Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the word in body as well as spirit.

Pope Francis


Catholic Relief Services was established by the Catholic bishops of the United States during World War II. Our mission then was bringing humanitarian relief to war-torn Europe.

More than 70 years later, the world has changed, and we have changed with it. Today CRS is one of the largest and most trusted organizations of its kind. We serve poor and vulnerable people on five continents. We respond to floods, famine, earthquakes, violent conflict and other emergencies, including complex disasters that displace millions of people. We’ve expanded our mission, providing not only immediate relief in response to crisis, but also lasting change to break the cycle of poverty through community-based development programs.

One thing that has not changed is our determination to go. We work on the ground, in the field, wherever and whenever we are needed most. We are grateful for the trust and hard work of our partners, and the generous support of our donors, who in 2014—a year of widespread suffering and strife—stood in solidarity with the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

Pilgrims sing in unison as they leave a sunrise Mass in Boda, Central African Republic.

Photo by Sam Phelps for CRS


Letter from Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo

At Catholic Relief Services we are privileged to live the Gospel every day—to go out into the world, to serve the poor, and to experience the power of joining together with our dedicated donors, colleagues and Church partners to do God’s work.

Through the generosity of people like you, our reach extends to the world’s most impoverished, at-risk communities. We go where there is conflict, to build peace. We go where there is hunger, to sow seeds. We go where there is hopelessness, to renew faith.

In challenging times, the news of strife and despair can seem overwhelming. But at CRS, our faith is continuously renewed by progress. Whenever we answer Christ’s call, we are blessed with the opportunity to make an impact—whether we are training workers to rebuild homes in disaster-afflicted communities, facilitating loans for small-scale farmers in drought-stricken regions, or providing basic vaccines for children orphaned by war. During fiscal year 2014, CRS journeyed far and wide, responding to poverty and injustice around the world. One step at a time, we touched the lives of 85 million people. One step at a time, we turned your generous contributions into shelter, food, water, education, health care, economic opportunity and human dignity.

As we look forward to the future, we are committed to going out into the world with all the energy, imagination and courage that God expects of us and inspires in us.

May blessings overflow,

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo President & CEO


In October, I had the privilege of traveling with Catholic Relief Services to the Middle East. Violent conflict and political instability have contributed to a crisis of catastrophic proportions in Gaza, Jerusalem and the Kurdish region of Iraq. I was able to see first hand the lifesaving impact of CRS’ emergency response programs, which provide transitional housing, medical care and protection for people fleeing war and persecution in the Middle East and around the world.

“Don’t forget us,” was the message we heard throughout our travels. We never will. Around the world, CRS is a powerful antidote to indifference, ensuring that the voices of the poor and the suffering are heard.

In the Middle East, the Philippines, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Liberia and in other places where people urgently needed our help in 2014, CRS was there. Just as important, CRS has remained to help people rebuild and recover sustainable livelihoods. We do this by developing innovative tools and programs that make a lasting impact. Long after a crisis leaves the headlines, CRS continues working on behalf of hope and human dignity.

Reflecting on my first year as chairman of the CRS Board of Directors, I am immensely grateful for this institution, its donors and aid partners, and its essential mission. Through CRS, Catholics in the United States stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world, regardless of creed or ethnicity, helping all of God’s family benefit from the fruits of the earth.

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley Archbishop of Oklahoma City Chairman, CRS Board of Directors

where we serve

Latin America & Caribbean
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • St. Lucia
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Europe, middle east & central asia
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Armenia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Iraq
  • Jersusalem, West Bank and Gaza
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Moldova
  • Pakistan
  • Serbia
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
east & south Asia
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • East Timor
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • North Korea
  • Oceania
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam


As the official international Catholic relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services draws upon a rich tradition of Scripture and Catholic social teaching, which serve as the foundation for our Guiding Principles. Acting as a guide to what a just world might look like, these principles are shared across religious and cultural boundaries, and articulate values that are common among people who seek to promote and work toward true justice and lasting peace.


go now

For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:8

Helping those in urgent need

When emergency strikes, the time to act is now. The world’s poorest communities are also the most vulnerable. A rapid, coordinated response is essential to saving lives, jump-starting recovery and restoring human dignity.

From recovery to resilience

In 2014, Catholic Relief Services was called to the frontlines of emergencies in 48 countries. We responded to diverse, complex crises—including the violent conflict in South Sudan, the deadly spread of Ebola in West Africa and the ongoing recovery following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines—and reached more than 8.7 million people.

Our approach to emergency relief saves lives by meeting immediate basic needs such as food, hygiene and shelter. But it doesn’t stop there. With a large, experienced network of staff and regional Church partners, we remain long after the world’s attention has shifted elsewhere, helping people with the difficult task of rebuilding their lives. We also focus on long-term strategies that build resilience and make communities less vulnerable in future crises.

driven from home

Pope Francis Tweets CRS photo

On September 5, 2014, Pope Francis tweeted his first photo—from CRS in Iraq. The image went to the Pope’s 4.45 million Twitter followers, calling attention to the plight of vulnerable refugees, especially children. It was retweeted 9,402 times. Photo by Hawre Khalid/Metrography for CRS

Answering the call to go is never more urgent, or more challenging, than when disasters are fueled by violence. War and political conflict dominated the world news in 2014. Thousands lost their lives. Millions lost their family members, their homes or their livelihoods—or all of these at once.

Through the compassion of our donors, and the courage of our staff and partners, CRS was able to meet basic human needs for war refugees and violence-affected communities, while preserving human rights and respecting human dignity. We will remain long after the headlines disappear, to support long-term recovery and resilience.

