Core Programs

Your gateway to ministry and education resources rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and designed to prepare 21st century global citizens to encounter the world.

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Today, we reach more than 85 million people in 101 countries on five continents. CRS is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to ease suffering, provide development assistance, and foster charity and justice. Our mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering people of the world. Learn more at

CRS Global High School

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) recognizes the vital role Catholic secondary schools play in the Church’s mission of evangelization and catechesis in the United States. Motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the CRS Global High School Program provides opportunities for Catholic secondary schools to join with CRS to educate about Catholic social teaching and advocate for solidarity with the global poor. Learn more at

CRS University

Catholic Relief Services’ University Engagement invites Catholic colleges and universities as well as Catholic organizations on other campuses to partner with CRS through education, prayer and action activities and to join in solidarity with the global poor. Catholic campuses across the country play a critical role in informing and steering the national dialogue on today’s most pressing justice issues, and college students are today’s most socially-minded, compassionate, eager, and effective change agents. For these reasons, CRS prioritizes outreach to Catholic colleges, Catholic universities and Newman Centers. Learn more at

CRS Resource Center

The CRS Resource Center offers an expanded collection of resources similar to those found on this website and suitable for all ministry settings. Download a variety of FREE ministry tools for prayer, faith formation and action. Learn more at

CRS FoodFast

CRS FoodFast is CRS’ hunger awareness experience for Catholic youth. Through fasting, art, video, social media, reflection, games, and prayer, youth come face to face with the reality of global hunger. Participants discover how Catholic Relief Services supports people that are hungry in acquiring food and gaining long-term food security and are challenged as disciples of Jesus to discover their roles in eliminating hunger. Learn more at

CRS Rice Bowl

Join more than 13,000 faith communities and families around the United States in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. CRS Rice Bowl is a tool to encounter ourselves, our neighbor and our God anew during Lent. Encounter Lent with our liturgical resources, prayers and educational resources designed for each member of your faith community. Learn more at

CRS Helping Hands

Helping Hands, a program developed by Catholic Relief Services and Stop Hunger Now, is a high-energy, hands-on way for Catholics in the U.S. to tackle hunger around the world. During an event, volunteers package nutritious meals for people in Burkina Faso suffering from food shortages and famine. CRS educates volunteers about the people and country they are helping, ships the meals and provides skills training and other long-term programs that help break the cycle of hunger. Learn more at

CRS Ethical Trade

The CRS Ethical Trade program helps young people to live their faith through reflection, education and action. The program offers turn-key fair trade sales and fundraisers for youth ministry and high school as well as hundreds of ethically produced products from nearly 20 partners. Prayers, faith formation activities, and stories help students to connect with the people behind the products. Learn more at

Catholics Confront Global Poverty

Want to use your voice to speak for the voiceless to your legislators? Consider advocacy as an initiative for your faith community! Join Catholics Confront Global Poverty to learn more about ways you can advocate to defend the lives and dignity of our brothers and sisters living in poverty throughout the world. Your school can make a difference! Learn more at

CRS Global Fellows

Global Fellows connect your parish to the world’s poor. Global Fellows are priests, deacons and seminarians who have experienced the work of Catholic Relief Services in some of the world’s poorest countries. They bring to parishes in the United States a vision of a just world and an invitation to help end global poverty through their preaching and their personal stories. Invite a global fellow to speak at a parish liturgy, your school assembly, a CRS FoodFast, a youth retreat or a youth group night! Learn more at

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic schools care about children around the world. Countless children are confronted with various emergencies and disasters all over the world. Catholic schools are called to serve the poor and vulnerable, uphold the dignity of human life and form disciples who will bring about justice. In light of this call, the National Catholic Educational Association and Catholic Relief Services have partnered to create a FREE “Emergencies and Disasters Toolkit” for Catholic Schools Week 2018. Learn more

CRS Ark of Hope

The CRS Ark of Hope program for kids and families allows communities to donate symbolic animals to people in need as they “build an ark.” As students creatively raise money towards the community goals, they can color in animals and place them on the ark for all to see Learn more

CRS Pray Out Loud

With enthusiasm, creativity, energy, and faith the young Catholic Church can indeed be an example to the world of what those who believe can accomplish on behalf of “the least of these” – our vulnerable sisters and brothers who struggle for human rights, justice, and peace. Based on the conviction that prayer can be more than words or contemplation, Pray Out Loud strives to connect prayer and works, faith and leadership, believing and acting. Pray Out Loud is designed as a FREE toolkit for those who guide young people to faith-based leadership through prayer, learning, acting and giving in the work of advocacy, compassion, service and social change.Learn more

Little Flower Challenge

Through your registration, you will gain access to the free resources that will help you to plan and facilitate educational opportunities to challenge your students to think globally and to act as missionary disciples! This October, CRS is challenging you to begin a journey to spread love and solidarity through Praying, Learning, Acting, and Giving. By participating in the CRS Little Flower Challenge from Respect Life Month until the beginning of Lent, you will bring your students into greater solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world who struggle for peace and safety each day. Learn more

One on the Journey

One on the Journey: A Solidarity Prayer Walk invites you to join your community in a special experience of prayer, solidarity, and kinship. Using photography and written reflection, this self-guided meditation invites us into the heart of our experience as ONE body in Christ and to pray in a special way with and for our sisters and brothers around the world. Take time to open your heart, listen to the Spirit and allow yourself to be lovingly drawn along on the path of discipleship.Learn more