For the 43rd consecutive year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will participate in Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Rice Bowl, a nationwide Lenten program that gives people of all ages a way to respond to human suffering with compassion through tangible action. Auxiliary Bishop John J. McIntyre will preside at this year’s Rice Bowl blessing and kick-off event.
Friday, February 2, 2018
Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish (Food Cupboard)
636 North 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
CRS Rice Bowl has been a tradition for generations of Catholics. It started in 1975 as a response to a global famine in Africa. Today, it shines a light on the Catholic community’s commitment to the poor and vulnerable. It is global in its reach bringing tangible goods and services to people in need around the world.
In addition to the blessing, Anne H. Ayella, CRS Diocesan Director, Jeffrey Wallace, CRS Regional Manager, and Jacques Kabore, Partnership and Capacity Building Coordinator for CRS Burkina Faso, will illustrate how Rice Bowl touches people globally. Gloria Ayers, Saint Ignatius Parish’ Food Cupboard Coordinator, will offer details on the Saint Ignatius food cupboard, which serves those in need in West Philadelphia and is hosting this year’s kick-off.
This year’s Rice Bowl offers Catholic in the United States a way to respond to Pope Francis call to“Share the Journey” with migrants and refugees around the world. Share the Journey is a global public awareness campaign that aims to dispel fear and inspire communities to build relationships with those forced to leave their native lands due to violence, oppression, famine, and other hardships.
# # #
Editor’s Note: Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic Community in the United States. It is dedicated to improving the lives of poor and vulnerable families through humanitarian programs and services.
For more information on CRS’ Rice Bowl please visit http://www.crsricebowl.org/.
The “Share the Journey” campaign runs through September 2019. For additional information, please visit https://www.sharejourney.org.
Media and Events Specialist