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Catholic Relief Services takes as its founding commission the plea of the Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Remain here and keep watch with me.” (Matthew 26:38) And so we remain, working with diocesan leaders to invite Catholics to remain with Christ, and to reach out to wherever in the world his body is broken.

Featured resources for diocesan leaders include:

Regional Offices: CRS has five regional offices across the United States. Our regional offices collaborate with dioceses within each region to help Catholics care for people in poverty and danger overseas. Each diocese has a CRS diocesan director, appointed by the bishop, who represents CRS in the diocese. Contact your CRS regional office to learn more about how to get involved with CRS in your diocese.

Speakers: CRS speakers are available to present at diocesan events about a variety of different global issues and about how the Church serves poor and vulnerable people overseas in the name of Catholics in the US. Call 866-608-5978 or visit our website to request a speaker.

Diocesan Rice Bowl Information:  CRS Rice Bowl helps Catholics enrich their Lenten spiritual journey through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Resources for diocesan leaders include sample bishop’s endorsement letter, media resources, guidelines for using the 25% revenue returned to a diocese, and collection information.

Clergy Formation: CRS offers convocations, continuing education, days of reflection or other events for priests, deacons and seminarians.

Hispanic Ministry: Our programs and resources in Spanish offer opportunities for Spanish-speaking Catholics to live in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and around the world. Additionally, CRS’ official Spanish-language website,, offers stories geared to the interests and needs of Hispanic Catholics.

Communications: We are available to help communications directors provide news, multimedia and relevant content about the Church’s work around the world to journalists and communicators in the Catholic community.

Education: Diocesan religious education and school leaders can provide opportunities and resources that help educators incorporate a commitment to those in greatest need into their programs serving people of all ages.