Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
Greetings in this Jubilee Year of the Centennial of the Diocese of Lafayette!
Soon our diocese will take The Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRCS). Your support of this collection serves Jesus in disguise in some of the most marginalized communities in our world. Proceeds from this national collection provide services for immigrants and refugees, humanitarian aid in the wake of natural disasters, and advocacy for peace and justice aroung the world. Please join in this collection to support those suffering on the margins around the world.
For example, in Central America, there are more than 1 million young people, aged fifteen to twenty-five years old, who are out of school and unemployed. Throughout the region, crime and violence run rampant. Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador have some of the highest murder rates in the world. The escalating violence stifles investment and economic growth, further limiting opportunities for jobs. These factors push young people, already discouraged by a lack of opportunity, to emigrate in record numbers. Economic opportunities are limited, and most education and employment programs do not reach the most at-risk youth, nor are the programs linked to real jobs in the market.
Your support of this collection makes a difference for so many around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can support it this year. If you want to learn more about the collection and the people who benefit, please visit www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.
And remember, 25 percent of the collection’s proceeds provide food to the hungry, marginalized and suffering within our diocese. By supporting this collection, you answer the knock of Jesus in disguise by providing for the most vulnerable population.
Support the collection, and answer the knock of Jesus in disguise. With every good wish, I am,
Faithfully yours in Christ
Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, D.D. Bishop of Lafayette