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at aiding children in mission countries. The

Society of St. Peter the Apostle

directs its funding efforts toward support of seminaries and seminarians in

mission lands. The fourth society, the

Missionary Union of Priests and


, is not a fund-raising group but focuses on the spiritual aspect,

what is often called

mission animation

. It seeks to educate and inspire priests,

men and women religious, pastoral leaders and religious educators so that

they may better animate others to share their faith, supporting the church’s

missionary work and perhaps even becoming missionaries themselves.

All four societies have their U.S. national offices in New York. They share

a single national director, Fr. Andrew Small, O.M.I. The phone number is

212-563-8700. The Web site is .

Other National Organizations

Catholic Charities USA

Founded in 1910 as the National Conference of Catholic Charities, Catholic

Charities USA is a network of more than 1,700 Catholic Charities agencies

and other member institutions nationwide, many of them sponsored by local

dioceses, that assist more than 7.8 million people of all faiths every year. Taken

together, those agencies and institutions form the largest private-sector non-

profit provider of charitable and social services in the United States.

Catholic Charities USA provides leadership and support to enhance the

work of the local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families

and empower communities. It also serves as a national voice for the Catholic

Charities agencies and their clients, promoting their work, articulating the

Catholic values underlying their commitment to those in need, and advocat-

ing federal legislation and policies that will better meet the needs of the poor

and vulnerable.

Since 1990 Catholic Charities USA has also had a Disaster Response Office

to bring national relief to people suffering losses from hurricanes, tornadoes,

floods or other disasters. Channeling funds through local Catholic Charities

partners, this aid ranges from immediate assistance like food, shelter and cri-

sis counseling to intermediate and long-term assistance to restore and rebuild

communities and families over months and years following the disaster.

Catholic Charities USA has headquarters in Alexandria, Va. Its new president,

Sister Donna Markham, started June 1, 2015. The phone number of the man-

ager of media relations, Shelley Borysiewicz, is 703-236-6218. The Web site is .