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The Subcommittee on the Church in Africa is composed of eight bishops. Each year the Subcommittee, with the assistance of its staff, reviews and evaluates grant applications and makes funding decisions.
The national staff manages day-to-day operations, including allocations, education, and promotion.
Nancy Pretto, Administrative Assistant
The work of the Subcommittee on the Church in Africa is guided by the vision of Pope John Paul II's apostolic exhortation, Ecclesia in Africa (1995) as well as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' statement A Call to Solidarity with Africa (2001). The Subcommittee works in partnership with the Church in Africa, with all of its gifts and challenges, to build the pastoral capacity of the Church in Africa through a Solidarity Fund and relationships of solidarity that enrich the Church in both Africa and the United States. This work is focused on areas of greatest need, builds upon and extends existing relationships, and encourages planning and accountability.
Building on their 2001 statement, A Call to Solidarity with Africa, the full body of U.S. bishops authorized the creation of a voluntary diocesan collection and an Ad Hoc Committee on the Church in Africa in November 2004. In 2008, it became a Subcommittee of the Committee on National Collections.
The Subcommittee is charged with creating and managing a "Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa." The Fund serves as the repository of amounts raised through voluntary diocesan collections, gifts, and other means. The Pastoral Solidarity Fund aims to strengthen the pastoral capacity of the Church in Africa, a Church that is spiritually rich but desperately poor. Working from the goals outlined in Ecclesia in Africa, the Subcommittee is responsible for receiving, distributing, and accounting for these funds and designating them for pastoral projects of the Church in Africa. The Subcommittee also hopes to provide a basis for assessment, planning, and decision-making for dioceses and parishes looking to coordinate their responses to Africa.
This initiative seeks to provide a serious, sustained response that will meet genuine needs, strengthen the capacity of the Church in Africa, and provide for effective and transparent accountability.
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