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 2018 our Lenten theme is, Let us go together, which comes from Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s 1885 book New and Complete Manual of Māori Conversation. We are personally called to go on a journey – with each other and with God. In the course of the journey we are changed and we change the world around us.
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 emergencies, including famine and drought in East Africa, ongoing affects of El Niño in Papua New Guinea Highlands, Kaikōura earthquake response, and development programmes across the Pacific.
Donations also helped us to work with communities to help them flourish, 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.