Lenten message from Archbishop Durocher

Drear friends,

This Lent we are being asked to sow seeds of solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Global South. This doesn’t mean just sharing our material goods with the poorest of the poor, it also means sowing seeds of faith and love within ourselves. Lent is a time to take a look inside ourselves and reflect on our relationships with God and each other. This reflection can be deepened by spending time in prayer and fasting, both of which assist us in sowing seeds of love and change.

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is continuing to lead the “One Human Family, Food for All” campaign across Canada as part of the Caritas Internationalis global campaign launched by the Holy Father. This campaign is a response to the fact that one out of every nine of God’s children still suffer from hunger – close to one billion people on our planet.

With other members of Caritas Internationalis around the world, Development and Peace continues to be at the side of hungry people around the world. From the incredibly rapid and generous response by Canadians across the country to the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, to the long-term support for development projects that assist communities around the world in seeking justice, Development and Peace offers a way to act on our faith by sharing the abundance of God’s Creation with all of the members of our human family.

Thanks to your generosity, Development and Peace supports more than 100 partners in over 30 countries in the Global South who are working to improve their communities. Money raised through Share Lent also helps to educate Canadians on the root causes of poverty and injustice and to mobilize them for actions of change.

I join with Development and Peace in inviting you to sow seeds of love and change in the lives of our sisters and brothers in the Global South by giving generously to the Share Lent campaign.

Sincerely in Our Lord,

† Paul-André Durocher
Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops