Human Dignity and Solidarity

CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl is an annual Lenten program created for parishes, schools, and families to engage in global solidarity, raising funds for CRS' international work, but more importantly, building bonds with, learning about and praying for people all over the world. CRS Rice Bowl is so much more than a simple tool for almsgiving — it is a way to connect with the worldwide Church.

Each year, CRS highlights stories from five different countries – in 2017, we will learn more about Iraq, Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, Haiti, and Malawi. During each week of Lent, we have the opportunity to hear stories from families in each country, enjoy delicious meatless recipes, and pray for our brothers and sisters as we reflect on our own daily choices.

Read Cardinal Cupich’s invitation to participate in CRS Rice Bowl this Lent
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The CRS Rice Bowl site is full of wonderful resources to prepare for a prayerful and engaging Lenten season. Click here to visit the CRS Rice Bowl site, or use the quick links below for more resources:

  • 2018 Lenten Reflections (Link)
  • 2018 Countries – “Stories of Hope” (Link)
  • Lenten Meatless Recipes (Link)
  • Download the free CRS Rice Bowl App (Link)

Not currently a CRS Rice Bowl parish or school? Click here to participate in Rice bowl during Lent 2018.

At the conclusion of Lent, parishes and schools should send their Rice Bowl contributions to:
Catholic Relief Services
Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity
3525 South Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Chicago-area parishes and organizations receive 25% of the donations from CRS Rice Bowl. These funds alleviate poverty in our local communities. Imago Dei, one of our local Rice Bowl grantees, is featured as one of CRS’ Stories of Hope. (Link)