In Northern Iraq, more than 1.8 million people have fled violence and religious persecution by the militant group ISIS. Christians, Yazidis and Shia Muslims have been singled out for attack. Many are living in empty houses, schools, church compounds and abandoned buildings. We are working with Caritas Iraq and local authorities to provide shelter and essential household items to newly displaced families. We’re also providing counseling, education and other services to children affected by the ongoing conflict.

In Gaza, entire neighborhoods were demolished by violence last year, and hundreds of thousands of people are still living without basic electricity or access to clean water. CRS is providing emergency humanitarian relief to families as they start to pick up the pieces. CRS and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops organized a delegation of 20 U.S. bishops to visit the Holy Land in December 2014 to pray for peace and explore challenges to—and opportunities for—resolving the conflict.

Largely out of the global spotlight, the situation in Central African Republic continued to deteriorate.
With repeated violent clashes and armed groups wreaking vengeance on unarmed people, at least 20 percent of the population is displaced within the country or seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Whole towns and villages were systemically looted. CRS teams and partners continue to provide emergency relief such as household supplies, emergency shelter, and seeds and tools, while empowering individuals and communities to come together to rebuild livelihoods.

Playing for peace

Hundreds of Syrian children attended a summer camp hosted by CRS in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, thanks to the generosity of CRS donors. The camp provided recreational activities, counseling and a healing refuge for some of the many children who lost homes and loved ones in the country’s civil war. More than 7 million people inside Syria are displaced. CRS and our partners have assisted 350,000 with humanitarian assistance, counseling and education. Photo by Rashad Sisemore for CRS

“We heard the threat from ISIS. I ran and left all the things behind. I just came with my legs. We never expected this. When we arrived, the priest told us, ‘Welcome, welcome. You have no worries here.’”

Salah Adel Ayob, at a CRS distribution center in Mangesh

A woman in Guinea washes her hands at a public hand-washing station provided by CRS and our local Caritas partner.

Photo courtesy of Organisation Catholique pour la Promotion Humaine

ebola virus in west africa

In March 2014, the West African country of Guinea experienced its first confirmed case of Ebola. Since then, more than 24,000 people have contracted the virus, according to the World Health Organization, making this the biggest outbreak on record. More than 10,000 people have died of the hemorrhagic fever caused by Ebola.

Helping families cope

Ebola spreads for a number of reasons, including lack of understanding in local communities about how Ebola is contracted. Working with our partners, CRS is training thousands of health care workers in infection control. We’re also distributing hygiene materials, and communicating prevention and treatment messages. In addition, we’re helping families cope with loss of income and the impact of increased food prices because of the crisis. We are distributing food to orphans, widows, discharged patients and other vulnerable groups, and have reached more than 120,000 people.


Washing bodies of the deceased is an important part of West African cultures, but it can expose family members to infectious bodily fluids. In Sierra Leone, CRS is helping to manage thousands of safe and dignified burials in three districts to prevent further infections while respecting families’ religious practices. Photo by Donal Reilly for CRS

super typhoon haiyan

In late 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, leaving more than 6,000 dead and 1 million homes damaged or destroyed. Working in partnership with the Catholic Church in the Philippines, CRS responded immediately, bringing lifesaving assistance to areas damaged by the storm.

By January we were helping people rebuild their homes with more resilient designs and materials, protecting them against future flooding. We provided 200,000 people with emergency shelter, clean water and sanitation in 2014, and helped 9,000 farm families get back to work.

Flexible solutions

Recovery from Haiyan will take years. It will also take flexibility and creativity, as the people of the Philippines work to rebuild and re-envision their future.

CRS has developed a 5-year plan designed to help 500,000 people recover over time. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. As we focus on long-term recovery, we’re training and supplying carpenters with tools to build homes using more durable, disaster-resistant materials. We’re also offering training in agricultural production and marketing for people who want to resume or begin farming.

With a menu of options for shelter, resettlement and restoring livelihoods, CRS is making choice a powerful tool for change.

CRS engineers provide design and material solutions to meet needs in different locations. Homes in low-lying areas, for example, need raised foundations to avoid periodic flooding.

Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS

go Harvest

Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.

luke 6:21

Growing opportunity

Everywhere we go, we see a world full of opportunity and bounty. Yet for the poor and vulnerable, simple blessings are often out of reach. Clean water. Arable land. Basic financial skills. Enough food to feed every family member, every day.

A harvest that yields food and income is the key to fighting poverty and hunger in much of the developing world. Hunger has long-term consequences on a person’s health, development and ability to earn a living. Small-scale farmers in countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Nicaragua struggle with drought, floods, degraded soil and low-quality seeds, and often rely on outdated farming methods. Meanwhile their families go hungry, and the cycle of poverty and poor health continues.

Pathway to Prosperity

Catholic Relief Services develops agricultural programs that help communities rebound when disaster strikes and build their long-term resilience. We start by providing the building blocks of a better harvest—better seeds and farming techniques, new skills in marketing and business, improved infrastructure and conservation techniques. Then we help farmers build the core skills they need to save, diversify, invest in their farms, bring their goods to market and, eventually, increase sales by connecting to private-sector businesses.

Carlos Roberto Flores is replacing his family’s wooden shack with a concrete rancher while he builds up his small farm in Nicaragua with help from CRS.

Photo by Robyn Fieser/CRS


Like many small-scale farmers in Nicaragua, Carlos Roberto Flores relies on pasture to feed his cattle. But in the dry summer months, when pasture and water are scarce, his cattle lose half the weight they gained during the rainy season. This means less milk to feed his family, and no surplus to sell at the local market.

