Catholic Relief Services


Summer greetings from CRS! We hope that you are having a wonderful summer and enjoying the respite before the Fall.

This October, the bishops of United States are calling on parishes and communities across the U.S. to walk in solidarity with migrants everywhere by participating in a pilgrimage as part of the "Share the Journey” Campaign. As you begin planning for the Fall consider including a pilgrimage and support our brothers and sisters in their journey.

Ministry Resources

  • Need some summer assistance? Consider inviting a CRS Global Fellow to your parish. Global Fellows are priests and deacons who share how the Church is responding to the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world on behalf of Catholics in the U.S.  There is no second collection and no cost to the parish or diocese. Click here to invite a CRS Global Fellow to your parish/community.
  • Participate in the Share the Journey Campaign by planning a pilgrimage in your community during National Pilgrimage Month (October 13-November 13). Follow this link for more information and event resources.

CRS on the Ground

Guatemala experienced a devastating volcanic eruption on Sunday, June 3rd. The eruption has impacted several communities in Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez, damaging infrastructure and affecting more than 1.7 million people. Currently more than 3,000 people have been evacuated with nearly 1,700 people needing shelter.

CRS is working with Caritas Escuintla to assess immediate needs across the affected communities. Caritas has opened a collection center for water, food and medicine, and the Catholic Church has opened three shelters in the area.

To find out how your parish can help visit


Call on Congress to support refugees by sending a message to your elected officials through Catholics Confront Global Poverty (CCGP).

Pope Francis has asked the international community "to confront the reality of those who have been displaced by force... to improve the quality of their life and to face the challenges that are emerging from modern forms of persecution, oppression and slavery.”

With World Refugee Day on June 20, take this opportunity to walk with your neighbor on their journey and speak out to support them.