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CRS Rice Bowl Program Kicks-off with Lent, Aids Local and Global Community

Diocese of Green Bay LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (February 16, 2017) -- This Lent marks the 42nd anniversary of CRS Rice Bowl, the largest and longest-running Lenten program in the United States. Known for its characteristic "rice bowl," millions of Catholics have used this initiative to respond to the struggles of people around the world who cannot meet their basic needs. Through 42 years of Lenten prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, Catholics have contributed $250 million to change lives in impoverished and vulnerable communities.

"Through the generous donations of people in the Diocese of Green Bay to CRS Rice Bowl, lives of the poor are being changed locally and throughout the world," said Eric Weydt, diocesan Catholic Social Justice Coordinator. "I think Pope Francis said it best when he remarked, 'In imitation of our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it.'"

One-quarter of Donations Go for Local Grants

Seventy-five percent of the CRS Rice Bowl donations go toward supporting programs in 93 countries overseas, while twenty-five percent remain in the diocese where they were given and are distributed through local grants. Religious (Catholic and non-Catholic) and secular organizations based in counties within the Diocese of Green Bay are encouraged to apply for these grants. CRS Rice Bowl funds projects that benefit immigrant or refugee populations in northeastern Wisconsin who are struggling to meet their basic material needs (such as food, shelter, healthcare, literacy and counseling services).

The program has expanded over the years to provide individuals, families, educators, and churches with Lenten resources and activities in English and Spanish for all ages. Through their website, active social media channels, and phone app, they provide free downloads, printable activities, engaging videos, lesson plans, reflections, recipes and more, to encourage deeper prayer and greater learning about our brothers and sisters around the world. To donate and to learn more about CRS Rice Bowl visit or download the app from the iTunes or Google Play stores.

Applying for CRS Rice Bowl Grants

Applications for CRS Rice Bowl grants will be accepted from March 1 to April 14, 2017. Grant criteria and application forms are available for download. You may also receive a hard copy by contacting Eric Weydt, Catholic Social Justice Coordinator, in the Department of Living Justice at (920) 272-8344 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To view last year's CRS Rice Bowl grant award winners, please view our August 11, 2016, press release.

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Who We Are

As friends and followers of Jesus, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. Established in 1868, the diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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