CRS / CCHD Program Office

Our mission is to assist Bishop Burbidge in supporting the work of Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development within the Diocese.  The office helps and encourages the clergy, religious and laity of the Church of Arlington to join in the Church’s work of promoting the dignity of the human person, building peace and justice, and helping those in poverty to achieve their full human potential as children of God.

Catholic Relief Services is the official international Catholic relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, carrying out their commitment to assist the poor and vulnerable around the world.  Its twofold mission:  overseas, to respond to major emergencies, fight disease and poverty, and nurture peaceful and just societies, and here in the United States, to serve, educate and support U.S. Catholics as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, working in the United States to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ"... to bring good news to the poor ... release to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free."(Luke 4:18).  CCHD helps people acquire the skills and resources to move out of poverty and live independently and with dignity.  Consequently, CCHD does not fund direct service work, but instead funds programs that help people start businesses, gain job skills, learn how to work together with others to improve their communities, etc.  It is a critical complement to the Church’s work of feeding, sheltering and relieving other immediate needs of those in poverty.

 

Pope Francis portrait

It is not enough to offer someone a sandwich unless it is accompanied by the possibility of learning how to stand on one’s own two feet. Charity that leaves the poor person as he is, is not sufficient. True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice, it demands that the poor find the way to be poor no longer.