The annual Lent Appeal is run on behalf of New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops. It is our most important appeal of the year, providing almost half of our public donations.
In 2016 our Lenten theme is, Hear the cry of the earth and the poor, taken from Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' which asks us to protect the planet and its people.
Last year, your support of the Bishops’ Lent Appeal meant that more than $1 million was raised from parishes across the country. This enabled Caritas to respond immediately to disasters, including the earthquakes in Nepal, the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and the refugee crisis in the Middle East.
Donations also helped us to with with communities to meet their basic survival needs, and helped us to speak out for justice, to influence attitudes and create change.
Together, we can once again reach $1 million, funds that have the capacity to transform the lives of communities around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand.