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Often times when  a need arises, a person with foresight and drive, forms an organization to service other human beings.

Many great organizations survived and flourished through the ages, first started by Christians.


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Aid to the Church in Need


                                                                                                         Aid to the Church in Need

Aid to the Church in Need is an international Catholic pastoral aid organization, which yearly offers financial support to more than 5,000 projects worldwide. It aims to help Christians in need wherever they are repressed or persecuted and therefore prevented from living according to their faith.

Aid to the Church in Need's General Secretariat and Project Headquarters is in Königstein, Germany. With 23 national offices, Aid to the Church in Need provides aid to Catholic communities in more than 140 countries around the world.

The roots of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) go back to the time after World War II. As Europe lay shattered, millions of people were fleeing. The majority were homeless and tormented by hunger. For the Dutch priest, Father Werenfried van Straaten, the Stunde Null was the starting point of his life's work.  In 1947 he founded Aid to the Eastern Priests, which shortly after became the aid organisation, Aid to the Church in Need. His relief organisation provided food and clothes for millions of East German refugees. In his appeals he preached compassion and reconciliation, and eventually encouraged many people to support the cause. 

Many supporters donated goods and food, rather than money; sides of pork were often donated, and van Straaten became known as the 'Bacon Priest'. 







Father Werenfried van Straaten, founder, 
West Germany, for pastoral aid organization 

Ascension 1999





Non-profit organization

Industry Healthcare

Headquarters: Edmundson, Missouri, U.S.

Ascension is the largest Catholic health system in the world[1] and the largest non-profit health system in the United States [2][3] with facilities in 23 states and the District of Columbia. It is a faith-based collaboration of hospitals, medical practices, and innovators that shares best practices and the objective of developing healthier communities throughout the United States by community outreach[4]and researching means of reducing the cost of healthcare.[5] The organization is headquartered within Greater St. Louis in the northwestern suburb of EdmundsonMissouri.

CAFOD Catholic Agency for Overseas Development




The Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), previously known as the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development, is the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. It is an international aid agency working to alleviate poverty and suffering in developing countries. It is funded by the Catholic community in England and Wales, the British Government and the general public by donations.[1]

CAFOD is an agency of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and part of the Caritas International Federation which operates in many countries and territories worldwide. CAFOD is a member of the DEC Disasters Emergency Committee and the British Overseas Aid Group. In 2010/11 it raised £69 million and employed 366 staff.

CAFOD is inspired by biblical teachings such as 'The Good Samaritan', 'The Golden Rule' etc.

Catholic Charities USA 1910

Catholic Charities USA



Founded: September 25, 1910; 108 years ago 
(as National Conference of Catholic Charities)

Catholic Charities is a network of charities with headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2005 Forbes magazine ranked it as the fifth largest charity in the United States in terms of total revenue. The organization serves millions of people a year, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds.

Their motto is "Working to reduce poverty in America". Their mission statement is "The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same."

Catholic Church Extension Society of America 1905

Catholic Extension, October 18, 1905 (114 years ago);

Purpose: Supports poor mission dioceses across the United States;

Location: Chicago, Illinois


Catholic Extension (also known as the Catholic Church Extension Society) is a national fundraising organization which supports and strengthens poor mission dioceses across the United States. They provide funding and resources to dioceses and parishes through programs and services investing in people, infrastructure and ministries. This support is given based on need, passion and commitment to the growth of the Catholic faith.

Catholic Home Missions 1924

The Catholic Home Missions is an organization founded in 1924 by the American Board of Catholic Missions (ABCM) with the aim of helping and supporting poor dioceses in the United States.[1] Their effort focuses principally on providing religious education. Since 1998 U.S. bishops have conducted an annual appeal in parishes across the country, with the proceeds going to dioceses in the United States and its territories.[2][3][4][5][6]

Catholic Near East Welfare Association 1926

The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (abbreviated CNEWA, pronounced "k-NAY-wah" /kneɪwɑː/) is a papal agency established in 1926 and dedicated to giving pastoral and humanitarian support to Northeast Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and India.[2] 

CNEWA operates specifically in areas of concentrated mass poverty, war, and displacement, providing human dignity and addressing basic needs for vulnerable populations. 

As a Catholic organization CNEWA utilizes the network of Eastern Catholic Churches and devoted religious sisters in order to provide the most effective and holistic humanitarian support regardless of creed or religious affiliation.[3] 

As sisters with CNEWA have stated, "We don't help people because they're Christian. We help [them] because we are." [4]

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 1943

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Founded in 1943 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the agency provides assistance to 130 million people in more than 90 countries and territories in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

CRS programming includes: promoting human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty and nurturing peaceful and just societies:

⦁    Emergency relief in the wake of disasters and civil conflict 
⦁    Long-term development programming in the areas of agriculture, water, community health, education, health, HIV/AIDS, micro finance and peace building.
Serving Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

Overseas work is done in partnership with local church agencies, other faith-based partners, non-governmental organizations and local governments. CRS emphasizes the empowerment of partners and beneficiaries in programming decisions. Program examples include:

