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Church in Central and Eastern Europe

 
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                      Aregak, located in Armenia, is a home and safe space for children with special needs. Through generous donations and support from Catholics across the globe, the center was able to come to fruition. It is partially funded by the Collection for the Church in Eastern Europe.

Apply online for our grants and scholarships. To learn more about the application process, visit our grant information page.


Restore the Church, Build the Future

The countries in Central and Eastern Europe have faced many years of hardship. They have been oppressed by czars, radical communism, horrendous crimes against humanity, and revolutionary, civil, and world wars. Under communism, organized religion was opposed in favor of atheism to overthrow the power of the Russian Orthodox Church. Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, Central and Eastern European countries have been working to rebuild political structures, social welfare, and their economies.

At their meeting on November 10, the Subcommittee approved 61 grants for a total of $1.6 million in aid. Read more in the press release.

The USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church and to rebuild and restore the faith in these countries. The funds collected in the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe are used to grant monies to support seminaries, social service programs, youth ministry, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation, and Catholic communications projects.

Years after the fall of communism, even though some are now European Union citizens, the Catholics of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union still have great needs. The 2014 Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, slated for Ash Wednesday, March 5, will focus on the theme "Restore the Church. Build the Future."


Caring for Children in Siberia

In the predominantly Orthodox Russian Siberia, the Catholic Church makes up just a tiny portion of the faithful population. Yet, many Catholic religious communities from around the globe continue to make their homes in Siberia despite its rural terrain and difficult climate. These communities tirelessly provide necessary care for orphans, the homeless, and families in need. 

In the Diocese of Irkutsk, the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Conception in Angarsk, Siberia, are no different. Operating out of a small, single family home, the sisters began to care for local children during the day while their parents or guardians went out to seek employment or report to work. Many of these children were hungry when they arrived in the morning and were poorly clothed during the harsh winters. 

The sisters, providing for more and more children, began to outgrow their small home. With the help of a grant from the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, the sisters built a new, larger daycare center, complete with heat, indoor plumbing, and a kitchen. The sisters also constructed a small garden that the children are able to help care for in-between their lessons.



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