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  Diocese of Joliet Special Collection for the Church in Latin America

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Soon our diocese will take up the national Collection for the Church in Latin America. Last year, when Pope Francis opened registrations for World Youth Day in Panama, he said, “WYD is for the courageous! Not for young people who are searching only for comfort and who withdraw whenever difficulties arise. Do you accept the challenge?” (Message for the Thirty-Third World Youth Day, February 11, 2018). Pope Francis echoed Jesus’ call for young people to encounter one another and to experience the beauty of the Church. Young people are the future of our Church. We have a responsibility to support them as they grow in faith.

You have helped young people accept the challenge to grow in faith by your ongoing support for the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Your generosity is helping the young people of the Archdiocese of Panama build relationships with one another, with their peers throughout Latin America, and with the rest of the world as they prepare for World Youth Day 2019. This is a tremendous event in the life of the Church, and these young people are now experiencing it to the fullest! You have given them the opportunity to grow as leaders and to develop missionary hearts.

This collection may be taken up by Diocese of Joliet parishes during the weekends of January 20-21 or January 26-27, 2019. Please be generous in this collection. Take this opportunity to share your faith with young people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Your support will truly make a difference. Thank you and God bless you.

Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon
Bishop of Joliet

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo tells how donations to the
Collection for the Church in Latin America
helped one parish in El Salvador. This is
one example of many! Continue to make a difference. 

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