2016 Bishop's Appeal
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
One night recently, I arrived home around 9:30 p.m. It was dark, snowing, windy and bitter cold
outside. As I stepped into the house, I was greeted by the comforting warmth and light from inside
our home. The first words out of my mouth were, "Thank you Lord for this home and for all my many
blessings." Like many of you, my family and I are richly blessed. Tragically, there are many around
us who are not so fortunate.
Earlier in the day, I ministered to someone who was going through a very difficult time and was very
concerned about how they would be able to make ends meet. Their spouse was out of work due to medical
reasons. Bills were mounting and fear was setting in. How would they be able to pay the heating bill
and mortgage? The prospects of a Merry Christmas were growing very bleak. Fortunately, by the grace of
God and the generosity of those who contribute to the Bishop's Appeal, I was able not only to pray for
this family, but also to provide some financial assistance to aid them during their time of need. I
wish you could have seen the smile on their faces and the sense of relief in their eyes when I gave
them the gift you and others made possible.
This past year, you and I have been able to help numerous individuals and families through the funds
raised in the Annual Bishop's Appeal. We were able to assist one young family who was struggling to
be able to afford to buy the expensive special formula their new born child needed due to food
allergies. Another young family was assisted with needed car repairs that were beyond their budget.
Several individuals were helped with costly medical expenses that weren't covered by insurance.
One family was assisted with the funeral expenses of a loved one.
Through the assistance of the Bishop's Appeal, several kids (who could not otherwise afford it) were
able to attend Beaver Cross Summer Camp and the Diocesan Youth Rally at Convention. These are truly
life transforming experiences for many of our kids. Likewise, a number of our deacons and priests were
assisted with the cost of the Annual Deacons' Retreat and Priests' Retreat, as well as the Clergy and
Spouse Conference, making it possible for them to attend and be blessed by a time of rest, spiritual
regeneration and fellowship with their fellow clergy and spouses.
In addition, you and I, through the Bishop's Appeal, have been able to assist several of our
missionary friends who are ministering to people living in some of the most dangerous and desperately
needy places in the world. We have also been able to help support the ministry of other not-for-profit
organizations a little closer to home, to include: Alpha Pregnancy, New Wineskins, City Net Ministries,
and Nashotah House.
Dear friends, my wife Karen and I invite you to please join us in supporting this year's Bishop's
Appeal. Your gift can help make all the difference in the lives of those going through difficult
times and those less fortunate than ourselves — bringing relief, hope and a smile where there
might otherwise be suffering and despair.
To donate to this year's Bishop's Appeal, you may mail a check, made payable to The Episcopal Diocese
of Albany with Bishop's Appeal written in the memo line, to The Rt. Rev. William H. Love,
Annual Bishop's Appeal, Episcopal Diocese of Albany, 580 Burton Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834. You may
also donate online using your credit card by clicking
By sharing the blessings the Lord has given us with those in need, we truly can make a difference.
While we can't reach everyone, we can reach some, sharing God's love, mercy and healing grace with
those He brings into our lives. Thank you again. May the Lord richly bless you and your loved ones in
2017 as He uses you to be a blessing to others.
Faithfully Your Brother in Christ,
+William H. Love
Ninth Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Albany
P.S. - Please give as generously as you can. Ten percent of this year's Bishop's Appeal will go
to support our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Maridi, South Sudan who continue to be plagued
by war and extreme poverty. They are in desperate need of our help.