CRS Church Engagement
CRS Church Engagement serves and manages over 90 dioceses throughout the U.S. In conjunction with the CRS Field offices, our work helps expand relationships with dioceses. Through Diocesan Directors assigned to our team we help increase CRS engagement in dioceses. To promote social justice and solidarity through the lens of Catholic social teaching, we offer helpful tools, resources and capacity-building opportunities:
- Annual CRS Diocesan Directors orientations help deepen church engagement, and increase Diocesan Directors’ knowledge about CRS’ mission, work overseas, campaigns, CRS chapters and resources available to do the work of CRS in dioceses.
- Lead the Way Toolkit — resources and tools to pray, learn, take action and inspire your community to support our brothers and sisters most in need around the world.
- Action Center: Resources and Tools — resources and tools will help you advocate effectively
- CRS Chapters — Ask us how you can become part of a CRS Chapter, where you can take meaningful actions on behalf of our most vulnerable sisters and brothers around the world.
- Community Giving - CRS fundraising options to discover ways you and your community can make a difference
- How to Fundraise — to provide lifesaving support
- CRS Rice Bowl — Through CRS Rice Bowl, faith communities in dioceses throughout the United States put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Global Fellows Program
Six Global Fellows visit a CRS project in Madagascar that helped 348,000 people in the diocese of Moramanga to resolve issues causing wide spread soil erosion and air pollution affecting nearby rice patties and agricultural lands.
Photo by Susan Walters/CRS
Catholic Relief Services Global Fellows are a network of priests and deacons who have a love for the global Church and for proclaiming Jesus’ commandment to love our neighbor. They engage Catholics in the United States by witnessing CRS’ lifesaving work and sharing their experiences with their communities. CRS Global Fellows commit to three speaking engagements per year, which can be fulfilled within or outside of their parishes and dioceses.
For more information contact us at [email protected]
Request a Speaker
To request a speaker click this link and fill out the speaker form. Someone from the clergy office will be in contact with you regarding the details.
Church Engagement Team Members
Roberto Navarro: Senior Director Church Engagement
Roberto Navarro works with USCCB/bishops to promote CRS chapters, campaigns and be advocates for the vulnerable. He also negotiates with the USCCB and other leaders to engage them in our campaigns and ensure that CRS concerns are heard.
Natalie Farias: Administrative Assistant
Natalie Farias, as office coordinator, does all the administrative work to assist Roberto Navarro and supports the team in all aspects of their work.
Jacklyn Ireland: Diocesan Support Advisor
Jacklyn Ireland works with 93 dioceses sharing information about chapters, campaigns and CRS Rice Bowl. She also provides several diocesan communications offices with our monthly blurbs which have been sent out diocesan wide.
Vivi Iglesias: National Partnership Advisor
Vivi Iglesias works with all national partners to include CRS campaigns, notes and information into their various resources and communication outlets. She also invites them to take action through campaign advocacy and the development of resources in collaboration with CRS in the area of solidarity work and campaign issues.
Mikaele Sansone: Clergy Engagement Manager
Mikaele Sansone engages priests, deacons and seminarians in CRS campaigns and chapters by hosting Come and See Events for Global Fellow Alumni and deacons across the U.S. for the purpose of Chapter prospecting. She also encourages Global Fellows to integrate CRS campaigns into their parishes and communities.
Fr. Leo Almazan
Fr. Leo Almazan engages seminarians in CRS campaigns by sharing with them how these campaigns can be practically applied to their formation. He also urges them to speak up for the vulnerable by advocating for policies that affect them here in the U.S.
CRS Mission and Mobilization
CRS Church Engagement works with church officials and with all areas of CRS Mission and Mobilization. We support field offices as we engage our audiences in the Vision 2030 CRS strategy. We promote campaigns and engagement of partners as they are invited to promote opportunities for their members. For instance, NCCW and their works of mercy involves advocacy efforts and has raised more than $7,000,000 over the years for projects like Water for Life and Madonna Plans. We are also working with dioceses, bishops, and their clergy to engage their parishioners and leadership to be involved in the movement building strategy. We encourage and accompany them as they participate in advocacy actions and stewardship efforts that lead into fundraising for the mission of CRS. We connect with the field offices as we offer opportunities in other areas of the church that involve key leadership and their constituents.