The Bishops' Subcommittee, working through its staff in the Church in Latin America,
facilitates the development of intra-American ecclesial relations among
bishops of the United States and their representative entities, and the
bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean through national episcopal
conferences; the Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (CELAM), and other
church-related organizations; Coordinates the annual Collection for the
Church in Latin America and collaborates with U.S. dioceses in its
promotion; Manages a grants program designed to support the pastoral
work of the Church in Latin America; Develops educational resources and
opportunities for Catholics in the United States to learn about the
reality of the Church in Latin America.
In 1965, during the
last session of the Second Vatican Council, the Bishops of the United
States approved the creation, through the Bishops, of an annual national
collection to support economic aid to pastoral projects of the Church
in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The resources gathered through the National
Collection are channeled through the National Conference of Catholic
Bishops (USCCB) to the Subcommittee of Bishops for the Church in Latin
America, who are in charge of the designation of funds and make the
final decisions on the matters related to the region.
The Committee is now the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America,
a member of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. The
Subcommittee gives aid to pastoral projects presented by the Bishops of
the Catholic Church in 25 countries in the regions of Central America,
South America, and the Caribbean. Special priority is given to
evangelization and catechetical programs as well as mission related
activities that promote the encounter with Jesus and help us to respond
to his call to be disciples and missionaries so that our people can find
life in Him.