Diocesan and Parish Solidarity

Diocesan and Parish Solidarity




There are many issues to consider when determining whether to establish a partnership between one Church entity (e.g., diocese, parish, youth group, ministry, university) in the U.S. and another in an African country. 



  • The Connecticut-based From Mission To Mission offers resources for leaders and participants in parish twinning groups.


  • The SHARE Foundationsponsors partnerships with El Salvador, but their guidance could apply to relationships with African churches.See in particular their “Sistering Partnerships with SHARE: Information and Recommended Steps for Discerning Groups." 







  • Sample diocesan partnerships include:
      - Archdiocese of Cincinnatti - Diocese of in Ghana

                -    Diocese of Madison, WI- Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga, Ghana

       - Diocese of St. Cloud, MN - Diocese of Homa Bay, Kenya



  • For a list of CRS-facilitated diocesan solidarity relationships, or for more information on how to get involved in one, please visit Catholic Relief Services' site on Global Solidarity Partnerships.



  • The USCCB also offers general guidance for parishes interested in supporting their brothers and sisters in Africa. 
  • The Diocese of St Cloud, Minnesota offers a brief guide on what is involved in establishing sister parish relationships:
  • CRS provides several publications that can help you as you brainstorm potential solidarity partnerships. 
  • Parish reflection questionsgrew out of a Milwaukee workshop held by Julie Lupien, Executive Director of “From Mission to Mission”:
  • Sister Parish, Inc., provides additional reflections on connecting parishes across geographic and cultural lines.
  • Please see the following links with other helpful partnership sites affiliated with Catholic Relief Services.


  • The Called to Witness Program sponsored by Catholic Relief Services and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry provides short-term mission opportunities leading to the establishment of partnerships and exchanges between youth and youth ministers in the U.S.Nigeria.

  • Secondary school teachers, administrators, and campus ministers can participate in global partnerships through CRS’s Frontiers of Justiceprogram.

Catholic Task Force for Africa, Together with Africa: Celebrating Hope

Edited Fr. Rocco Puopolo  s.x.  (director@afjn.org)

George Ngolwe  (gngolwe@omiusa.org),