About Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, it has expanded to reach more than 100 million people in 101 countries on five continents.  Learn more about CRS’ history and its work overseas.

CRS’s mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although its mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, it serves people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity, helping them to reach their full potential and to realize their dignity as children of God.  Within the United States, CRS helps Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering people of the world. 

Following the example of Jesus Christ, CRS responds to emergencies, provides development assistance, and fosters charity and justice. It is committed to the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which form its  Guiding Principles, and to fidelity to its Catholic identity.

CRS helps us become global disciples through spirituality and support of its work in the areas of emergency response, development, health, education and conflict resolution. Its programs also relieve poverty in our own diocese

Learn about the many ways you can  participate in CRS’ work right here in the Arlington Diocese by clicking one of the resource cards below. 



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Participate in CRS' work right here in the Diocese

Learn about the different ways you can participate in CRS’ work right here in the Arlington Diocese by jumpstarting or leading CRS programs and events in your parish, schools, youth groups, and college campuses.