In Fall 2014, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) jointly offered four small grants of up to $2,500 to ACCU member institutions to facilitate creative projects that advance Catholic mission through global solidarity. The projects are being carried out now, in Spring 2015.
We received strong proposals for outstanding projects from 21 of ACCU's member institutions. Congratulations to the grant winners:
An unaccompanied minor undertakes a harrowing journey, all alone, to try to get to the United States. Some are successful, others are not. Whether these children are successful or not in their endeavor, it is a long journey. In order to flee the violence in their own countries, these children will face life-threatening situations along the way.
On February 17th, CRS information technology experts Steve Hellen and Marianna Hensley led a webcast with students as part of the CRS University Faculty Learning Commons. The following are some excerpts from the conversation; you can view the webcast in full at: catholicreliefservices.adobeconnect.com/p2flv0odgll/
Besides tweeting about it (using #4Lent4Life, of course), Catholic Relief Services offers a number of ways you can live your faith, deepen your prayer, and more intentionally connect to the Catholic mission of solidarity with people around the world during the season of Lent. And, you can engage others on your campus to do the same!
Pope Francis reminds us that “Whoever uses and exploits the person, even indirectly, makes himself an accomplice of this abuse [trafficking].* How can we understand better the ways that human flesh is sold for profit in our global economy? What actions can we take for justice?
On the occasion of the February 8 International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, the CRS University team would like to offer the resources below for learning and reflection. Let our prayer be to overcome our indifference.