Our
Commitment

Our
Commitment

Conclusion

This document represents the strategic framework and priorities for Catholic Relief Services over the next 5 years. We have great strengths on which to build.

Our Catholic identity, mission and guiding principles, and our commitment to integral human development lay a strong foundation from which we can guide and inspire our work. We are blessed with strong relationships and partnerships, generous donors, loyal supporters and talented staff dedicated to excellence in all aspects of fulfilling our mission.

We are confident that successful implementation of our new strategic priorities will deepen our ability to contribute to lasting, positive change in the lives of poor and vulnerable people around the world—transforming hope into harvest wherever we work.

We consider it a privilege to serve the common good and pledge to do so with uncommon excellence.

Mission Statement

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:

  • Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and
  • Serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, we work with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.

APPROVED BY THE CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2008.

Photos By:

  • Sara A. Fajardo/CRS (cover, 2, 5, 23)
  • Silverlight for CRS (inside front cover, 10, 12)
  • Karen Kasmauski for CRS (6, 19, 22, 25)
  • David Snyder/CRS (4)
  • Helen Blakesley/CRS (20)
  • Sam Tarling for CRS (26)