rosa

Parish Goals
Each parish is assigned a goal to be raised each year. 80% of that goal MUST be reached, or the parish makes up the difference. Any contributions OVER the goal are returned to the parish.

Click here for a list of the parish goals (Link)

We encourage pledges of up to 10 months. This enables each donor to pay off the pledge over an extended period of time, thus enabling a larger contribution without incurring a financial hardship. Simply print off the pledge card in either English or Spanish, complete the pledge, and mail to the Diocese at P.O. Box 4077, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 (Click here for pledge card).

Click here for a brief description of each of the ministries that benefit from the Appeal.

There are a variety of ways to give and to make payments on pledges (Click here)
Click here to view the Appeal brochure 
Click here to view the book mark  

This annual drive helps support the ministries of the Diocese which provide services to the parishes and schools. Those ministries are:

Ministries in our Diocese

Campus Newman Centers    
        Sonoma State Newman Center Rev. John Boettcher 707.794.7957
        Humboldt State Newman Center Rev. Balaswamy Govindu 707.822.7696
Child & Youth Protection Office Julie Sparacio 707-566-3308
Clergy Formation Rev. Michaelraj Philominsamy 707-837-8962
Communication Christopher Lyford 707-566-3302
Department of Catholic Schools Dr. Linda Norman 707-566-3393
Diaconate and Diaconate Formation Deacon Peter Mathews 707-257-3064
  Deacon Gary Moore 707-539-5377
Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs Rev. Thomas Devereaux 707-479-1275
Hispanic Ministry Rev. Oscar Diaz 707-263-4401
Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa Mother Teresa Christe 707-326-7593
Native American Ministry Rev. Balaswamy Govindu 570-822-7696
Religious Education Deacon Dennis Purificacion 707-566-3313
Respect Life   707-566-3393
Restorative Justice Deacon John Storm 707-544-9080
Seminarians Rev. Frank Epperson 707-542-6984
Tribunal Rev. Abel Mena 707-566-3331
Vocations Rev. Raul Lemus 707-495-6750
Youth Camps / Youth Ministry Stephen Morris 707-566-3343
Development Office Deacon John Norris 707.566.3344
  Renee Van Esso 707.566.3303


The spirit of generosity and service among the people of the Diocese of Santa Rosa is unwavering. Our people strive to fulfill the mission of the Church in all seasons: to teach, feed, heal and pray. It is a mission that flows from our identity as Eucharistic people, a people gathered to give thanks for the abundant blessings that we share. We envision an even stronger, more vibrant Catholic community, entrusted by God to meet the pastoral needs of the people in Northern California. To accomplish this we plan to build on our storied history by:

  • Providing direct financial support to parishes
  • Expanding the infrastructure of Catholic Charities to serve the most fragile or our sisters and brothers, as well as increase its operational support
  • Providing added support for our seminarians, continuing education of our priests, and adequately caring for our retired clergy
  • Increasing the access to education in our Catholic schools
  • Strengthening existing ministries and creating new ones to address the needs and issues that challenge the values of our Faith and family life
  • Providing support for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa


To accomplish this, a Capital Campaign was initiated throughout the Diocese beginning in 2013. Each parish was assigned a goal. If a parish generates pledges of more than 80% of that goal, they immediately begin receiving 25% of those contributions for the parish’s own use. An additional 10% of those receipts are placed on deposit in the Catholic Community Foundation in the name of the parish to be used to fund extraordinary/emergency capital needs. As of July 31, 2016, $2,818,052* has been returned directly to parishes while another $382,220 has been placed on deposit for those parishes in the Catholic Community Foundation.

(Click here for a list of parish goals).

Five year pledges are encouraged in order to facilitate parish and Diocese planning. Gifts and pledge payments may be made in a variety of ways (Click here to view donation possibilities)

* Includes donor specified gifts.


We encourage the use of planned approaches throughout one’s life, and especially at one’s death, to transfer accumulated assets to family members and charities. This ensures that a person’s own wishes are followed and that the cost of such disposition is minimized, thereby providing the maximum benefit to the selected heirs.

