Diocesan Director Toolkit
As part of our commitment to our CRS Diocesan Directors, we provide the following teaching tools and resources in our Diocesan Director Toolkit. We frequently add new tools, so please check back regularly.
Selecting the options below will provide you with useful tools and resources to assist with your role as a CRS Diocesan Director.
Diocesan Director Orientation: Catholic Relief Services hosts a new Diocesan Director orientation annually in the early summer. During the orientation, CRS Diocesan Directors learn more about CRS’ mission, work overseas, programs and resources available to do the work of CRS in their dioceses. This is also an opportunity for the new Diocesan Directors to meet with CRS staff, to learn about building capacity in their respective diocese and discover how Catholics in dioceses are an integral part of CRS.
CRS recognizes that Diocesan Directors have a variety of other diocesan commitments and responsibilities so during the orientation, there is time provided to create a CRS action plan while learning about the different challenges, strategies and successes of other Diocesan Directors. While experienced Diocesan Directors are welcome, the orientation’s primary focus is on Diocesan Directors that have been in the position for less than two years.
For more information, please contact Kimberly Mazyck at [email protected] or Chris West at [email protected] for additional information, if you have been appointed by your bishop to serve as a CRS Diocesan Director.
- Diocesan Director Job Description
- Diocesan Inventory—CRS Planning
- Organizing a Diocesan CRS Team
- CRS Diocesan Capacity-Building Initiative Final Report
- Ten Tips on Getting the Most From CRS Speakers
CRS speakers are a great way to build global solidarity among Catholics in the United States. Both educational and inspiring, our speakers will share stories about our beneficiaries and their desire to help create a world with peace and dignity for all. Explore these 10 tips to help you get the most out of your CRS speaker.
- Diocesan Global Solidarity Team document
Explore several models for strengthening capacity that were developed during a CRS Southeast regional diocesan directors meeting.
- Diocesan Directors’ Capacity Building and the Economic Crisis
Notes from the 2009 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
- Guidelines for Facilitating Meetings
- 2016 Table Discussion Notes
These notes from the annual CRS Diocesan Directors meeting at CSMG include discussion about engaging Catholics in the United States, through CRS, in global solidarity, with a focus on diocesan capacity building, parish engagement, advocacy as a leadership development tool and diocesan collaboration to encourage Hispanic engagement.
- How to Organize a Legislative Network
- How to Set Up Meetings with Members of Congress
Natural disasters, political crises and humanitarian emergencies often occur when we least expect and without advanced warning. During past emergencies, the U.S. Catholic Church has been most generous in their response to aid those in need. CRS Diocesan Directors are called upon to answer questions from parishes, Bishops, and the media. The following are steps you can take when responding to an emergency.
- Look for information to come to you through your e-mail. When a disaster occurs, CRS will provide you with the most up-to-date information about the crisis itself, current CRS activities in the affected area and ways your community can respond.
- Call the U.S. Operations office to see if CRS has programs in the area of the emergency and, if so, inform the Bishop and diocesan leaders about CRS’ response.
- Encourage your Bishop to write letters to all parishes inviting them to pray for victims of the crisis and for those who will risk their lives to assist them.
- Coordinate national collections with your bishop.
- Work with your Communications and Chancery offices to ensure information on the emergency and CRS’ response is getting to parishes.
- Work with secular and diocesan papers to ensure CRS’ name and address are included in their list of agencies responding to a particular crisis and to develop articles on CRS’ response.
- Contact CRS for speaking engagements in your community or contact local immigrants from the country in crisis to speak at parish or diocesan functions and/or be a source of information for news media.
- Report back to the diocese on monies raised and CRS’ response.
We recognize each diocese works differently and encourage you to contact the U.S. Operations office if you have a special need or specific questions relating to emergency response. If your diocese is looking to respond with In-Kind (material) donations, please contact the U.S. Operations office first. Not all material donations can be accepted by Catholic Relief Services, so, therefore, it is important to contact the U.S. Operations office before collecting donated items.
- You Did It for Me
These brief good-news stories from CRS and Catholic Charities USA about the Church in action are available to download, along with suggestions for using the stories. They are great for church bulletins, websites, newsletters, Facebook pages and Twitter. Sign up to receive these wonderful stories today receiving these wonderful stories. Email [email protected] for more information.
- CRS Resources for Your Parish Flyer
Introduce your parishes to CRS solidarity programs and resources. (Bilingual, in English and Spanish.)
- Haiti Parish Outreach Communication Example From St. Brendan Catholic Community
- Parish Guide for Peace in the Holy Land
Inspire your faith community to advocate for a just solution to the conflict in the Holy Land with these learning activities and prayers. They’re designed for Catholics of all ages.
- Examination of Conscience Based on Catholic Social Teaching
- Communities of Salt and Light Workshop
View a PowerPoint presentation, or right-click and select “save link as” to download to your computer.
- Sample Icebreaker Activities
- How a Bill Becomes Law
- Tips for Writing Effective Letters to Your Members of Congress
- Parish Partnership Manual
A resource for parishes in the United States that are in a sister parish or twinning relationship with a parish in another country.
- A Short Guidebook to Capacity Building
Explore capacity building and guiding principles for doing more with less staff in the world of social ministry. It is written specifically for use by diocesan directors of social ministry, but may be helpful for anyone wrestling with this issue in any faith ministry.
- Organize a Global Solidarity Ministry Team
This step-by-step guide will help you organize a global solidarity ministry team in your parish.
CRS Parish Ambassador Corps/Ministros de la Solidaridad (PAC) is a network of parish leaders who animate global solidarity ministries in their parish communities. Click here to read the PAC Newsletter for August 2017.
The CRS Diocesan Capacity Building Initiative for Global Solidarity is an ambitious but focused vision and framework for supporting dioceses in their efforts to reach U.S. Catholics in parishes. It reflects the U.S. Bishops’ parish-based social ministry model, “Communities of Salt and Light.”
Please review the Diocesan Capacity Building Initiative Overview summary, it provides an explanation of the strategy and the criteria used for previous selections.
We encourage diocesan directors to speak with their CRS regional office about this opportunity and your interest to apply. A notification is always sent to all CRS Diocesan Directors outlining the Diocesan Capacity Building Strategy application process.
Please contact Chris West at [email protected] if you are a CRS Diocesan Director and have questions about the Diocesan Capacity Building Initiative for Global Solidarity.