The Spirituality of Stewardship

The Spirituality of Stewardship

Archbishop Paul J. Etienne, Archdiocese of Seattle

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Upcoming Collection


Observe World Day of the Poor by Supporting the Collection for the Bishops’ Anti-poverty Program

Sunday, November 19 marks the seventh annual World Day of the Poor, a celebration that Pope Francis describes in his message for this year’s celebration as “a fruitful sign of the Father’s mercy” that “enables us to discover ever anew the heart of the Gospel.” In conjunction with this worldwide observance, dioceses across the country will be taking up a special collection to support the work of the U.S. bishops’ anti-poverty efforts.

For over 50 years, the United States Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has helped low-income people across the country address the root causes of poverty in their own communities. From bringing together community members, local government officials and business leaders to improve job training and educational opportunities to helping parishes welcome and support immigrants, CCHD-supported programs are making a difference at the grassroots level in cities and rural areas from coast to coast.

Dioceses throughout the United States will be taking up the collection to support CCHD the weekend of November 18-19, and your participation is a way for you to observe the World Day of the Poor and to join the bishops in their efforts to help those who experience the effects of poverty every day.

If you miss your parish collection, or wish to give outside of it, you may send your donation to:

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Office of National Collections
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 
P. O. Box 96278 
Washington DC 20090-6278

#iGiveCatholicTogether also accepts donations for this appeal (


"Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.Luke 6:38

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.  

One Church. One Mission. Real Lives.

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