Established in 1882, the Diocese of Portsmouth has enjoyed long sustained growth and today serves the spiritual and pastoral needs of 190,000 Catholics. Stretching from Oxfordshire in the North down to the Channel Islands in the South, the Diocese consists of 93 parishes. In 2007, after broad consultation, a new pastoral plan was developed to further encourage the Catholic Faith. To help support this initiative and strengthen the Church, the Diocese embarked on a special fundraising campaign.

Entitled Living Our Faith, the campaign raised over £13 million on a goal of £9 million to fund the care and support of priests, encourage vocations, educate seminarians, develop lay formation, provide funding for future capital projects, and assist parishes at the local level with capital needs. CCS provided campaign management throughout the process.

Following the successful completion of Living Our Faith, the Diocese and CCS collaborated on an enhanced offertory campaign, Our Parish’s Future. The focused effort secured a further £9 million, from thousands of new gifts, to help support local day-to-day running costs. More than 60 parishes increased their annual giving, by 50% on average.

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