Working hard to grow and prosper

“It’s all about food,” says Flores, who once risked his life to migrate to the United States on a notorious “train of death,” and is now working hard to help his family grow and prosper in Nicaragua.

A better life for Flores depends on better feed for his cattle. Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded Program for Rural Enterprise Management, Health and the Environment, or PROGRESA, CRS is helping Flores and others improve their pastures. Farmers are using more resilient grass varieties, improving livestock nutrition with supplemental mineral salts, and storing feed for the dry summer months.

In its first 2 years, PROGRESA helped increase—by 31 percent—some 2,800 farmers’ earnings from cattle. Reproduction rates for cattle are up too. Fifty-eight percent of dairy cattle owned by farmers in the program reproduce, compared with 46 percent of cattle owned by farmers that are not in the program.

farmer to farmer

“The group members are poor, illiterate and lacking in business skills… They required help with their day-to-day business, but also needed a business plan to provide a road map.”

Donna Rosa

Donna Rosa recently attended some business meetings in an unusual spot: under a towering fig tree, with occasional visits from cows, goats, chickens and baboons.

Rosa was on assignment in Kibwezi, Kenya, volunteering with CRS as part of USAID’s Farmer-to-Farmer Program. The program sends U.S. volunteers to developing countries to work with farmers on increasing food production, incomes and economic opportunity.

A plan for future growth

Rosa spent 3 weeks in Kibwezi helping an enterprising women’s community group learn how to better manage its milling business and retail store. She provided recommendations on marketing, value-added services and financing.

With support from Donna Rosa, CRS and USAID, the Huruma Women’s Group is working to become a certified food processing plant and is planning for future growth.

Photo by Donna Rosa for CRS

go Heal

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28-29


Catholic Relief Services goes where others don’t—to remote places with little or no access to doctors, clinics or hospitals. We work with local partners to tailor health solutions that fit the long-term needs of each community. Our programs save lives and build stronger societies, one healthy family at a time.

Beginning with better health

Our child health programs focus on the first 5 years of life to put an end to preventable deaths of newborns and their mothers. We monitor infant growth and support quality care through early childhood development programs, immunizations, and maternal and newborn care.

Good nutrition is a critical building block of good health. CRS engages communities, families and providers to address underlying causes of malnutrition, and to detect and treat it when it occurs.

Networks of faith-based organizations, community associations and academia play a crucial role in strengthening health systems and delivering immunization services in some of the world’s poorest regions. CRS has been working in partnership with Gavi, formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization, since 2011 to support these networks in 23 regions.

Parents learn how to make toys from local, inexpensive materials and play one-on-one with their children as part of the THRIVE project.

Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS


Children living in poverty often struggle to thrive for many reasons, including poor nutrition and lack of education. HIV increases the odds that children won’t meet their full potential.

The THRIVE early childhood development project helps level the playing field for children affected by HIV. THRIVE enables parents and caregivers to provide safe and stimulating physical environments so children can reach their physical, emotional and intellectual potential. From 2012 to 2015, this 3-year project, funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is providing 17,879 children under age 5 in Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania with a sustainable culture of care and support.

Just like me

Playing games. Making friends. Learning new things. No matter where they live or what hurdles they must overcome, kids are just kids.

CRS developed the Just Like Me: Memory Game to help children recognize the many similarities they share with other children around the world, and express their thoughts and feelings with their caregivers and friends.

Donors who supported CRS THRIVE and other programs for orphans and vulnerable children in 2014 received this colorful, engaging game—perfect for families, schools and church groups—as a gift.

IMPACT and wala

“The most valuable part of [this program] has been the knowledge and skills imparted to me. Even if the program leaves, I can still use this knowledge.”

Judith Dzinga Program participant and HIV support group leader

More than 60,000 orphans and vulnerable children and more than 60,000 eligible adults have become healthier and more resilient thanks to the Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) program, a CRS-led program funded by USAID in Malawi. IMPACT and its companion program, Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement, or WALA, were designed to complement each other, taking a holistic approach to decreasing food insecurity and mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS. Together, the programs changed people’s lives by improving access to services such as HIV testing and counseling, HIV treatment adherence, health care, education and child protection. Together, IMPACT and WALA worked with communities to strengthen livelihoods, improve hygiene and sanitation, and teach people how to grow and prepare nutritious foods.

Sarah Gavinala was diagnosed with HIV when she and her husband, Witinesi, were expecting their youngest son, Bashil. She received support and counseling from the CRS-led IMPACT project.

Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

go Create

Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.

Saint Anthony of Padua

tools for a better tomorrow

Information and communications technology for development, or ICT4D, includes mobile devices and other tools that help us meet local needs, collaborate and make meaningful changes to the way we work. It helps reduce costs, data collection errors and the amount of time needed to provide help during emergencies.

Texting for testing

In Nigeria, texting is turning things around for newborns who need regular HIV testing. CRS health workers are using cell phone messaging to remind HIV-positive mothers to bring their babies to health facilities for early diagnosis. Between January and June 2014, before the messaging was introduced, only five babies were tested. After texting began, between July and September, 146 were tested. Photo by David Snyder for CRS


Ninety percent of all malaria deaths occur in Africa, mostly among children under 5 years old. One of the keys to preventing these deaths is encouraging parents to use insecticide-treated mosquito netting. In the Gambia, CRS staff used iPads equipped with software to help track distribution of nearly a million bed nets and collect data on results.

