January 3, 2013
WASHINGTON—The annual national Collection for the Church in Latin
America (CLA) is slated for the weekend of January 26-27 in parishes
across the country.
The collection supports pastoral projects in
Latin America and the Caribbean that focus on evangelization, training
lay leaders and catechists, and religious and seminary formation. This
year’s collection especially supports youth and young adult ministries.
“We support the Church in Latin America to celebrate our Christian
tradition by encouraging programs that develop the leadership of the
young people in the Church,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of
the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the
Church in Latin America and auxiliary bishop of Seattle. “Through
generous support from the collection, many parishes are able to provide
youth with the tools they need to grow in their relationship with
Christ.” Evangelization efforts include retreats, catechesis, and
vocation discernment programs.
“In a particular way, the collection
offers an opportunity to Hispanic Catholics in the United States to show
solidarity with the Church in their country of origin and to support
the young people throughout the entire hemisphere as they seek meaning
in their lives,” Bishop Elizondo said. He also noted that the collection
benefits youth and young adult training centers such as the Centro de
Capacitaçâo da Juventude in Brazil and Pastoral Juvenil ministry
programs in several Latin American countries.
In 2012, the collection
awarded 417 grants totaling $6.5 million. These grants were distributed
to 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America also provided grant
assistance to rebuild churches in countries devastated by natural
disasters such as the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the March 2010
earthquake in Chile, and the November 2012 devastation in Cuba and Haiti
caused by Hurricane Sandy.
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. More information
on the Collection for the Church in Latin America and the projects it
funds can be found online: : www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/latin-america/
Latin America, evangelization, youth, clergy, lay formation, Haiti,
Cuba, Chile, Collection for the Church in Latin America, Bishop Eusebio
Elizondo, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Juvenil, grants
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