Special Collections



Catholic Campaign for Human Development

September 16-17, 2017

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) was founded by the U.S. bishops to promote Catholic social teaching and to fund organizations with grants that help people help themselves, to promote human life and dignity, to advance justice and address the root causes of poverty. 

A local example of a grant is the Life to Justice Initiative representing the Catholic principles of life and justice in a concrete way. The grant to Catholic Community Services is promoting PREPARES – a program to create the capacity within every parish to provide pregnancy and parenting support resources for mothers, fathers, and children up to age five. PREPARES’ mission is to provide low-income families with resources, services and referrals resulting in healthy birth outcomes and committed, knowledgeable parents. Additionally, the grant is connecting PREPARES to two separate initiatives to assist the Farm Worker and African American communities regarding their economic development.

CCHD grants and education programs, implemented in collaboration with local (arch)bishops, are supported by this annual collection.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
3211 Fourth Street NE • Washington, DC 20017-1194
202-541-3400 • www.usccb.org/cchd  

CLICK HERE to donate.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development addresses the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and transformative education. National grants are awarded by the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on CCHD with the approval of local bishops. Local, smaller, grants are awarded by the Archbishop.

More Information: Missions Office - CCHD webpage


World Mission Sunday

October 21-22, 2017

Mission Sunday is celebrated the world over. In this Archdiocese we combine other U.S. mandated collections with World Mission Sunday, sharing gifts on a percentage basis with: Church in Latin America; Central and Eastern Europe; Catholic Near East Welfare Association and Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.

More Information: Missions Office - Pontifical Mission Societies