January 28, 2015
WASHINGTON—Jessi Poré has been named director for the Catholic Home Missions and associate director of the Office of National Collections of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Poré currently works in the USCCB Department of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), where she is responsible for program management, evaluation, and the training and development of diocesan agency partners associated with their anti-trafficking work.
“Jessi Poré brings over a decade of professional experience in the private and non-profit sectors to this position,” said Mary Mencarini Campbell, executive director of the USCCB Office of National Collections, who until last fall held the position for which Poré has been hired. “She has a valuable combination of leadership, fundraising and relationship building skills to use in service of the national collections and our home missions efforts. Her work in MRS provided her the opportunity to appreciate the challenges of under-resourced and vulnerable communities and the role our Church plays is addressing these challenges. That perspective will benefit our home mission dioceses. We are very pleased to have her in this position.”
As director of the USCCB effort to support the dioceses most in need in the United States, Poré will be responsible for the U.S. bishops’ grant initiative for the home mission dioceses and for its funding source, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Most dioceses hold the appeal the last Sunday in April.
Poré has worked at the USCCB since 2007. She is bilingual (English and Spanish) and holds a bachelor of arts degree from George Mason University, a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from Boston College. Poré begins her new role on February 9.
The USCCB Office of National Collections manages eight of the national collections held in Catholic parishes throughout the year. The Catholic Home Missions Appeal received over $9.65 million in donations from U.S. Dioceses in 2013. This year the bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Home Missions approved grants of $9.02 million to 83 dioceses for pastoral programs.
More information on the USCCB’s work in the Catholic Home Missions is available at http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/catholic-home-missions-appeal/index.cfm.
Keywords: Catholic Home Missions, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, diocese, grants, Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions, national collections, Jessi Poré, Mary Mencarini Campbell
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