Staying in touch

In 2014, Catholic Relief Services created eValuate, a digital monitoring and evaluation system that makes it easy and seamless for multiple users to collect, analyze and share data. A technology solution with a human touch, ICT4D is helping us better serve people in refugee camps, on remote farms and in rural health clinics.

go In Peace

We have on our side tools more powerful than any weapons.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, PRESIDENT, CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS

Supporting South Sudan

After decades of civil war in Sudan, Catholic Relief Services worked with tribal leaders, Church leaders and community members to help bring peace and independence to South Sudan. Today this new country is struggling, as political tensions and fragile interethnic relationships lead once again to large-scale fighting and displacement. Together with our local partners, we are working to strengthen these relationships and promote healing, while continuing to deliver lifesaving emergency and development assistance.

Connecting communities in Central African Republic

The fighting in Central African Republic has divided communities that had lived together peacefully. CRS is supporting the work of religious leaders to heal divisions and prevent further violence. In November 2014, CRS hosted Catholic Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui, national Muslim leader Imam Oumar Kobine Layama and national Evangelical leader Pastor Nicolas Guerékoyame Gbangou. They were in Washington, DC, to discuss the current conflict and potential solutions with U.S. officials and members of the international community.

Working with Search for Common Ground and Caritas partners, CRS developed the USAID-funded Empowered Connected Communities program, a community-based approach to rebuilding the social fabric in southeastern Central African Republic. Following the violent breakdown in interfaith relations in December 2013, CRS received additional funding to expand the program to Bossangoa and Bouar.

go Learn

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Strong bodies, strong minds

Edgar Mendoza and Elmer Pineda are best friends who share a love of mathematics. A simple equation helped them graduate from elementary school: daily meals plus running water equals a better education.

The boys attended Justo P. Henríquez Primary School in Honduras, one of 1,047 schools where Catholic Relief Services and local authorities implemented the $17.7 million Food for Education program, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

As part of their day, students at Justo P. Henríquez receive a “merienda,” or light midday meal, that in some cases is half of the child’s total daily nutrition. Better nutrition improves literacy, attendance and retention.

The school has a kitchen as well as new, community-built latrines—one for boys and one for girls. Local citizens also worked with CRS and the municipal government to construct a water and sanitation system that not only benefited the school, but also helped families get running water in their homes.

go together

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.


Faith in change

Partnership is fundamental to how Catholic Relief Services goes out in the world. We profoundly believe that change occurs through our Catholic Church and other local partners—that by sustaining and strengthening local institutions we enhance a community’s ability to resolve its own problems. We work with 164 member organizations of Caritas Internationalis in a global confederation dedicated to improving the lives of poor people.

Sister Bernadette Ouedraogo grows bananas to help provide food and income for vulnerable children in Burkina Faso with support from CRS and Caritas programs.
Photo by Michele Gilfillan for CRS

sharing knowledge

Grounded in Catholic social teaching, integral human development, or IHD, is a central component of the CRS agency strategy and the work we do with our partners. The framework considers how all aspects of life—cultural, economic, political, social and spiritual—contribute to a person’s health and well-being.

In May 2014, Cardinal Philippe Ouedrago and 20 bishops from Burkina Faso and Niger attended an IHD training session at their annual Episcopal conference. The experience provided an opportunity for the bishops to learn how they can apply IHD in their dioceses. The Catholic Church in Burkina Faso has adopted the CRS-designed IHD conceptual framework as a tool for development.

go In Spirit

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

Saint augustine

Taking action

Our impact overseas is made possible by the Catholic community’s actions here at home. To learn more about the plight of the world’s poor and how to make a difference, CRS supporters in dioceses, parishes, schools and communities throughout the United States are participating in our programs. These include CRS Rice Bowl, CRS Fair Trade, Helping Hands and the CRS-United States Conference of Catholic Bishops initiative Catholics Confront Global Poverty.

CRS Rice Bowl goes mobile

Forty years ago, Catholic Relief Services started CRS Rice Bowl in response to famine in Africa. Since then, U.S. dioceses, parishes and schools have used the program to put their faith into action through Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving—raising more than $250 million to feed the hungry.

Today there’s a new way to experience Lent: the CRS Rice Bowl App. Mobile users receive daily reflections and simple meal recipes, videos and a virtual rice bowl so they can record their Lenten sacrifices. Money raised from CRS Rice Bowl supports CRS humanitarian programs around the world, as well as efforts to help the poor in the United States.

Advocacy IN ACTION

Catholics Confront Global Poverty mobilized to advance key priorities in the Farm Bill, including a provision that allows the purchase of food from local farmers to meet the needs of people nearby—a change that saves time and supports local economies. Photo by Ric Francis for CRS

journey of hope

Lisa M. Hendey is founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes. She employs television, radio, social media and her writing to share her passion for the New Evangelization. Lisa speaks internationally on faith, family and technology, and resides in the Diocese of Fresno with her husband, Greg. Lisa was selected as a Catholic Relief Services Egan Journalism Fellow, and traveled with CRS in Rwanda to study and write about the lingering effects of the Rwandan genocide 20 years later.

Traveling to Rwanda, I learned many important life lessons I could have never learned in the United States. One of them was the life-changing impact of forgiveness.

One day, we took a long drive out of the Kigali city center and into the countryside. In an open field surrounded by goats, we met with members of the Karmonyi Women’s Genocide Survivor Community. It was clear to me that these widows—who lost their spouses, and in some cases, their children, to the terrors of the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago—have forged a bond that has allowed them to not only survive horrific loss and grief, but to also become a family to one another.

