Finding Christmas All Over the World

Dear Friends, In a few weeks, I will celebrate my last Christmas as an employee of Catholic Relief Services. As you know, I am retiring as president on December 31 and am handing over the post to Carolyn Y. Woo. Starting next month, Carolyn will be writing these letters to you. Almost 40 Christmases have […]

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Time to Give Thanks

Dear Friend, In November, we in America take time to give thanks. This year, though, that might be tough for many who are facing unemployment, lesser employment or even a home foreclosure. Still, we find a way to give thanks for our many blessings, and do so around a full table, reminding us that the […]

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Building Levees, Saving Lives

Dear Friend, As fall begins, those of us at Catholic Relief Services headquarters can look over an eventful end to a summer that brought us everything from an earthquake that rattled our building to hurricanes that drenched us and forced even the smallest of streams over their banks. This all came as we marked anniversaries […]

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Stay With Sudan

Dear Friends, I hope that everyone in the Catholic Relief Services family will join together this month to welcome a new nation into the world community: The Republic of South Sudan. I am traveling to Juba, its capital, for the independence day ceremonies on July 9. There I will join many CRS colleagues who worked […]

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Father Knows Best … Sometimes

Dear Friends, So, we come to the end of another school year. For me, that means the wonderful opportunity to address graduates of some fine institutions of higher learning. This year, it was my privilege to speak at the commencements at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and St. Thomas University in St. Paul. It is so […]

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The Power of Motherhood

Dear friends, Mother. It is such a simple, common, everyday word, yet so complex, so full of meaning. Play a word association game with it. What first comes into your mind when you hear it? Probably something like “nurture” or “supportive.” Think Mother Nature or Mother Earth. But we also use mother to mean strong […]

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Stand Strong During This Season of Hope

Dear Friends, Catholic Relief Services extends our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to the people of Japan, who have endured a horrific tragedy that has touched all of us. Because the focus of CRS is on the poor people of the world, we do not have operations in prosperous, developed countries such as Japan. Nevertheless, […]

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Operation Rice Bowl Opens Us to Love of God and Neighbor

Dear Friends, The Lenten season is full of discussion about sacrifice, what it means and how it connects you and me to the selflessness that is at the center of our commitment to Christ. Consider what Pope Benedict XVI said in his Lenten message this year about fasting and the other sacrifices we make for […]

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Haiti: A Year Later

Dear Friend, I want to report to you on my recent trip to Haiti. I traveled there with our board member Bishop Richard Malone of Portland, Maine, to mark the first anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the capital city of Port-au-Prince and so much of that beautiful country. The last time I attended an […]

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New Year: Looking Forward, Looking back

Dear Friends, January gets its name from the Roman god Janus who is often depicted as two-faced, not in a deceptive way, but in a way appropriate for the beginning of the new year. He looked both backward and forward. That is what we are doing at Catholic Relief Services during a January that is […]

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