Global Solidarity Ambassador Program

Synopsis of Program:

The role of the Global Solidarity Ambassador (GSA) is to assist the parish (and Catholic school, where applicable) in understanding their greater role as a Catholic community to live in spiritual solidarity with our brothers and sisters within our parish, our community and with those around the world.

The GSA should be someone who personally believes in the importance of developing “a more just and believing society” and has at least a basic understanding of the Catholic Church’s teaching on solidarity with the poor and marginalized in our world.

Keeping in mind the dynamics of each parish is different; this is not a one-size-fits-all program.   Outlined below are five ministries that encompass different aspects of global solidarity, also known as global Catholicism.

  1. CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Faith in Action Program
  2. CRS Fair Trade
  3. Global Advocacy (e.g., Catholics Confront Global Poverty (CCGP) and legislative involvement)
  4. Twinning Parish (twinned with a parish outside of the United States)
  5. Global Catholicism Prayer Ministry

As the Global Solidarity Ambassador, and with the blessing of your pastor, you will choose one or more of the five ministries to promote within your parish community.   All resources and materials will be provided to you by the Archdiocesan Catholic Relief Services office to help you effectively and confidently carry out your ambassador role.   You will also receive periodic newsletters providing updates to programs or pertinent information about a global situation where we, as the Catholic Church have a moral obligation to respond.   And, there will be an annual gathering within the Archdiocese for all parish Global Solidarity Ambassadors.   This will be a time of coming together as a Catholic community to share ideas, learn about new or updated resources that are available to you to aid you in your parish ministry, and learn stories from the field through your CRS colleagues.


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