February 23, 2017
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
For over 50 years, the Collection for the Church in Latin America has been a sign of the solidarity of the Church in the United States with the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean. For people living in these regions, barriers to practicing the faith include lack of resources, shortages of pastoral ministers, and poor infrastructures that make relatively simple things like participating in weekly Mass difficult. Your support of the collection helps to share the faith with those who long to experience God’s mercy within strong faith communities.
For example, in northern Peru, great distances and deteriorated roads mean that clergy must often travel by foot or mule to rural communities. As a result, some communities are visited by priests and ministers only once per month, many just twice per year. The Collection for the Church in Latin America was able to help fund training for 65 pastoral ministers for the communities in this region. Because of your support, these new leaders continue to reach out and serve the rural communities, ensuring that all feel included in our family of faith.
The Collection for the Church in Latin America, through projects like these, empowers the faithful of Latin America and the Caribbean to deepen their faith and share it with each other and the world. A significant portion of this collection is also used to assist in the ongoing efforts of our own Diocesan Hispanic Ministry, which serves the large number of Hispanic and Latino Catholics who are now in the Diocese of Worcester. It is gratifying to see the life of faith flourishing in these parish communities as their faith life enriches us all.
I encourage you to respond to the theme to “Share your Faith” by supporting the special Collection for the Church in Latin America in our parishes on the weekend of March 5. Please be assured of my appreciation for your generous response to this collection.
With every prayerful best wish, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. McManus
Bishop of Worcester