Missions connects local Catholics to the needs of the Church throughout the world to build global solidarity.

CRS Mission to Benin

What is Missions?

The Missions ministry supports and promotes the understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and how to live out our faith by being in community with people on the margins, whether they are in our own communities or around the world. The Missions team provides support and resources to parishes so their parishioners can engage in global solidarity.

How Missions supports parishes

Missions helps parishes to educate people about the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world, to create opportunities for global relationship building and to inspire action. Examples of opportunities for parishes:

  • Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl education and impact
  • JustFaith Formation Series
  • Mission Coop Plan speakers
  • Immersion trips
CRS Mission to Asia


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Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

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. Learn more about the work of CRS around the world at https://www.crs.org/our-work-overseas

Take a 10-minute retreat to deepen your faith through guided meditation at https://www.crs.org/get-involved/learn/resource-center/online-prayer-retreat-hunger

Learn about how advocacy can make a difference at https://www.crs.org/stories/how-advocacy-makes-a-difference-father-joe-gradys-story

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ... release to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free."   (Luke 4:18). Learn more at  https://www.povertyusa.org/

Find resources, CCHD national and local grant recipients, and CCHD grant application materials at https://archseattle.org/give-serve/giving-opportunities/national-mission-collections/catholic-campaign-for-human-development/

Mission Trips

Take a trip that will challenge & enrich you!  Meet people working for a more just and compassionate world.  Learn about the history, social, political, economic, religious, and cultural realities in the host country.  Mission trips will expand your vision of the world and nurture your faith through prayer and reflection on what you're experiencing.  Learn more about Maryknoll mission trips & Education Across Borders service-learning immersion trips by clicking the green buttons below.


Chris Koehler

Director of Missions and Immigrant Affairs