Ash Wednesday special collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual collection for the church in central and Eastern Europe will be Ash Wednesday, March 6. The collection raises funds to rebuild and grow the church across 28 countries through numerous projects and programs including seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction and Catholic communications projects. 

“As we embark on our Lenten journey, it is a fitting time to remember our sisters and brothers in central and Eastern Europe, who are working to restore the church and build the future after decades of oppression,” said Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, chairman of the Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, in a press release Feb. 21. “I thank the American faithful for their support. As a paschal people, we help bring God’s consolation and the hope of rebirth when we extend our generosity to those in need.”

The subcommittee falls under the USCCB Committee on National Collections and is responsible for the distribution of funds through its grant program. In 2017, the subcommittee provided 300-plus grants totaling more than $9 million, including supporting a youth center in Georgia to provide children a place to learn the faith, engage in recreational classes, and receive support for homework and language skills in the remote town of Tambovka. 

Find out more

For more information, visit usccb.org/ccee

To donate, visit usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/central-and-eastern-europe/how-to-give.cfm

 

 

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