⦁    Agriculture — CRS’ immediate goal is to improve family well-being through agro-economic development and environmental stewardship. The long-term goal is to strengthen the capacity of local communities to take control of their own development.[6]
⦁    Emergency Response — Natural and human-caused disasters disproportionately affect the lives of the poor. CRS works to ensure that disaster-affected populations are at least able to meet their basic needs and live a life with dignity. The agency works directly with affected communities and local partners to help restore and strengthen their pre-disaster capacities.[7]
⦁    HIV/AIDS — CRS promotes community-based programs that help those infected, address the underlying causes of AIDS and reduce the spread of HIV. CRS is the lead agency in a consortium that is expanding the delivery of antiretroviral treatments to people infected with HIV in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Funding for this venture comes from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In addition to this, programming addresses AIDS-related stigma, poverty and the special vulnerabilities and burdens faced by women. Included in CRS’ HIV/AIDS work is home-based care for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS; support to orphans and vulnerable children affected by AIDS; behavior change and life skills education; voluntary counseling and testing; and projects that help increase beneficiaries’ livelihoods.[8]
⦁    Peacebuilding — The agency's commitment to global solidarity led CRS to adopt peacebuilding as an agency-wide priority. Peacebuilding in this context is defined as the long-term project of building peaceful, stable communities and societies. CRS assembled a team of regional advisors and a headquarters-based technical staff to work with partners, and peacebuilding projects were started in dozens of countries. Each summer, CRS conducts training programs for its staff and overseas partners at the Mindanao Peace Institute in the Philippines and at University of Notre Dame’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. An increasing number of bishops from developing countries have attended these sessions.[9]

In the United States
The agency has also made engaging the U.S. Catholic population a priority. CRS is seeking to help Catholics more actively live their faith and build global solidarity. Program examples include:

⦁    CRS University - Provides direction and resources to connect college and university communities to the work and mission of CRS around the world, which is to promote human development and global solidarity.
⦁    CRS Rice Bowl — Established in 1977, by 2017 nearly 12 million parishioners, students and teachers participate in CRS’ Lenten program, which emphasizes prayer, fasting, learning and giving. Materials offer daily prayers, recipes for simple meals and stories that teach about life in the developing world. And the bowl itself, a symbol of both hunger and hope, is used to collect funds for those in need. Seventy-five percent of funds raised support development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America - such as airdropping and distributing food, providing access to clean water and providing non-food items such as buckets, tarps and mosquito nets;[10] the remaining 25 percent stays in the diocese for local poverty and hunger alleviation projects.[11]
⦁    Global Solidarity Partnerships — Tailored to an individual diocese or faith community, the initiative helps U.S. Catholics to connect with the poor overseas through education and awareness activities, reciprocal visits, shared faith and prayer experiences, as well as financial support for specific locally appropriate development programs.[12]
⦁    Catholic Relief Services serves as a leading member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a Washington D.C.-based coalition of over 400 major companies and NGOs that advocates for increased funding of American diplomatic and development efforts abroad.[13]

Emergency Responses:
⦁    2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
⦁    2010 Haiti earthquake
⦁    Syrian Refugees
⦁    Crisis in Central African Republic
⦁    2013 Typhoon Haiyan
⦁    2015 Nepal earthquake



Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. 1909



Formation:November 7, 1909; 109 years ago; Type: Catholic fraternal service organization Service


The Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. and Ladies Auxiliary is the largest and oldest-continually extant predominantly African-American lay Catholic organization.

The organization was founded in 1909 by Josephite Father Conrad Friedrich Rebesher, a native of Kłodawa, Poland, who served as pastor of Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish. The seven charter members were Josephite priests: Father Conrad Friedrich Rebesher, Father Samuel Joseph Kelly, Father Joseph Peter Van Baast, and Father John Henry Dorsey, and laymen: Gilbert Faustina, Francis Xavier "Frank" Collins, and Francis "Frank" Trenier.[1]

The Order is named after St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest from Spain who ministered to African slaves in Cartegena, Colombia, South America, in the 17th century. Peter Claver is said to have converted over 300,000 slaves to Catholicism. It was modelled after the Knights of Columbus.

In 1922, a Ladies Auxiliary was formed to provide the same opportunities for Catholic action to African American lay women.[1] The Auxiliary was officially recognized as a division of the Order in 1926. A program for Junior Knights existed from the Order's earliest days. The constitution of the Junior Knights Division was adopted in 1917 and the division formally recognized in 1935. The Junior Daughters division was officially recognized in 1930.

Goals of the Knights

  • To support a local pastor, parish and bishop.

  • To become active, as a group, in a Knights respective community.

  • To instill civic pride & action.

  • To engage Knights in opportunities that will allow them to demonstrate their Catholicism.

  • To allow for social interaction by creating gatherings that might foster a sense of community.

  • To provide for the awarding of scholarships.

  • To develop the character of youth.

  • To provide social and intellectual stimulation for its members[2]