It’s that time of year again – renewing current members and recruiting new. Browse through the information on this page – how to get in touch with parishes, hold membership recruitment events, etc. There’s a lot of good information here that’s been used successfully – use it to grow your Post and Auxiliary!
Recruitment Tip Sheet – Read this before you do anything! Print it out and keep it handy for unique ideas you can use to attract new & keep current members to your Post and Auxiliary – click HERE
Parish and Diocese Contact Info
Use the links below to find information for ALL Catholic Parishes, Dioceses and diocesan newspapers in the United States.
- Phone numbers
- E-mail addresses
- Websites of Dioceses, Newspapers
- Contact names – Bishops, Pastors, and Editors
Most Diocese’s have a website with a Parishes link or tab, with which you can obtain the name, address and contact information for all parishes within that Diocese.
★ Dept CDR’s / Dept Auxiliary Presidents and Posts not under Dept jurisdiction – consider sending a letter to the Bishop of your Diocese asking for his help in getting his parishes to allow your members in to recruit. Follow up with a phone call or personal visit within 5-6 days after mailing the letter.
★ Post CDR’s and Unit Auxiliary Presidents should send a letter to the Pastor of the parishes you’d like to recruit at and ask permission to set up a table at the entrances and exits to hand out Membership Applications and other recruiting materials. Follow up with a phone call or personal visit within 5-6 days after mailing the letter. (See below for sample letters to a Pastor – you can edit this)
★ Ask the Pastor for the name of Parish bulletin Editor and if it would be possible to send a small announcement item to be placed in the bulletin the weekend before your visit, the weekend of your visit and the weekend afterwards . (See below for Sample bulletin announcements)
★ Contact the Editor of your Diocesan Newspaper about running a feature news story about the Catholic War Veterans and Auxiliary in an upcoming issue. Submit a Press Release, a Letter to the Editor and/or an advertisement to inform the readership about your recruiting.
★ Contact the Webmaster of your Diocese’s website asking if it possible to post an article about your recruiting efforts.
Important Note: Letters addressed to a Cardinal who is an Archbishop, an Archbishop, a Bishop and a Pastor require special language with regards to their position. Please see below for guidelines.
Diocesan Contact Tools
- Find Your Diocese and Bishop’s Address
- Diocese Locator – by ZIP Code or state
- Interactive Map of all Dioceses – click your state to get the info
- Listing of all Diocesan Newsapers
Materials to Get You Started
Below are samples of items that you can use to “get the ball rolling” in your efforts recruiting new members. Items are written in MS Word format for you to edit and print or a PDF document sample.
These are generic templates – please insert your specific Department or Post information in the areas that call for it and are printed in red on the samples. These also contain information including a Department or Post Auxiliary, if your Echelon has one. If you do not have an Auxiliary, just delete out those items that pertain to an Auxiliary before saving, printing and mailing.
- How to address letters to the Clergy – IMPORTANT – click HERE
- How to Write a Press Release – PDF – use as a guide and adjust for local use – click HERE
- Sample Press Release – PDF- use as a guide and adjust for local use – click HERE
- Sample Letter to Pastor – MS Word document – can be edited – click HERE
- Sample Bulletin Announcements – PDF – use as a guide and adjust for local use – click HERE
Would you like to join us in our mission of serving all veterans “For God, For Country, For Home” ? Click HERE to fill in and print the Application to join the CWV and Auxiliary. Click HERE to pay your dues online – current members can renew here also!