Somehow, through programs facilitated by CRS and the local Church, these matriarchs and other genocide survivors had found a way to forgive those who committed unimaginable crimes against them. I believe the current peace in Rwanda can be directly attributed to the efforts of Catholic Relief Services and the Church in that region.

When I applied for CRS’ Egan Journalism Fellowship, my hope was that traveling with CRS to Rwanda would enable me to more effectively communicate the organization’s mission and vision to our readership at CatholicMom.com. I could never have anticipated how greatly our trip to Rwanda would impact both my profound respect for CRS and my own life. Our journey to study the organization’s work on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide brought keen new insights for me. I saw CRS staff members’ commitment to professionalism, to humanitarian care and to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Another lasting impression was the reminder that our donations to CRS, modest though they may sometimes be, can have a profound and lasting impact. The widows were quick to thank us for the goats that CRS had given to their community. I learned that the price of dinner out for a family of four in the United States can can be a lifeline to people living on the edge of devastation.

Since returning from Rwanda, I have redoubled my support for CRS and the trip intensified my personal commitment to serving the poor in my community and worldwide. I have given countless speeches around the country about my “Life Lessons From Rwanda.” I devoted a chapter in my new book, “The Grace of Yes,” to the impact of our trip on my perception of the virtue of humility and true reconciliation.

2014 financial Summary


operating Revenue 2014 2013
Total Funds Total Funds
Private Support $256,545 $175,957
Public Support 423,886 427,969
Investment and Other Income 3,364 2,080
total $683,795 $606,006
Operating expenses
Program Services $599,279 $584,773
Supporting Services 52,017 47,753
total $651,296 $632,526
CHANGE IN NET ASSETS $41,685 $20,576
Net Assets, Beginning of Period $184,248 $163,672
Net Assets, End of Period $225,933 $184,248

Revenue (in thousands)

Private Support
CRS Collection $14,6212.14%
CRS Rice Bowl7,9221.16%
Other Private Contributions169,38724.77%
Foundation and Other Private Grants40,1965.88%
Private In-kind Gifts2,8200.41%
Commodities and Freight$102,02714.92%
U.S. Government Grants226,17933.08%
Other Public Grants and Contributions 83,70612.24%
Public In-kind Gifts11,9741.75%
Investment and Other Income $3,3640.49%

Expenses (in thousands)

Agriculture $146,44622.48%
Small Enterprise5,5250.85%
HIV and AIDS39,5186.06%
Peace and Justice30,7974.73%
Management and General$22,3343.43%
Public Awareness8,0241.23%

overseas Leadership


Regional Director Greg Auberry

Bangladesh Kathleen Merkel (CM)

Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam Sanda Rihtman (CR)

China, Mongolia, North Korea, Oceania, Sri Lanka, Thailand Kathleen Merkel (ROM)

East Timor Ian de la Rosa (CR)

India, Nepal John Shumlansky (CR)
Tony Castleman (CR)

Indonesia Yenni Suryani (CM)

Japan Greg Auberry (RD)

Laos Bernie Chaves (CR)

Philippines Joe Curry (CR)


Regional Director Kevin Hartigan

Afghanistan William Schmitt (CR)

Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine Marc D’Silva (CR)

Algeria, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia Davide Bernocchi (CR)

Iraq, Egypt Hani El-Mahdi (CR)

Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza Matthew McGarry (CR)

Pakistan Andrew Schaefer (CR)

Syria, Turkey


Regional Director Mary Hodem

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru Brian Goonan (CR)
Thomas Hollywood (CR)

Costa Rica, Nicaragua Hugh Aprile (CR)
Anne Bousquet (CR)

Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia Kellie Hynes (CR)

El Salvador Erica Dahl-Bredine (CR)

Guatemala, Mexico Anne Bousquet (CR)
Paul Townsend (CR)

Haiti Darren Hercyk (CR)

Honduras Juan Sheenan (CR)


Regional Director Dorothy Madison-Seck

Burkina Faso Bangre Moussa Dominique (CR)

Mali Sean Gallagher (CR)
Niek de Goeij (CR)

Niger Bill Rastetter (CR)

Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania Nicole Poirier (CR)

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Regional Director Paul Townsend

Benin, Togo Christophe Droeven (CR)

Ghana, Ivory Coast Lisa Washington-Sow (CR)

Guinea Godlove Ntaw (CR)

Liberia Joanna Olsen (CR)

Nigeria Chris Bessey (CR)

Sierra Leone Michael Ghebrab (CR)


Regional Director Dorrett Byrd

Angola Stephanie French (CR)
Sean Gallagher (CR)

Lesotho Rita Billingsley (CR)

Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland Davor Dakovic (CM)

Madagascar Laura Dills (CR)

Malawi Debbie Shomberg (CR)

Mozambique, Namibia Dorrett Byrd (RD)

Zambia Dane Fredenburg (CR)

Zimbabwe Timothy Bishop (CR)
Pulickal Mathai Jose (CR)

central africa

Regional Director Scott Campbell

Burundi Darren Posey (CR)

Cameroon Lori Kunze (CR)

Central African Republic Renée Lambert (CM)
LeAnn Hager (CR)

Chad Sylvain Duhau (CM)
Lori Kunze (CR)

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo Margarett Desilier (CR)
Timothy Bishop (CR)

Rwanda LeAnn Hager (CR)
Marie-Noëlle Senyana-Mottier (CM)
Darren Posey (CR)


Regional Director David Orth-Moore

Djibouti, Eritrea David Orth-Moore (RD)

Ethiopia Matt Davis (CR)

Kenya Pulickal Mathai Jose (CR)
Lane Bunkers (CR)

Somalia Malone Miller (CM)
Jennifer Overton (DRD)
Lane Bunkers (CR)

South Sudan Lorraine Bramwell (CR)

Sudan Carolyn Fanelli (CR)
Thomas Hollywood (ACR)

Tanzania Conor Walsh (CR)

Uganda Elizabeth Pfifer (CM)


The role of Catholic Relief Services’ five domestic regional offices is to inform Catholics in the United States about global solidarity and engage them in living out their faith with their brothers and sisters in need around the world through involvement in CRS programs and advocacy.

