Building the Kingdom of God by alleviating material and spiritual poverty through Christ.
Who Are We?
We are the hands, feet, and eyes of Christ to impoverished children and families. We are passionate about our work for the physically, spiritually, and intellectually poor. We support the work of priests, religious, missionaries, and lay people of good will around the world trying to make a difference in the lives of others, materially and spiritually. Catholic World Mission knocks as beggars for Christ to spread the message of the Church and rebuild communities around the world.
What Do We Do?
At Catholic World Mission we believe in alleviating suffering, illuminating the mind, and igniting the Spirit. We accomplish our goal through four pillars of work:
- Dignified Living
- Disaster Relief
We alleviate suffering by providing material support through our Dignified Living and Disaster Relief pillars, illuminate the mind to offer hope for a better life through our Education pillar, and ignite the Spirit to new heights by providing the sacramental, healing, and life-giving power of Jesus Christ and His Church accomplished through our Evangelization pillar.
How Do We Accomplish our Mission?
We use what we call the Trinitarian approach which means there are at least three major groups involved in a project. The community in need; a dedicated partner helping oversee the project (which can include priests, religious, bishops, and lay people), and the generous Catholic World Mission family of supporters.
We do not, and cannot do our work alone. We get to know the people in the communities we serve and ensure they are actively involved in finding a solution to their needs. We partner with other entities who are willing to devote sufficient amount of time and resources to the community. We seek the assistance of priests and religious locally to provide spiritual support to the community. We bridge Catholic World Mission supporters to these projects by engaging them in opportunities to become part of the solution. We hold the community, our partners, and ourselves accountable to our supporters with a strict policy of full documentation of ‘use-of-funds’ and proof of accomplishment within agreed upon deadlines for completion. Catholic World Mission scrutinizes the operational aspects of every project we undertake to ensure that our benefactors’ hard-earned donations are put to best use, and spent as they were intended.
We also take a long-term view of projects by forming relationships with all the people we work with. We aim to go beyond charity and into justice.
Scripture & Inspiring Quote Which Drives Our Work
Matthew 5:16, “Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
In Pope Francis’s words, “It is not enough to offer someone a sandwich unless it is accompanied by the possibility of learning how to stand on one’s own two feet. Charity that leaves the poor person as he is, is not sufficient. True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice, it demands that the poor find the way to be poor no longer.”