Webinar to provide information on Catholic Relief Services programs

Friday, January 14, 2022

By Linda Petersen

Intermountain Catholic

SALT LAKE CITY – During Christmas time, many Catholics in Utah were generous in their donations to help the poor and needy. As a new year begins, some may wonder how they can continue these efforts in a continuous and meaningful way. An upcoming Catholic Relief Services online information session may provide them with the tools they are looking for.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops founded CRS in 1943 to help European survivors of World War II. Since then, the organization has grown into a leading international humanitarian agency, providing relief to millions of people in 115 countries around the world. Although CRS is known to provide emergency aid, it also offers educational programs in agriculture, education, health, justice and peacebuilding, microfinance. , water and sanitation.

CRS will present a Zoom session that will share information about the organization’s work and opportunities for individuals to join the movement to end global poverty. Specifically, they will provide information on the organization’s Lead the Way campaigns, which tackle global hunger and migration.

“We recognized that our world is at a pivotal moment in history, where millions of people around the world experience poverty, hunger [and] violence and face many other challenges for their human dignity, ”said Marcos Guerrero Martinez, Head of Community Engagement at CRS. “Especially living in a time of pandemic, it’s a really difficult time in which we try to work, to work with our brothers and sisters to relieve hunger, to get their drugs that they need for Covid, their vaccines, masks, even basic sanitation wash hands.

The Zoom session will also provide information on how to organize parish-level CRS chapters and clubs in Utah high schools. Specific training in advocacy and fundraising will be provided.

While CRS has offered similar Zoom sessions over the past year, this is only the second time the Southwest Zone, which includes the Diocese of Salt Lake City, has participated, Martinez said.

The sessions are meant to help people learn about global solidarity around the world and how those who attend can reach out to “our most vulnerable brothers and sisters in the world,” he said.

Martinez encourages Catholics in Utah to support CRS in its efforts to create transformative change and impact people’s lives. “We are trying to help people really live their faith in action,” he said.

He also expressed his gratitude for the support of the Diocese, Bishop Oscar A. Solis and the Catholics of Utah. “The people there have been very kind and generous and help us reach out to our brothers and sisters around the world,” he said.

Jean Hill, director of the Diocesan Office for Life, Justice and Peace, encourages local Catholics to participate in the information session, which will be “an easy and informative way to connect with the work CRS is doing in. our name, ”she said. “Hearing the stories of CRS’s efforts to build communities using the skills and talents of people within those communities offers a unique opportunity for faith formation. This short session invites us to learn how Catholics impact the lives of millions of people and how we can be a part of that effort. CRS is globally recognized as a leader in works of charity and justice. Don’t miss this chance to live your faith more fully.

“Catholic Relief is our way of living our baptismal call to solidarity with our brothers and sisters living in poverty in the world,” she added. “Through their incredible work abroad, we are building a better world, tackling the root causes of poverty and migration, and protecting the dignity and sanctity of life internationally.

WHAT: CRS information session

OR: On Zoom

WHEN: Jan 18, 5:30 p.m.

To free. Register and participate at https://crs-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpfuiurTMiGdU-77WAUOe5Onve9YkHpaC6

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