For 800 years, the Holy Land Franciscans have served in the land made holy by the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. With your support, the Holy Land Franciscans will continue to nourish Christians in the Holy Land with presence, care and service.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Each year, the Holy Father asks each Catholic parish around the world to take up a Good Friday Collection to keep Christians in the Holy Land. The Collection supports the work of the Franciscans in the sacred shrines and allows them to receive pilgrims, minister to the parishes, provide formation and education in the communities and schools, and care for the basic needs of the people in the Holy Land. During such a difficult season, your support is essential to their ministry.
Once again, we ask for your prayers, generosity, and encouragement for the Holy Father’s Good Friday Collection on Friday, April 2. We hope that, soon, travel to the Holy Land may resume safely and pilgrims once again will be able to experience walking in the footsteps of Christ and Our Blessed Mother. In the meantime, our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land are counting on you for help.
With your help, the Franciscans can continue to be a light of hope to those living in darkness in the Holy Land, either by donating on Good Friday, or giving online.
May Christ continue to bless you abundantly in all the holy work that you do.
Paz y bien,
Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks
Bishop of Joliet
Funds received for the Pontifical Good Friday Collection in the Diocese of Joliet will be disbursed to the Franciscan Monastery, Regional Commissariat of the Holy Land.