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U.S. Bishops Announce Grants To Latin America

 
June 20, 2012

Aid for Haiti church reconstruction efforts continues
More than five million dollars awarded to more than one hundred projects

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America announced June 20 the approval of over $5.2 million in grant funding for 121 projects to aid the pastoral and reconstruction work of the Catholic Church in 20 countries throughout Latin America.

“These projects are important in assisting the Church in Latin America continue the work of proclaiming the Gospel throughout the region,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chair of the subcommittee. “Projects designed to implement the New Evangelization are showing results among the faithful. Almost $2 million was awarded to pastoral projects.” Proposals were approved during the subcommittee’s meeting in Atlanta, June 11.

In addition to the pastoral projects funded throughout the region, $3.3 million was granted to continue helping the Church in Haiti rebuild after the 2010 earthquake. Two important reconstruction projects received funding: the construction of a multi-purpose building in the Diocese of Jacmel, and the structural reinforcement of the co-cathedral of Miragoane. “The base-isolation reinforcement of the co-cathedral in Miragoane is touted as a cutting-edge technology in Haiti, and will not only prevent deaths in a future earthquake but will also help save the historic cathedral,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, a member of the subcommittee and chairman of the USCCB’s Haiti Advisory Group. “We are now seeing concrete fruits of our efforts to assist the Church in Haiti rebuild.”

Funding to assist the formation of religious, seminarians and clergy totaled almost $650,000 dollars, or about 33.4 percent of the pastoral funds awarded. These grants will assist in the education of more than 1,100 women and men as they prepare for ministry.

The Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America oversees the Collection for the Church in Latin America as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. It is responsible for the USCCB grant-making program to support the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean. An additional round of grant applications will be considered in November. The Subcommittee gives an average of $6.5 million each year to pastoral programs in the region and oversees a portion of the 2010 collection proceeds for earthquake relief in Haiti. It has awarded over $8.4 million in funds to assist with church reconstruction projects in Haiti.

More information on the Collection for the Church in Latin America and the projects it funds can be found at http://www.usccb.org search for “Church Latin America.”

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Keywords: Latin America, evangelization, clergy, lay formation, Collection for the Church in Latin America, Haiti reconstruction, Archbishop José Gomez, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

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