National Needs Collection


The Catholic Campaign for Human Development was mandated by the U.S. bishops to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and transformative education. Twenty-five percent of this collection stays in our diocese for local distribution. National grants were received last year by Birth Choice and our local Diocesan Restorative Justice ministries. There is a comprehensive application process in place and no organization/group receives funds locally or nationally that takes positions contrary to the Catholic teaching, or participates in partisan political activity. 



The essential mission of the CCC is to contribute to the process of evangelization by fostering activities in relation to television, radio and other media, and through special projects of the Catholic press. An annual collection is taken up in the dioceses, which remit 50 percent of the funds collected to the National Office. From these funds grants are made, following recommendations by the USCCB Communications Committee. The remaining portion of the collection is retained by the dioceses for use in local communication projects. 



This collection provides funding for academic scholarships at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in response to the commitment made by the bishops at its foundation in 1887. Catholic University is the only United States University with Pontifical faculties. Students are enrolled from all 50 states and almost 100 countries in 12 schools: Theology and Religious Studies, Philosophy, Law, Arts and Sciences, Social Service, Nursing, Engineering, Music, Architecture, Library and Information Sciences, Canon Law and Metropolitan College. 



Nearly half of our country is considered home mission territory. This appeal helps our Catholic neighbors here in the United States who do not have access to basic pastoral services like Mass, the sacraments and faith formation. Through your support, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal helps these mission diocese form vibrant faith communities and strengthens the Church at home.  


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