Regional staff members work with dioceses, parishes, Catholic schools, universities, faith-based groups and religious communities. They also collaborate with the CRS Charitable Giving and Overseas Operations divisions to provide resources and opportunities for Catholics in the United States to pray, learn, act and give.


Regional Director James DeHarpporte
San Diego, California

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Regional Director Roberto Navarro
San Antonio, Texas

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

Regional Director Madeleine Philbin
Chicago, Illinois

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
Northeast/ Mid-Atlantic

Regional Director Maureen McCullough, JD Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington, DC
  • West Virginia

Regional Director Cullen Larson Atlanta, Georgia

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • U.S. Virgin Islands


Catholic Relief Services extends its thanks to our Diocesan Directors for helping Catholics in the United States live out their faith in solidarity with those in greatest need around the world. Your compassion and commitment make it possible for CRS to advance the Church’s global mission and vision, to advocate on international issues, and to provide updates on our activities to U.S. archdioceses and dioceses.

Diocesan Directors educate Catholics about Catholic social teaching, social justice and CRS’ efforts overseas on behalf of the Church in the United States. Their understanding of our work helps to engage the faithful in international concerns through programs such as CRS Rice Bowl, Food Fast and Fair Trade, through global partnerships and in outreach to young people, including college students on campuses around the country.


