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Gratitude Expressed to Diocese for Donations to Special Collections

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The Diocese of Raleigh has received letters of gratitude from directors of three U.S. Catholic Church’s National Collections for generous donations made by Diocesan parishioners.

In a letter to Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Catholic Relief Services President Ken Hackett expressed his deep appreciation for the contribution to aid in the emergency and long-term relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that took tens of thousands of lives and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Diocese of Raleigh parishioners contributed $574,701, which was forwarded to CRS for its work in the island nation.

Sister Janice Bader, CPPS, Executive Director of the National Religious Retirement Office, expressed a heartfelt thank you for the recent Diocesan collection that took in $188,244.58. The annual collection helps religious orders that are facing hefty financial challenges with an aging, retired religious population.

A letter of gratitude was received from the 2010 Collection for the Church in Latin America. The Diocesan collection totaled $81,110.26.  On April 28, the USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America announced its grantees for its latest funding cycle. In total, $2,777,917 was approved for distribution among 128 projects in 23 countries. Of that amount, $972,869 went to help rebuild the Church’s infrastructure in earthquake ravaged Haiti and Chile. Clergy and religious formation took up the bulk of the remaining awards, while other catechesis and evangelization projects in Central and South America, and the Caribbean also benefitted.

The national collection for May is to support the work of the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). Through parishioner donations, the CCC produces a variety of media projects, including the Daily Readings on the USCCB web site, and provided funding for www.foryourmarriage.org web site and www.foryyourvocation.org web site, among other multi-media projects.

Information on the 12 national collections is available online at www.usccb.org/nationalcollections.