Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has sent a thank you note to the faithful of the Diocese of Wilmington for raising $83,924 for the 2015 Rice Bowl collection.
Rice Bowl, CRS’ 41-year-old Lenten program of prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent to help provide lifesaving aid for millions of people living in poverty.
In the first 40 years, more than $250 million has been given through CRS Rice Bowl to support programs that prevent hunger and poverty around the world. Of that, $62.5 million went to programs in the U.S. through local dioceses and $187.5 million went to CRS programs overseas.
The diocese’s 2015 donation was more than $18,000 above its 2014 Rice Bowl total of $65,885.
Mary Beth Iduh, from the CRS Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, thanked Msgr. George Brubaker, diocesan director for CRS, and Louis De Angelo, secretary of the diocese’s Catholic Education Department, for helping parishes and schools deepen their faith through Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Each year, 25 percent of the money collected by Rice Bowl, stays in the diocese for local programs.
CRS also reported that the Wilmington diocese contributed $34,345 to the annual CRS collection.
Catholic Relief Services is the U.S. bishops’ agency that assists the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS works with local, national and international Catholic institutions worldwide to help people on the basis of need, not creed or nationality.
For more on Rice Bowl, go to www.crsricebowl.org.