Archdiocese of Mobile Deacon Walt Crimmins

Diocese of Birmingham Rev. Richard Donohoe
Mrs. Jane Sweeney
Ms. Edna Townes


Archdiocese of Anchorage Ms. Bonnie J. Cler

Diocese of Fairbanks Deacon George Bowder

Diocese of Juneau Deacon Charles Rohrbacher


Diocese of Phoenix Dr. Maria Chavira

Diocese of Tucson Sr. Leonette Kochan


Diocese of Little Rock Mr. Patrick Gallaher
Mrs. Rebecca Cargile


Archdiocese of Los Angeles Bishop Alexander Salazar
Mr. Jaime Huerta

Archdiocese of San Francisco Ms. Carolina Parrales
Mr. George Wesolek

Diocese of Fresno Msgr. Raymond C. Dreiling

Diocese of Monterey Ms. Sheilah Lynch
Ms. Tish Scargill

Diocese of Oakland Mr. Marc McKimmey

Diocese of Orange Ms. Shirl Giacomi

Diocese of Sacramento Ms. Cecilia Flores

Diocese of San Bernardino Msgr. Tom Wallace

Diocese of San Diego Mr. Rodrigo Valdivia

Diocese of San Jose Mr. Ruben Solorio
Ms. Linda Batton

Diocese of Santa Rosa Mr. Chuck Fernandez
Mr. Len Mirabella

Diocese of Stockton Ms. Grace Esquivel
Mr. Richard Fowler


Archdiocese of Denver Mr. Al Hooper

Diocese of Colorado Springs Mr. Corey Almond


Archdiocese of Hartford Mrs. Lynn Campbell

Diocese of Bridgeport Mr. Al Barber

Diocese of Norwich Rev. Msgr. Robert L. Brown


Diocese of Wilmington Rev. Msgr. George Brubaker


Archdiocese of Washington Mr. Anthony Bosnick


Archdiocese of Miami Ms. Rachel Ramjattan
Rev. Deacon Richard Turcotte

Diocese of Orlando Mrs. Stephanie Bosse
Mrs. Deborah Stafford-Shearer

Diocese of Palm Beach Mrs. Elena Muller Garcia
Mrs. Sheila Gomez

Diocese of Pensacola–Tallahassee Mr. Raymond Aguado

Diocese of Saint Augustine Mrs. Laura Hickey
Mrs. Ruby Peters

Diocese of Saint Petersburg Mrs. Sabrina Burton-Schultz
Ms. Deborah L. Close

Diocese of Venice Mr. Matthew Caes


Archdiocese of Atlanta Mrs. Kat Doyle

Diocese of Savannah Rev. Daniel Firmin, JCL
Sr. Pat Brown
Ms. Rebecca Lehto


Diocese of Honolulu Dr. Dave Coleman


Diocese of Boise Ms. Marcie Wilske


Archdiocese of Chicago Ms. Joanna Arellano
Mr. Jude Huntz

Diocese of Belleville Rev. John T. Myler

Diocese of Joliet Mr. Tom L. Garlitz

Diocese of Peoria Msgr. Richard Soseman

Diocese of Rockford Mr. Thomas McKenna

Diocese of Springfield Ms. Vicki Compton


Archdiocese of Indianapolis Ms. Theresa Chamblee
Mr. David Siler

Diocese of Evansville Ms. Sharon Burns

Diocese of Gary Ms. Anne Verbeke

Diocese of
Ft. Wayne–South Bend
Ms. Melissa Wheeler

Diocese of Lafayette Msgr. Robert Sell


Archdiocese of Dubuque Dr. Tracy Morrison

Diocese of Davenport Mr. Kent Ferris

Diocese of Des Moines Ms. Nancy Galeazzi

Diocese of Sioux City Deacon David Lopez


Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Mr. Bill Scholl

Diocese of Dodge City Mr. John Ackerman

Diocese of Salina Ms. Michelle Martin

Diocese of Wichita Ms. Bonnie Toombs


Archdiocese of Louisville Mr. Steven Bogus
Mr. Mark Bouchard

Diocese of Covington Mr. Michael Murray

Diocese of Lexington Ms. Ruslyn Case-Compton
Ms. Meagan Lederman

Diocese of Owensboro Mr. Richard Murphy


Archdiocese of New Orleans Mr. Patrick Carr
Mr. Thomas Costanza

Diocese of Alexandria Fr. Rick Gremillion

Diocese of Baton Rouge Mr. David C. Aguillard
Mrs. Lisa Lee

Diocese of Houma–Thibodaux Mr. Rob Gorman

Diocese of Lafayette Deacon Ed Boustany
Mrs. Stephanie Bernard

Diocese of Lake Charles Rev. V. Wayne LeBleu
Deacon Edward Lavine

Diocese of Shreveport Fr. Rothell Price


Diocese of Portland Ms. Ruth H. Oakley


Archdiocese of Baltimore Mrs. Susan Elias


Archdiocese of Boston Ms. Holly Clark
Mrs. Debbie Kincade Rambo

Diocese of Fall River Rev. Michael K. McManus

Diocese of Springfield Ms. Kathryn Buckley-Brawner

Diocese of Worcester Rev. Richard F. Reidy


Archdiocese of Detroit Mr. Jason Shanks

Diocese of Gaylord Ms. Candace Neff

Diocese of Grand Rapids Ms. Maggie Walsh

Diocese of Kalamazoo Ms. Lisa Irwin

Diocese of Lansing Mr. Vince Gale

Diocese of Marquette Fr. Jaime Ziminski

Diocese of Saginaw Ms. Terri Grierson


Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Mr. Mickey Friesen
Ms. Kathy Tomlin

Diocese of Crookston Ms. Amanda Zurface

Diocese of Duluth Ms. Patrice Critchley-Menor

Diocese of New Ulm Mr. Christopher Loetscher

Diocese of Saint Cloud Mrs. Elizabeth Neville


Diocese of Biloxi Mr. Gregory Crapo

Diocese of Jackson Mrs. Monique Davis
Mr. Aad de Lange


Archdiocese of Saint Louis Ms. Jennifer Stanard

Diocese of Jefferson City Mr. Mark Saucier

Diocese of
Kansas City–Saint Joseph
Mr. Bill Francis
Ms. Brooklyn Samson

Diocese of
Springfield–Cape Girardeau
Mr. Nicholas Lund-Molfese


Diocese of
Great Falls–Billings
Mr. Darren Eultgen

Diocese of Helena Ms. Shanna Melton


Archdiocese of Omaha Mr. Omar F. A. Gutiérrez

Diocese of Grand Island Ms. Kathy Hahn

Diocese of Lincoln Rev. Daniel Rayer


Diocese of Las Vegas Mr. Tim O’Callaghan

Diocese of Reno Br. Matthew Cunningham, FSR
Ms. Rita Sloan


Diocese of Manchester Mrs. Meredith P. Cook, Esq.


Archdiocese of Newark Rev. Timothy Graff

Diocese of Camden Ms. Christine Polit

Diocese of Metuchen Msgr. Joe Kerrigan

Diocese of Paterson Mr. Joseph Duffy

Diocese of Trenton Rev. Ed Jawidzik
Sr. Joanne Dress, DC


Archdiocese of Santa Fe Fr. Arkad Biczak
Ms. Anne Avellone

Diocese of Las Cruces Ms. Grace Cassetta


Archdiocese of New York Mr. George Horton

Diocese of Albany Ms. Mary Olsen

Diocese of Brooklyn Msgr. Terrence J. Mulkerin

Diocese of Buffalo Sr. Mary McCarrick, OSF

Diocese of Ogdensburg Sr. Donna Franklin, DC

Diocese of Rochester Ms. Kathy Dubel

Diocese of Syracuse Mr. Joseph Slavik


Diocese of Charlotte Mr. Joseph Purello

Diocese of Raleigh Fr. Michael Butler
Ms. Melissa DuCharme


Diocese of Bismarck Mr. Ron Schatz

Diocese of Fargo Very Rev. Luke Meyer


Archdiocese of Cincinnati Ms. Pam Long
Mr. Tony Stieritz

Diocese of Cleveland Ms. Kelly Ann Davis

Diocese of Columbus Ms. Erin Cordle

Diocese of Toledo Mr. Biff Rocha

Diocese of Youngstown Mr. Brian Corbin


Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Ms. Marlene Rosbach
Ms. Angela Schmidt

Diocese of Tulsa Deacon John M. Johnson, Ph.D.
Ms. Lori Hahn


Archdiocese of Portland Most Rev. Peter Smith
Mr. Matt Cato

Diocese of Baker Ms. Peggy Buselli


Archdiocese of Philadelphia Mrs. Anne Ayella

Diocese of Allentown Mr. Robert Olney

Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown Sr. Patti Rossi
Rev. Robert J. Kelly

