CRS Southwest Regional Office

The CRS Southwest Regional Office engages Catholics in the following states in the work of global solidarity through a variety of activities available in English and Spanish:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Team members are available to assist dioceses and Catholic organizations by providing resources and making presentations at workshops, trainings, conferences and other events.

CRS Southwest program areas include:

Global Solidarity Education and Faith Formation

  • Providing prayer and liturgy resources, with an emphasis on global solidarity
  • Developing CRS Rice Bowl as a parish-based Lenten program of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and learning about our brothers and sisters in need overseas
  • Coordinating Speaker Tours featuring presenters from CRS programs overseas
  • Facilitating clergy and seminarians to preach about global solidarity in parishes

Global Solidarity for Youth and Young Adults

  • Offering a global hunger awareness retreat for youth through the CRS FoodFast program
  • Providing leadership development—including overseas immersion experiences—for youth ministers and Catholic high school teachers
  • Providing training on curriculum integration for Catholic high school teachers to help advance global solidarity themes

CRS U.S.–Mexico Border Program

  • Collaborating on resources and opportunities for global solidarity on the U.S.–Mexico border
  • Developing a cross-border peacebuilding program integrating cultural awareness, spiritual formation and leadership development for Catholic young people

Catholic Higher Education

  • Establishing relationships in the Southwest region that strategically direct person-to-person outreach and opportunities
  • Assisting faculty, staff and student leaders in integrating global solidarity issues into higher education programming
  • Sharing quality CRS resources with partners in education
  • Where appropriate, preparing a mutually agreed upon program of activities and events for the academic year with Catholic higher education institutions

Advocacy and CRS Ethical Trade

  • Educating on global issues, such as global poverty, HIV and AIDS, peacebuilding and immigration
  • Providing information and opportunities for legislative advocacy on international policy and issues affecting the poor overseas through Catholics Confront Global Poverty
  • Promoting CRS Ethical Trade resources and activities to forward economic justice

Workshops Available

Southwest dioceses can request any of the workshops below. Most workshops are one or two hours long, but some are full-day or multiday events.

For Catholic higher education institutions, CRS Southwest offers workshops, guest lectures, Speaker Tour engagements and trainings. Training topics include global hunger and food security, education, health, ethical trade, microfinance, migration and immigration, human trafficking, peacebuilding, CRS emergency updates and more.

Education and Faith Formation

  • Workshops and guest lectures on Catholic social teaching
  • Workshops and guest lectures on CRS and its resources for ministry
  • Curriculum development assistance
  • Access to our service learning site at the CRS Southwest office in San Antonio
  • Workshops, guest lectures and retreats on “Spirituality of Solidarity”
  • Workshops and guest lectures on global solidarity
  • CRS Speaker Tour engagements with guest speakers from overseas
  • Internship possibilities at the CRS Southwest office in San Antonio

Advocacy and CRS Ethical Trade

  • Lectures on advocacy and economic justice
  • Workshops on Ethical Trade consignment sales and community orders
  • Lectures on legislative network sign-ups and Catholics Confront Global Poverty
  • Lectures related to international studies
  • Workshops and guest lectures on spirituality and advocacy
  • Lectures on faculty interests in advocacy, ethical trade or peacebuilding
  • Workshops for student organizations on a variety of related subjects

Youth and Young Adult Ministry

  • Training for campus ministers to understand CRS’ global solidarity work
  • Youth and young adult program coordinator serves as resource person
  • Leadership training
  • Ethical Trade fairs, as well as awareness-raising and information about economic justice issues
  • Workshops and guest lectures on global solidarity
  • CRS Speaker Tour engagements with guest speakers from overseas
  • Assistance with planned campus ministry events and activities

Global Fellows

  • Priests and deacons available for preaching on global solidarity at parishes

Directions

CRS Southwest Regional Office
7711 Madonna Drive
San Antonio, TX 78216

Phone: 210-366-3884
Fax: 210-366-4671

From the San Antonio Airport

  • Head northeast on East Terminal Drive—0.7 miles
  • Turn right toward McAllister Freeway—0.3 miles
  • Turn left at McAllister Freeway—213 feet
  • Merge onto US-281 South via the ramp on the left to Downtown/San Antonio—1.5 miles
  • Take the Jones-Maltsberger Road Exit—0.1 miles
  • Turn right at Jones-Maltsberger Road—367 feet
  • Turn left at Oblate Drive—1.2 miles
  • Turn right at Madonna Drive; 7711 Madonna Drive will be on the left

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