I am deeply grateful to Archbishop José H. Gomez for the trust he has shown in me by appointing me to serve as the chair of Catholic Relief Services. In the months ahead, I will do whatever I can to assist the work of the Board and to strengthen the work of CRS in serving the poorest of the poor throughout the world.
Most Catholics I have met do not know a great deal about CRS and its work. However, its mission is essential and its scope is large. CRS is the global services organization of the American Catholic Church and it serves people in 114 countries around the world, assisting in times of natural disaster and providing for long-term development assistance to empower the poor, vulnerable and marginalized through education, agricultural assistance and technical support.
For more than 75 years, CRS has been committed to treat each person it serves with dignity and respect, reflecting our basic Catholic faith. Its core mission is to live the Lord’s mandate found in Matthew 25, where the Savior reminds us that what we do for the least of our sisters and brothers, we do unto Him. Among the issues that CRS strives to address are poverty, violence, lack of education, hunger and homelessness throughout the world.
I look forward to serving with the other members of the Board in our common commitment to strengthen and make known the many essential works CRS provides throughout the world.
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