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Chaldean Christians in the Archdiocese of Detroit gather to protest persecutions in Iraq and ask for help to stop violence in the Middle East.

Learn about a crisis of education and human dignity in Kenya, and what CRS is doing to support change.

Watch a video with the director of the Collection for the Church in Latin America


National Collections


Hurricane Matthew

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB asked dioceses throughout the United States to take up a special collection to support relief and rebuilding efforts needed after Hurricane Matthew. These funds will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA as they reach out to provide humanitarian aid in the form of water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as to their long term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in the Caribbean and the US.

Read more about Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services

2016 Louisiana Floods

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB asked dioceses throughout the United States to consider taking up a special collection to assist victims of the flooding in Louisiana.  Funds collected will support the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to the impacted dioceses.

Read more about Catholic Charities USA

2016 Earthquake in Ecuador

On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador.  About 650 people have been killed, over 5,000 injured, and there is widespread damage to buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Total damage has yet to be assessed completely.

Catholic Relief Services is responding with water, food, and temporary shelter. For more information on relief efforts for Ecuador, please visit www.crs.org.

The Collection for the Church in Latin America is also assessing the impact to church structures including parishes, schools, and diocesan offices. The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America intends to make emergency grants for church reconstruction in Ecuador. For more information on giving to the Collection for the Church in Latin America, please visit our How to Give section. The Subcommittee makes annual grants to the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean from the annual collection. While the Subcommittee cannot earmark individual contributions for specific countries or programs, including for the earthquake in Ecuador, its emergency grants are made from the same funding source, the collection, so any donations made in response to this disaster will increase the overall funds available.

2015-2016 Calamities Special Collection

Severe weather has recently impacted states in the South and Midwest regions of the country and on January 5, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB, requested the U.S. bishops to take up a special collection for relief from these recent storms and possible future domestic calamities. Archbishop Kurtz requested this special collection take place on the weekend of January 9-10 or 15-16.

The funds collected in this one-time special appeal for the 2015-2016 storms and other natural disasters will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their member agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter, and medical care, as well as to the long term need to rebuild and recover after widespread destruction, and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church.

Parishes should send proceeds from the special collection for 2015-2016 calamity recovery to their diocesan finance office. Dioceses should then immediately remit all received funds directly to USCCB (USCCB, Office of National Collections, 2015-2016 Calamities Special Collection, P. O. Box 96278, Washington DC 20090-6278). 

Read more about Catholic Charities USA
Learn about prior special collections and emergency appeals

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This video highlights some of the work being done through the National Collections.

"As faithful disciples and imitators of Christ, you are urged to go against the current, choosing the evangelical option of serving the brethren…above all, because you are impelled by the unceasing power of divine charity."

— Pope John Paul II (2001)

Each parish is part of the Church Universal; it is the Catholic Church in a particular place. The bishops of the United States created the national collections so that, by combining resources, we can more effectively carry out our mission as Catholics. Each of these important collections is worthy of your support. Each collection represents our community of faith at work in the world, saving souls and
improving lives.

The bishops encourage us to view the national collections in the light of stewardship and of sharing. God has given us our light and our prosperity, all we need and more. It is right and just that we give something back through these collections, helping people in our own country and around the world to live better and to grow in the
love of Jesus.

The Pope Francis Effect

USCCB National Collections partnered with Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) to conduct a survey on recent giving patterns within the Catholic Church. This survey focused particular attention on whether Pope Francis has had a positive effect on giving. Read the survey results.

CARA Report - Online Giving

Thirty-two percent of working-age Catholics have given online at some point, according to a report on U.S. Catholic and online giving from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). 

"The knowledge gained from this report is important for our understanding of the current patterns of giving among Catholics," said Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati, chairman of the USCCB National Collections Committee. Read
the press release.


This document, approved in November 2011 and addressed to bishops and to diocesan and parish personnel, provides guidance and explanation about the nature and meaning of the national collections and direction on how they should be best administered.

One Church. One Mission—Guidelines for Administering USCCB National Collections in Dioceses

2017/2018 National Collection Schedule

One Church. One Mission. Real Lives.

With so many people in Africa on the move, providing pastoral care to meet their spiritual needs is often difficult. In Angola, this is true for migrant and refugee communities as well as people whose livelihoods keep them moving, such as fisherman and truck drivers. Creating fellowship among various groups, ethnicities, and tribes is crucial in order to avoid tribalism, discrimination, and even racial violence.

The Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa supports the future of the Church by funding projects that nourish the people of Africa in both body and spirit.

To address these needs and foster growth in the community, and with a grant from the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, the bishops are providing training and formation for lay leaders in every diocese. These leaders attend seminars and workshops that equip them to return to their communities to welcome immigrants and help them find a home in local parish communities. After attending a seminar, one participant expressed his gratitude, saying, "Thank you for yet another moment of grace."

Materials to promote the collection are available on our website. Please use these materials and share this opportunity to show your solidarity for our brothers and sisters in Africa. 


For more information, please contact the National Collections staff at 202-541-3346 or ncpromo@usccb.org. We truly appreciate your support of the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.

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