Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia raised more than a quarter-million dollars this year in support of CRS Rice Bowl, the annual Lenten program supporting the work of Catholic Relief Services.

In a letter to Archbishop Charles Chaput dated Oct. 21, CRS president and CEO Carolyn Woo said the $256,784.77 donated by the archdiocese served as a “constant reminder of our connection with God’s family.”


The funds would allow CRS “to continue lifesaving projects in areas of sanitation, food security and support of refugees displaced by political turmoil,” Woo said.

She thanked the archbishop “for leading the faithful in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia live their faith in solidarity with the poor and marginalized people overseas.”

CRS is the official relief agency of the U.S. Catholic bishops founded in 1943 to assist refugees in World War II. Today it serves millions of poor people around the world, providing relief to communities affected by disasters and helping people to develop sustainable livelihoods.