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Office for the Missions

About the Mission Office

The Office for the Missions is called to activate within the diocese, programs of prayer, mission animation, and financial support for the worldwide missionary activity of the Church. Through education, the faithful are enabled to respond in a concrete way to this personal call to missions. In addition, the Office for the Missions encourages material and spiritual support for the global relief and development efforts of our Church. Finally, the Office for the Missions seeks to animate a spirit of evangelization among the faithful in the diocese and works to support the New Evangelization set forth by our Holy Fathers.

These goals are carried out primarily through the following organizations and programs:

Pontifical Mission Societies

Catholic Relief Services

  • CRS Rice Bowl – official Lenten program of the US Catholic Church
  • CRS Rice Bowl Grants – support for local hunger-alleviation programs

Other Efforts

  • Mass Stipends – distribute Mass stipends to retired priests and mission dioceses and priests
  • Emergency Response – provide follow up for international emergency response as requested by the Bishop
  • FoodFast – Solidarity program for high school youth
  • Fair Trade, Advocacy, Global Solidarity, Work of Human Hands, Speakers' Tours and other CRS programming
  • Special Appeals Promotion and Follow Up
    • Church in Latin America
    • Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe
    • Catholic Relief Services Collection
    • Catholic Home Missions
    • Solidarity Fund for Africa
  • Evangelization Activities - Resource to parishes interested in the New Evangelization
  • Global Solidarity Partnerships - Resource to parishes interested in exploring or strengthening sister parish relationships.

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