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Annual Report 2021



Chairman Bishop James S. Wall^, Diocese of Gallup (Chairman-elect*) Archbishop Paul D. Etienne*, Archdiocese of Seattle

Members Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, CSsR*, Archdiocese of Newark Archbishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv*^, Archdiocese of Atlanta Bishop Octavio Cisneros*^, Diocese of Brooklyn Bishop James V. Johnston Jr.*, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop W. Shawn McKnight*^, Diocese of Jefferson City Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton*^, Diocese of Steubenville Bishop David G. O’Connell* ^, Archdiocese of Los Angeles Bishop Peter L. Smith, Diocese of Portland in Oregon

*served through November 2021 ^currently serving

Staff Ms. Mary Mencarini Campbell


Chairman Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

The Administrative Committee is made up of the Conference officers, elected chairmen of standing USCCB committees, and an elected representative from each episcopal region of the United States.

The Administrative Committee operates as the governing body of the USCCB.

Staff Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill, STL* Fr. Michael J. K. Fuller† Mr. Anthony R. Picarello Jr., Esq. Ms. Theresa Ridderhoff Mr. James L. Rogers

*Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill’s tenure as USCCB General Secretary ended in July 2021. †Fr. Michael J. K. Fuller’s tenure as USCCB Interim General Secretary began in July 2021 and as USCCB General Secretary in November 2021. **The Committee on National Collections promotes The Catholic Relief Services Collection. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee distributes collected funds. Members and staff listed here reflect 2021 membership.



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A cross our planet, almost anywhere people are suf fering, in danger, or migrating far from home, they can count on help from Catholics of the United States through The Catholic Relief Services Collection. In

2021, those who fled persecutions in Afghanistan, those who work on the high seas, and those building just societies that people will no longer want to flee all received help from this annual collection of the US bishops that aims to reveal Christ’s love to those in need. Entities funded through your generosity to the collection include programs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): the De partment of Migration and Refugee Services for refugee resettlement; the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development for education and outreach efforts to share Catholic social teaching and advocacy on behalf of endangered and marginalized people worldwide; and the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church for evangelization and ministry among immigrant groups and pastoral care of migrants, refugees, and travelers in the United States. Also receiving support through the collection is the Holy Father’s Relief Fund. Last year, the USCCB was able to distribute more than $3.6 million from this collection in the name of the Catholics of the United States. Your gifts help women, men, and children, who give thanks for your generosity. You will read about a few of them in this report. None of this is abstract. Your gifts to The Catholic Relief Services Collec tion helped someone, somewhere, who was praying for somebody to reveal Christ’s love and mercy to them. Our Lord is accomplishing that work through your generosity. For more information on The Catholic Relief Services Collection, see lief-services-collection/who-we-are .

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. James S. Wall Bishop of Gallup Chairman, USCCB Committee on National Collections


The Catholic Relief Services Collection supports Catholic agencies and programs that serve the vulnerable and marginalized at home and abroad. It reveals Christ's love to victims of persecution and natural disasters, provides legal services to poor immigrants, and advocates for the powerless. All funds donated through the collection support vital Catholic programs that share in the Church's mission to promote the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the human person.

MAKING PEACE IN WAR ZONES People across the globe have long looked to the United States for assistance to end conflicts and build societies rooted in respect for human dignity. In the fall of 2021, your gifts allowed the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Devel opment to host four Catholic and Church of Christ leaders from Democratic Republic of Congo as they sought help from the United States to bring peace and democracy to their nation. They met with key members of Congress, staff from the House Foreign

Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a director from the National Security Council, and the State Department’s assistant secretary for African affairs. Contri butions to The Catholic Relief Services Collection allowed these African representatives to explain firsthand the concerns of ordinary people and to urge policies that promote the common good. HELPING AFGHANS MAKE A NEW HOME In 2021, the USCCB Department of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) set up eight centers to welcome and assist more than 70,000 Afghan refugees who fled for their lives after their nation fell to the Taliban. Many had worked with the US military or humanitarian agen cies or were involved in education and other pursuits that the Taliban deemed dangerous. As they arrived in this country, MRS, in collaboration with local Catholic Charities and diocesan leaders, provided medical care, educational and legal support, and other assistance to help them start new lives in American communities. By supporting policy initiatives on behalf of refugees and immigrants, personnel costs of MRS staff, and program costs associated with outreach like the Afghan refugee resettlement program, funding from The Catholic Relief Services Collection helps make MRS a leader in addressing the needs of vulnerable migrants. PASTORAL CARE AND VACCINATIONS FOR SEAFARERS Along the Gulf Coast, seafarers of all nationalities receive pastoral care and other assistance through Stella Maris. For more than 100 years, this apostolate’s missionaries have brought the Gospel and sacraments aboard ships, offering Mass, confessions, and gifts of Bibles, rosaries, and basic care packages. Stella Maris is one of the ministries of the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees, and Travelers program of the USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church that is supported by contributions to The Catholic Relief Services Collection. In 2021 Stella Maris also organized free vaccinations for COVID-19. Its outreach workers vacci nated 268 sailors from at least 22 nations on 30 ships, plus another 1,200 seafarers through its mobile ministry center, in collaboration with local public health agencies and a Baptist min istry. One ship captain told the Stella Maris missionaries, “You not only provide items that all require and have trouble obtaining due to the pandemic, you remind these guys that someone is thinking about them.”



Statement of Revenue, Expenses, and Other Changes in Net Assets for the Year Ending December 31, 2021.


National Collections Contributions: Grants, Bequests, and Other:


$50,142 $965,268

Income on Investments:

Total Revenues:



• Allocations-Internal Grants* • Grants and Donations**

$2,649,410 $1,000,000

67.77% 25.58% 5.31% 1.34%

• Promotion and Fundraising Expenses $207,727

• Program Costs





TOTAL EXPENSES, EXCLUDING INTERNAL GRANTS: $1,260,254 TOTAL GRANTS AND DONATIONS, INCLUDING INTERNAL GRANTS: $3,649,410 Changes in Net Assets from Operations: $8,147,475 Non-Operating Activities Unrealized (Loss) Gain on Investments: $303,752 Changes in Net Assets: $8,451,227 Net Assets at the Beginning of the Year: $5,429,637 Net Assets at the End of the Year: $13,880,864 *Internal grants include distributions fromThe Catholic Relief Services Collection for USCCB programs for migration and refugee services, education and outreach on Catholic social teaching, international peacebuilding efforts, and pastoral ministries to ethnic groups and people on the move.

**Grants and donations in 2021 totaled $3,649,410 and included payments to grants approved in 2021 and in prior years.

There is a gap between the 2021 revenue and expenses because USCCB did not make grant payments based on actual receipts of the 2021 collection. There was a shortfall of $8.9 million between donations to The Catholic Relief Services Collection of 2020 and the grants awarded that year. Grants were made based on projected revenue that did not materialize. To right that method of granting in advance, going forward grant distributions will be made after the final audit has been completed resulting in a one-year lag. The transition to this method impacts both the year ended December 31, 2021, and the year-ending December 31, 2022.

The $3.6 million in expenses reflected in 2021 are fixed commitments, which include a payment to the Holy See.

See the complete USCCB financial report at





Amount Percentage

• USCCB Migration & Refugee Services



• Holy Father's Relief Fund



• USCCB - Justice, Peace and Human Development* $686,417


• USCCB - Cultural Diversity in the Church†




• Promotion & Education



• Administrative Expenses



Total Distributed / Spent



*USCCB Justice, Peace and Human Development includes International Justice & Peace ($545,524) and Education & Outreach ($140,893).

†USCCB Cultural Diversity in the Church includes Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees &Travelers ($397,474) and Asian & Pacific Island Affairs ($210,558).


For more information about the USCCB’s work with The Catholic Relief Services Collection and around the world, please visit or write : Office of National Collections 3211 Fourth Street NE | Washington, DC 20017 Copyright © 2022, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved. Photos: © Philip Laubner/CRS, Dinorah Lorenzana/CRS, Oscar Levia/CRS, Sedera Ramanitra/CRS, Will Baxter/CRS. If you miss the collection or wish to give outside of the collection, #iGiveCatholicTogether accepts funds online to support the good work of programs assisted by The Catholic Relief Services Collection. Thank you for your support!


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