en espanol Mass Times Employment St. John Center About Contact


Administration and Personnel

Adoption Services

Alcohol and Drug Ministry

Arkansas Catholic

Building Commission

Campus Ministry

Calvary Cemetery



Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Charities

Catholic Schools Office

Chancery Office

Christopher Homes

Continuing Education for Clergy



Diocesan Officials

Divine Worship

Ecumenical Office

Family Life

Faith Formation

Finance Office

Hispanic Ministry

Immigration-Little Rock


Information Systems

Little Rock Scripture Study

Office of the Bishop

Parish Social Ministry

Prison Ministry

Project Rachel

Propagation of Faith

Refugee Resettlement

Resource Library

Respect Life

Social Action

St. John Center

Stewardship and Development

Diocesan Tribunal

Westside Free Clinic


Youth Ministry

About Us

Ad Limina Visit


Arkansas Mass Times

Audio Library

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor

Bulletin Resources

Calendar of Events

Calix Society

Campus Ministries

Catholic Resources

Charismatic Liaisons


Clergy Boards

Clergy and Seminarian Directory

Coat of Arms

College of Consultors

Confession Times

Day Care Centers


Deanery Officials

Diaconate Directory

Diocesan Boards

Diocesan Staff Directory

Directions to Our Offices

Disaster Response


Employment Opportunities

Emergency Assistance

Eucharistic Adoration

Engaged Couples Ask

Facebook Page

Fast Facts

Former Bishops

Getting Married Guide


Hospitals and Health Centers

How to Become Catholic

House of Formation

Korean Ministry

Lent Resources

Legislative Watch

Marriage Preparation

Marriage and Family

Mass and March for Life

Minister to Priests

Minister for Religious

MOMMS Prayer Watch

Morris Hall Chapel

Natural Family Planning



Open Your Hearts

Papal Transition


Pastoral Letter 2008

Pastoral Planning Process

Pray With Us

Priesthood Q&A

Protect Religious Liberty

Public Associations

Prison Ministries

Religious Directory

Religious Order News

Retirement Centers

Retreat Centers

Report Abuse of Minors

Roman Missal Q&A

Sacramental Records

Safe Environment Resources

Schools By the Numbers

School of Spiritual Direction


Seminarian Fund

Senior Ministry

Special Collections

Social Services

Stations of the Cross

Submit a Calendar Event

Submit a Job Listing

Submit a Prayer Request

Theology Institute

Vietnamese Ministries

Virtus Training

Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome Home

Year of Faith

YouTube Channel

Catholic Charities of Arkansas

Catholic Relief Services News

Catholic Charities of Arkansas

Catholic Relief Services

Provides information and fundraising support for CRS, the USCCB's
overseas relief and development agency

Contact Us

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. CRS works to ease human suffering and promote justice around the world. In the United States, CRS educates Catholics about global solidarity.

The Diocese of Little Rock CRS office helps raise awareness of the work of CRS and provides them with fundraising support. Our diocese currently is most involved in CRS Rice Bowl, which takes place each Lent. Seventy-five percent of money collected through this program is sent to CRS to help support their work. The other 25 percent remains in the diocese to help fund Catholic Charities of Arkansas' Emergency Assistance program.

Worldwide, CRS works in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Most of the poorest people in the world are low-income farmers, and so a major focus of CRS is agricultural assistance. Other areas of focus are improving community health, promoting greater access to good education, providing an emergency response during natural disasters and humanitarian crises, care for people with HIV/AIDS and peace building.

People are still rebuilding after the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013. Recovery is expected to take three to five years. Our diocese collected $197,000 for CRS to assist their relief efforts. Initially, CRS pledged $20 million in aid, but was able to actually deliver $50 million.

In February, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor received a thank you letter, on behalf of our diocese, from Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services. He asked Bishop Taylor to share this video (left) in gratitude for the generosity of so many. Bishop Taylor added: "I thank you for your loving and caring hearts. And may God bless you always."

CRS has several programs available for youth to learn more about global issues such as hunger, economic equality and peace building. CRS also has a great website and most of their educational materials can be downloaded or ordered free of charge. Learn more

Outreach Programs
  • CRS Rice Bowl — CRS Rice Bowl is a Lenten program that seeks to educate participants on issues faced by the poor in the developing world and to raise funds for CRS' overseas development projects. For more information, go to CRS Rice Bowl.
  • Fair Trade — The Fair Trade program ensures that small-scale artisans and farmers overseas earn a fair price for their work. For more information, go to CRS Fair Trade.
  • Food Fast — Targeted for grades 8-12, Food Fast educates youth on Catholic Social teaching and the reality of severe inequalities in resource allocation. For more information, go to CRS Food Fast.
  • CRS Collection — This national collection is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent and raises funds for Catholic Relief Services. For more information, go to the Special Collections.