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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international humanitarian organization of the U.S. Catholic Bishops that seeks to end poverty, hunger and disease.   We work in 101 countries, reaching 85 million people each year.   Our mission is grounded in Catholic values, which call on us to foster compassion and dignity among the world’s most marginalized people.

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Latest Update

Spring 2017:  Global Emergency Update (Highlights relief work in Haiti, Kenya, Somalia, Lake Chad Basin, Uganda, Syria Refugee Crisis, Ukraine, Iraq)

March 2017:  Kenya and Somalia Drought and Hunger Relief

How to Turn in Your CRS Rice Bowls

1) Turn in your Rice Bowls to your parish or school if they are participating as a community


2) Donate your CRS Rice Bowl proceeds via check to:
    Archdiocese of Indianapolis
    MEMO LINE:  CRS Rice Bowl
    Mail To:
    Catholic Relief Services
    1400 Meridian St.
    Indianapolis, IN  46202

Matthew 25: CRS Rice Bowl Grant

The Matthew 25: CRS Rice Bowl Grant application period is now open. Click here for more details

Haiti, 6 Months After Hurricane Matthew

  • Learn more here
  • Donations Online:
  • Donate by Mail:
    • Mail your check or money order to:
      Catholic Relief Services
      P.O. Box 17090
      Baltimore, MD 21297-0303
      Memo Line: Hurricane Matthew Relief
  • Donate by Phone:
    • 877-435-7277

Catholic Church's Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis

CRS Mission Statement

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:

  • PROMOTE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and,
  • SERVE CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED STATES as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, we work with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.

To learn more about how - Faith. Action. Results.  - is the foundation of CRS, visit

About CRS

In 1943, the Roman Catholic Bishops of the United States established Catholic Relief Services to help war-torn Europe and its refugees recover. During World War II, CRS’ work focused on the resettlement of war refugees in Europe. Today, more than 70 years later, our mission continues to focus on the poor overseas, using the gospel of Jesus Christ as our mandate. We continually seek to help those most in need, providing assistance on the basis of need, without regard to race, creed or nationality.

Focusing on innovative programs in agriculture, health and emergency response, we partner with communities and other Church institutions around the world to address urgent needs, while developing solutions to help vulnerable people survive and thrive long term.  We are located in 101 countries, have a global staff of 5000, and serve nearly 100,000,000 people each year.  

Within the United States, we help Catholics in parishes, dioceses and schools live their faith through tangible programs and activities that promote human dignity and respond to human needs around the world.  

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Contact Information

Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Catholic Relief Services
Theresa Chamblee



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