Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Our hearts, minds and prayers are also especially aware of the Holy Land in Salvation history.
As a pontifical collection requested by Pope Benedict XVI, the annual Good Friday collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the Holy Places. You are supporting Christians in the Holy Land.
Franciscans and others in the Holy Land are housing and feeding the poor, providing formation and education, maintaining shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry.
The Holy Land Franciscans have been entrusted with care, presence and service of the Holy Places. Today, keeping Christianity alive in the Holy Land and serving the people there is the urgent goal of the Church.
The Good Friday collection is the primary means of support for this work. We have the duty to restore the spiritual patrimony, which we have received from these Christians’ two millennia of fidelity to the truth of the faith. Please be generous with our contribution to this very worthy cause.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Wm. Michael Mulvey, S.T.L., D.D.
Bishop of Corpus Christi