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CRS Rice Bowl Parish Resources

Click here for resources to launch and sustain CRS Rice Bowl throughout the 40 days of Lent.

2017 Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Grant Applications Available

crs-rice-bowl-logoEach 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.

A grant program is used to distribute these funds.  2017 grant applications are now available.  Contact Vicki Compton in the Office for the Missions to request an application  or 217/698-8500 ext. 120.

pdfDownload the 2017 Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Grant Application

These organizations received a Rice Bowl Grant in 2016

Carlinville Food Pantry

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Collinsville

HELPS Ministry Outreach, Jacksonville

Highland Area Christian Service Ministry Food Pantry

Mt. Olive Care Center Kids' Cafe'

Bond County Food Pantry

Loami Area Community Pantry

St, Mary's Food Pantry, Paris

M.E.R.C.Y. Communities, Springfield

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Quincy

Sorento  Food Pantry

Staunton Food Pantry

Cass County Food Pantry


Maryknoll Missionaries Celebrate 100 Years!

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, the patroness of the Missions

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.


Who Cares About the Saints? (Therese of Lisieux) from Loyola Productions on Vimeo.