Rice Bowl for Lent at Mount Angel Seminary

On Friday, February 16, the Catholic Relief Services and Works of Mercy Committee at Mount Angel Abbey hosted a community soup and pasta supper. The supper gave students, faculty, families, and formators an opportunity to gather in fellowship. We also had the opportunity to hear from two alumni who are also CRS Global Fellows, Fr. Chad Hill ’22 (Seattle) and Fr. Michael Shrum ’08, OSB. Fr. Chad and Fr. Michael shared about their own work and experiences with CRS, which let students hear powerful testimony about the work of CRS on the ground to help our brothers and sisters overseas who are suffering from hunger, homelessness, as orphans, and other forms of material and spiritual suffering and poverty. The Global Fellows especially emphasized how much CRS’s work empowers the communities they work with through agricultural and occupational training and through solutions that will serve a community over the long term, like digging wells and efficient irrigation methods. One of the most powerful moments was when Fr. Michael recounted his conversation with a bishop in Haiti who said, “When you work with CRS, you are working directly with me.” The dinner was a great success with over 60 participants and was the official start to Mount Angel Seminary’s CRS Rice Bowl collection during Lent.

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