Fr. Juan Molina, Director for the Collection for Latin America (CLA), with youth delegates from Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico in the National Collections’ exhibit booth at the National V Encuentro. The youth delegates participated in the National V Encuentro through a grant from CLA and CHMA.
The USCCB’s Subcommittees for the Collection for the Church in Latin America (CLA) and the Catholic Home Missions Appeal (CHMA) awarded grants to dioceses across Latin America and the U.S. for delegates’ participation in the National V Encuentro. The Subcommittee for the Collection for the Church in Latin America awarded scholarships to bishops and young adults from Latin America. The Subcommittee for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal provided funding to mission dioceses in the U.S. and its territories to aid delegations’ attendance at the gathering.
The Collections for the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Church in the United States has a long history of sharing our faith in Jesus Christ with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Twice a year, the USCCB’s Subcommittees for the Collection for the Church in Latin America awards funding in the form of grants to support the pastoral work of the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved close to $3.2 million in 173 grants to pastoral projects in Latin America and the Caribbean at its meeting on November 10, 2018. It also approved 7 projects for reconstruction in Haiti and after the hurricanes in the Caribbean and the earthquakes in Mexico last year. The annual national collection for CLA is the weekend of January 27-28, 2019.
More information about the Collection for the Church in Latin America and the many grants it funds, as well as resources to promote it across the country, can be found at www.usccb.org/latin-america.
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal
The Catholic Home Missions Appeal grants assist dioceses and eparchies in the United States and its territories that would otherwise struggle due to difficult geography, impoverished populations, and limited resources. Catholic Home Missions funding supports various pastoral programs, including religious education and youth ministry, priestly and religious formation, prison ministries, and lay ministry training. The Subcommittee awarded $9.5 million in grants to assist 79 dioceses and eparchies at the Subcommittee’s meeting in October 9, 2018. The Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of April 27-28, 2019.
More information on Catholic Home Missions, including an interactive map, can be found online at www.usccb.org/home-missions.