Diocese of Raleigh Aids in Support of Church in Latin America
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America has announced the approved funding for 174 projects, worth over $2.7 million in grants, to aid the pastoral work of the Church in 19 countries throughout the hemisphere. For the year the total amount of allocation by the Subcommittee was approximately $7 million. The grant money is made available by the annual collection for the Church in Latin America taken up in the 195 U.S. dioceses each January.
In January 2011, parishioners in the Diocese of Raleigh donated $89,882.87, a 9.76 percent increase over the Diocesan collection of 2010.
In awarding the 2011 grants, the Subcommittee paid special attention to the needs of the Church in Haiti and Chile, as they continue to rebuild infrastructures of faith communities that were destroyed or damaged by earthquakes in 2010.
The Subcommittee reports that all USCCB aid for reconstruction work in Haiti will flow through PROCHE (Partnership for Reconstruction of the Church in Haiti), the Haitian Bishops’ Conference construction entity developed for this purpose.
The subcommittee also approved funding for numerous pastoral projects, formation of pastoral ministers and some extraordinary projects. For example, a special grant of $95,500 was made to the Prelature of Yauyos, in Peru, to assist in finalizing the rebuilding of churches following a devastating earthquake in 2007, and grants totaling over half a million dollars to assist the Church in Cuba were approved. Funding to assist the formation of religious, seminarians, clergy and permanent deacons totaled almost $1.8 million of total funds awarded year to date.
The 2012 Church in Latin America Collection is scheduled for the weekend of January 21-22. More information on the Collection for the Church in Latin America and the projects it funds can be found at http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/latin-america/.