The Rt Rev Patrick Rooke, Bishop of Tuam and chairperson of the Bishops’ Appeal, is urging parishes to focus their harvest and advent giving towards the work of the Appeal.
In a letter to clergy he writes: “Currently, we have applications for many urgent and invaluable projects around the world but we are unable to fund them due to financial constraints.
“Some dioceses already have a specific Bishops’ Appeal project. Of course, donations received from these dioceses will be directed towards their existing link projects.
“However, if you do not have a specific link project we would urge you to prioritize contributing to our General Fund or our Syria Appeal.”
Bishop Rooke lists examples of General Fund projects as: Agricultural training and support in Ethiopia and Uganda (Christian Aid, CMS); HIV and holistic health programmes in India (Friends of Hope); trafficking prevention and aftercare in Cambodia (Tearfund); land rights for Indigenous people in Argentina (SAMS) and gender based violence education and support in Zambia (Us).
He added: “In Syria, we continue to support the work of Tearfund and Christian Aid for all those internally displaced families and for those who are refugees in Iran and Lebanon.”
Donations should be sent to Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6.
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You can download Bishop Rooke’s letter in pdf format here.