- Archdiocese of Cincinnatti - Diocese of in Ghana
Diocesan and Parish Solidarity
SOLIDARITY PARTNERSHIPS: GUIDANCE & MODELS
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:
- 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.
- 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
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