Catholic Relief Services (CRS) recently announced that the Diocese of San Jose has been selected to become a CRS Diocesan Capacity Building Initiative participant for the coming year. Under the guidance of Deacon Rubén Solorio, the Global Solidarity Team (part of the Office of Social Ministries) will be actively involved in strengthening and focusing the partnership between CRS and local parishes. Specifically, the purpose of this initiative is to engage parishioners around the diocese to serve as skilled leaders of global solidarity efforts within their respective parishes. The global solidarity efforts led by CRS include the CRS Rice Bowl program, fair trade initiatives, and legislative advocacy efforts.
Officially launching in January 2016, this initiative will invite, assist, and organize fellow parishioners to deepen, in concrete ways, their baptismal call to global solidarity. So far, over 55 parishes and schools have placed orders for the CRS Rice Bowl program during Lent 2016, and fair trade sale events continue to take place among parishes in the diocese. Legislative advocacy will continue to be a focus for parish leaders under this initiative, fulfilling our responsibilities to faithful citizenship.
To find out more about the CRS Diocesan Capacity Building Initiative or for any questions regarding CRS programs in the Diocese, contact Crystal Catalan at firstname.lastname@example.org.