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Subcommittee On The Church In Latin America Approves Almost $2.7 Million in Pastoral and Reconstruction Grants

 
June 21, 2013

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved funding for 99 projects, totaling almost $1.3 million in grants to aid the pastoral work of the Church in countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. These pastoral projects are a way for U.S. Catholics to express their solidarity with the Catholics of these regions.

"Allocating this money donated by our generous parishioners is important work," said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the subcommittee. "In considering the project requests, we continue to maintain a focus on encouraging family life and pro-life initiatives. Funds have also been allocated to youth ministries, especially for youth who are preparing for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro." Other groups that received funding at the bishops' meeting in San Diego, June 9, focused on the formation of religious personnel and a variety of parish-based evangelization and pastoral efforts.

Two examples of groups that received funding to prepare for World Youth Day were the Episcopal Conference of Ecuador, awarded an $18,000 grant, and the Episcopal Conference of Paraguay, which received a $15,000 grant. Both grants will help send young people to World Youth Day. The subcommittee is also hosting an online contest to raise awareness for the work of the Church in Latin America. Participants can answer trivia questions to win prizes of t-shirts and other items with the World Youth Day logo.

The subcommittee also approved $1.4 million for six projects for the reconstruction of the Church in Haiti. Funding for these projects comes from the special collection for the Church in Haiti that followed the 2010 earthquake. One of the projects is a new multipurpose building. "Parishioners have not had a viable worshipping space for the past three years," said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chairman of the subcommittee's Haiti Advisory Group. "This new building is an example of the significant progress we have been making in the last few months to help with the reconstruction in Haiti."

The new multipurpose room will serve both as a place of worship on Sundays and a space for meetings during the week. All USCCB aid for reconstruction work in Haiti goes through the Partnership for Reconstruction of the Church in Haiti (PROCHE), the Haitian Bishops' Conference construction entity developed for this purpose. Other partners in these projects include Adveniat, the Koch Foundation, and the Spanish Episcopal Conference.

The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America oversees the Collection for the Church in Latin America as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. More information on the Collection for the Church in Latin America and the projects it funds can be found online: www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/latin-america/

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Keywords:Latin America, evangelization, clergy, lay formation, Haiti, PROCHE, Collection for the Church in Latin America, Obispo Eusebio Elizondo, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, World Youth Day

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