An organized approach to assisting our people in this process is a new activity in our Development Office. We held our first parish seminar in July of 2016 at Saint Eugene Cathedral in Santa Rosa. This pilot program will be followed by seminars throughout the Diocese thereafter. These seminars will be casual meetings conducted by qualified attorneys and certified financial planners. There will be no charge.

Watch this space for information as this activity develops.


Throughout the United States, Catholic dioceses support a variety of Catholic causes through Special Collections requested by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In addition, our Diocese will from time to time request the parishes to take up a second collection to benefit some portion of our population; examples would be the support of parishes in Napa following the earthquake two years ago, or last year to support the parishes and people in Lake County following the devastating forest fires. Parishes add their own special collections to meet the needs of their school, their St. Vincent de Paul Society, or other local needs. (CLICK HERE) for a list of USCCB requested special collections.


We have good parishes throughout the Diocese, but any and all of them could be even better, accomplish even more, if everyone who considers themselves a Catholic was fully engaged and participating. All of us know really good people who consider themselves Catholic, but who do not attend Mass or participate otherwise in parish life. Parish Building programs can assist the parish in increasing engagement of existing Mass attenders, reaching out to Catholics who do not regularly attend Mass, and evangelizing non-Catholics. Call the Development Office (707) 566-3344 for more information.



There are several ways to make your gift to the Diocese, and in each case, your chosen parish will be credited for your contribution, either to the Annual Ministry Appeal or to the Capital Campaign, “Professing our Faith, Walking in Hope, Building God’s Kingdom”, as you choose.

Click (HERE) or Click the On-Line Giving Logo wherever you see it on this webpage. You’ll be transferred to our On-Line Giving Site.  You can make a pledge and arrange to use either a debit card or a credit card to make the payments. You can also establish the frequency and amount of your gifts or pledge payments.

You can also direct the system to transfer money directly from your bank account to the account of the Diocese by providing your bank’s Routing and Transit info, your account number, the amount and frequency that you desire to give.


For the Annual Ministry Appeal -Make your check out to “AMA” or "Annual Appeal” and mail to P.O. Box 4077, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

For the Capital Campaign, make your check out to “PWB” or “Capital Campaign” and mail to P.O. Box 698, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

(Note: The mail box numbers are different for each fundraising effort)


Print out and complete a pledge form for either the Annual Ministry Appeal (Click here for pledge form) or for the Capital Campaign, “Professing our Faith, Walking in Hope, Building God’s Kingdom”, (click here for pledge form), and mail to the appropriate post office box number – Box 4077 for the Annual Appeal, Box 698 for the Capital Campaign., Santa Rosa CA 95402.

The pledge form will require your credit card number and expiry date as well as the total amount of your pledge, your choice of frequency of payment, and the amount to be paid each time. That information is entered into a secure computer system, and used until your pledge is completely paid, or you provide us a change of instructions.

You can also arrange to have an automatic transfer made from your checking account to the Diocese, by providing us the Routing information for your bank, your account number, the desired frequency of gifts and the amount of those gifts.


(FEDERAL TAX ID NUMBER 94-1530038) DTC Clearing Number 5198
Merrill Lynch 1435 Riverpark Drive, Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95815
Merrill Lynch contact: Katie Kelly (916) 648-6333

To the Benefit of: The Roman Catholic Bishop of Santa Rosa Account Number 284-04A15

Please specify as to any restrictions on the gift:
______ Annual Ministry Appeal
______ Capital Campaign
______ Catholic Charities
______ Catholic Community Foundation
______ Parish __________________ (name/city)

All unidentified donations will benefit the Priests Benefits and Welfare Fund of the Diocese of Santa Rosa 90 days after receipt.
Please send a copy of this form and other restrictions relating to the donation directly to: Diocese of Santa Rosa Accounting Department P O Box 1297 Santa Rosa, CA  95402 Email:
Phone (707) 566-3383 Fax (707) 542-9702

Please specify any restrictions to the gift:
e.g., “Annual Ministry Appeal”, ”Capital Campaign” or individual parish designations.


Telephone:      (707) 566-3344

FAX:                 (707) 566-3360

Email:     or


Thank you for your generosity and for including the Diocese of Santa Rosa in your charitable giving.