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Each Lent, Catholics in this diocese participate in Catholic Relief Services' Rice Bowl program which calls for them to pray together, fast in solidarity with those who hunger, learn about global hunger and poverty and convert our sacrifices into gifts for those in need. We rejoice that our efforts allow our diocese to assist those who hunger and thirst for nourishment of body and soul in their every day lives. 25% of the funds collected in our parishes are available for distribution to organizations within our diocesan borders that work to feed the hungry and to reduce the root causes of hunger.
2013 Grants have been awarded to:
Auburn Community Helping Hands
Carlinville Food Pantry
Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Collinsville
Gillespie Caring Center
Bond County Food Pantry
Highland Area Christian Service Ministry
Hearts United Association – Litchfield
Loami Area Community Pantry
Mattoon Area PADS
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry – Quincy
Sorento Food Pantry
St. John’s Children’s Hospital Parent Help Line – Springfield
Staunton Food Pantry
Ministries Unlimited – Troy
Cass County Food Pantry
Our diocese is proud to celebrate with Maryknoll their 100 year anniversary. During the past 100 years four men and seven women from our diocese have joined Maryknoll to serve God's people in the farthest reaches of the earth. These eleven people grew up here in Central Illinois, attended our Catholic schools or parish catechism classes, and were members of parishes that continue to serve and form us.
With much help from Maryknoll, I have gathered their stories to share with you. I pray that their stories of sharing life and sharing God's love will inspire you to live your own call to holiness more deeply and more universally.
St. Therese of Lisieux is the Patroness of the Missions. Her simple life has much to teach us today about living each day with great love.