Diocese of Erie Mr. Dennis Grant

Diocese of Harrisburg Mr. Peter Biasucci

Diocese of Pittsburgh Ms. Helene Paharik

Diocese of Scranton Ms. Catherine Butel
Ms. Teresa Osborne


Diocese of Providence Rev. Robert P. Perron
Ms. Kathy McKeon


Diocese of Charleston Ms. Caroline Weisberg


Diocese of Rapid City Ms. Veronica Valandra

Diocese of Sioux Falls Mr. Jerome Klein


Diocese of Knoxville Mr. Paul Simoneau

Diocese of Memphis Mrs. Therese Gustaitis
Ms. Christine Hash

Diocese of Nashville Deacon Hans Toecker


Archdiocese of Galveston–Houston Ms. Hilda Ochoa

Archdiocese of San Antonio Rev. Martin Leopold

Diocese of Austin Ms. Barbara Budde

Diocese of Beaumont Ms. Letty Lanza

Diocese of Brownsville Mr. Miguel Santos

Diocese of Corpus Christi Fr. Raynaldo Yrlas

Diocese of Dallas Mr. Joshua Clemmons
Ms. Michelle Gagne

Diocese of El Paso Rev. Tony Celino

Diocese of Fort Worth Mr. Peter Flynn

Diocese of Lubbock Mr. B. Marty Martin

Diocese of San Angelo Rev. Hubert Wade

Diocese of Tyler Mr. Jim Smith

Diocese of Victoria Fr. Dan Morales


Diocese of
Salt Lake City
Mr. Lyle Crocker
Ms. Jean Hill


Diocese of Burlington Ms. Denise Payea


Diocese of Arlington Ms. Carla Walsh

Diocese of Richmond Ms. Caroline Stanfill


Archdiocese of Seattle Mr. J. L. Drouhard
Ms. Kelly Hickman

Diocese of Spokane Mr. Scott Cooper
Mr. Rob McCann

Diocese of Yakima Fr. Robert Siler


Diocese of Wheeling–Charleston Rev. Brian O’Donnell, SJ


Archdiocese of Milwaukee Mr. Rob Shelledy
Ms. Kathy Shine

Diocese of Green Bay Mr. Eric Weydt

Diocese of La Crosse Mr. Christopher Ruff, STL

Diocese of Superior Mr. Steve Tarnowski


Diocese of Cheyenne Mr. Matthew Potter


Archdiocese of Military Services Deacon Michael Yakir


Diocese of Saint Thomas Mr. Michael Akin


Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo President & CEO

Sean Callahan Chief Operating Officer

Mark Melia Executive Vice President, Charitable Giving

Pamela O’Connor Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Mark Palmer Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Annemarie Reilly Executive Vice President, Strategy and Organizational Development

Joan Rosenhauer Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations

Schuyler Thorup Executive Vice President, Overseas Operations

crs board of directors

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley Chair Archdiocese of Oklahoma City November 2013–present

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas Chair Diocese of Tucson November 2010–November 2013

Mr. Glenn M. Creamer Treasurer Senior Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners, Inc.

Msgr. Ronny Jenkins Secretary General Secretary United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Dr. Viva O. Bartkus Associate Professor University of Notre Dame

Bishop William P. Callahan, OFM Conv. Diocese of La Crosse

Bishop Joseph R. Cistone Diocese of Saginaw

Bishop Frank J. Dewane Diocese of Venice

Mr. Kevin R. Farrell Farrell Mudd Development

Bishop Cirilo Flores* Diocese of San Diego

Bishop Daniel E. Flores Diocese of Brownsville

Dr. Patrick T. Harker President, University of Delaware

Bishop Martin D. Holley Archdiocese of Washington

Sister Carol Keehan President & CEO Catholic Health Association of the United States September 2008–August 2014

Archbishop George J. Lucas Archdiocese of Omaha

Bishop Richard J. Malone Diocese of Buffalo

Bishop Gregory J. Mansour Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick Archbishop Emeritus Archdiocese of Washington

Mrs. Jeri Eckhart Queenan Partner, Global Development Practice Area Head The Bridgespan Group

The Honorable Geraldine E. Rivera Santa Fe, New Mexico

Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli Diocese of Paterson

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan Archdiocese of Santa Fe January 2008–December 2013

Mrs. Charmaine Warmenhoven Trustee, Catholic Foundation

Bishop John C. Wester Diocese of Salt Lake City January 2008–December 2013

crs foundation board of directors

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick Chair Archbishop Emeritus Archdiocese of Washington

Mr. Glenn M. Creamer Vice-Chair Providence Equity Partners Inc. Providence, Rhode Island

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley Archbishop of Oklahoma City

Mr. Gerald F. Dowling Retired Executive Villanova, Pennsylvania

Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston–Houston

Mrs. Pam Gilardi The Father’s Table Foundation Heathrow, Florida

Mrs. Julie Jansen Kraemer Wilmette, Illinois

Mr. James N. Perry, Jr. Madison Dearborn Partners Chicago, Illinois

Mr. Christopher C. Quick The Quick Family Foundation New York, New York April 2007–December 2013

Mrs. Karen Rauenhorst Community Volunteer Long Lake, Minnesota

Mrs. Jessica Stark Ochylski Foundation Parkland, Florida

Bishop William S. Skylstad Bishop Emeritus of Spokane

Mr. Dennis Tippmann Tippman Industrial Products Fort Wayne, Indiana October 2010–December 2013

Mr. Stephen Walsh Western Asset Boulder, Colorado

Mr. Arthur Wigchers Retired Executive Brookfield, Wisconsin

Mrs. Agnes N. Williams Attorney Potomac, Maryland

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo President & CEO Catholic Relief Services