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Office for the Missions

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Catholic Relief Services Global Emergency Update

  • From the Latin American region, you will find the latest on CRS’ response to the Venezuelan crisis, as well as updates on Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the Mexico response.
  • From East and South Asia, you will see some of the tremendous shelter innovation work underway in the massive refugee settlement in Bangladesh, as well the total rebuilding of a Filipino community, five years after Typhoon Haiyan.
  • In Africa, you’ll find the current context for the Kenya and Somalia drought response, as well as efforts to support South Sudanese refugees and local Ugandan communities who are generously hosting them.
  • Finally, you will find insights from the Europe and the Middle East region, including the urgent response in Yemen, as well as support for refugees and the displaced as they rebuild their lives and—in the case of Iraq—where some are finally returning home.

Download the CRS May Global Emergency Update here.Download the CRS May Global Emergency Update here.

2018 Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl  Grants awarded!

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.

Thanks to your generosity the following organizations received CRS Rice Bowl Grants:

  • Blessings in a Backpack, Ashland
  • Carlinville Food Pantry
  • St. Vincent de Paul/EIU Food Pantry, Charleston
  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Collinsville
  • Bond County Food Pantry, Greenville
  • Highland Area Christian Service Ministry Food Pantry
  • Loami Area Community Food Pantry
  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Mattoon
  • Mt. Olive Care Center Food Pantry
  • Nokomis Food Pantry
  • St. Mary Food Pantry, Paris
  • St. Francis Community Assistance Food Pantry, Quincy

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.