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Catholic Social Action Contact:

Tony Stieritz – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant
Sr. Tracy Kemme – Issue Campaign Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Dayton Office
Pam Long – Regional Director
Joanna Nuval – – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
1436 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: (937) 224-3026
Fax: (937) 341-5036

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Catholic Relief Services

CRS is the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community.  Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates 91 countries.  Learn more


CRS Helps at Home

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls will be helping more local organizations alleviate poverty and hunger in communities across the Archdiocese as part of a pilot program initiated in the Archdiocese this year.

Rice Bowl is a Lenten faith formation program that encourages Catholics in prayer, fasting and almsgiving and adds a fourth dimension of learning about CRS’ work of helping families living around the world. Seventy-five percent of the money collected in the cardboard rice bowls is sent to Catholic Relief Services for its humanitarian work around the globe. The remaining 25 percent stays in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to be distributed to local agencies that alleviate poverty and hunger.

The Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese has initiated a pilot project for parish representatives associated with Rice Bowl and CRS to suggest organizations who work to relieve poverty and hunger in neighborhoods and communities across the Archdiocese.

Meetings held on a deanery level also give parish promoters ideas and resources to use in promoting CRS Rice Bowl.

Several deanery meetings have already occurred in St. Lawrence, St. Andrew, St. Francis, Dayton, St. Marys, Sidney and the Hamilton Deaneries, and plans are underway to reach out to parish representatives in other deaneries who promote the work and resources of Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  For more information about CRS Rice Bowl and the deanery meetings, contact Pam Long at the Catholic Social Action office (937) 224-3026 or Dave Scharfenberger (513) 421-3131, ext. 2611.

For more details on local agencies selected visit our CRS Rice Bowl Page

A Powerful Way to Serve the Poor

CRS Rice Bowl provides a powerful, tangible way for us to answer Jesus’ call to serve the world’s poor. It encourages us to pray together daily and experience Lent as a time of spiritual renewal and sacrifice for those in need.

 A Program for Families

A Program for Parishes

 A Program for Schools

A Program for Everyone