Clergy Appreciation Month

October is National Clergy Appreciation Month


  • Clergy Appreciation Day is always the second Sunday in October (Oct. 9, 2016), and October is celebrated as Clergy Appreciation Month.
  • Some 77% of Americans identify as Christian, according to Gallup research conducted in December 2012.
  • About 44,000 people serve as clergy in the United States. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012)
  • Hallmark first offered Clergy Appreciation cards in 2002.

2016 Product Features

  • Hallmark offers 24 Ministry/Clergy Appreciation cards to uplift and encourage those serving religious communities. Cards are available in stores and online with prices starting at $1.99.
  • The cards express appreciation for a variety of recipients, including minister, minister and wife, pastor, pastor and wife, youth pastor, couple in ministry, and priest.
  • Messages range in tone from warm and supportive to lighthearted and humorous.
  • Hallmark's Ministry Appreciation cards are created by its subsidiary, DaySpring Cards, a Christian greeting card company based in Siloam Springs, Ark. also offers premium Ministry Appreciation cards online, as well as Ministry Appreciation eCards, available with a subscription.

Holiday History

The celebration was established in 1992 with a mission of uplifting and encouraging pastors, missionaries and religious workers.

In Stores & Online

Available at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores nationwide, online at and, and wherever Hallmark and DaySpring products are sold.


Fun Fact

The first Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Amahl and the Night Visitors, aired in 1951 and was the first original opera created for television.