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Collection for the Church in Latin America to be held January 27-28

January 23, 2018

WASHINGTON—The annual Collection for the Church in Latin America will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of January 27-28. For more than 50 years, the collection has been a sign of solidary between the Churches of the United States and those in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2017, the collection approved nearly $7.2 million dollars in grants to support the Church in Latin America and Caribbean.

"Through this collection, Catholics across the United States put their faith into action and build community with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and Caribbean," said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America. "Support to this collection is an act of the compassion that our faith calls us to."

The collection supports the work of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America by funding grants for a variety of pastoral efforts such as lay leadership training, seminarian and religious formation, prison ministry and youth ministry. All of these efforts help Catholics share their faith.

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The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America oversees the collection and an annual grant program as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. Additional resources to learn about the collection and the projects it supports include an interactive map, a video on the history of the collection, and an annual report. The home page for the collection is

Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S, Church in Latin America, Subcommittee on Church in Latin America, leadership training, seminarian formation, religious formation, prison ministry, youth ministry, national collections


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