Catholic Charities USA is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies and affilates nationwide. As a professional association and social justice movement, Catholic Charities USA supports local Catholic Charities as they provide help and create hope for over 9 million people each year, regardless of religious, social, or economic background.
Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, we have expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents.
Diocese of Yakima
Catholicism first came to Central Washington in 1847. On April 3, 1852, Father Louis Joseph D'herbonez and Father Charles M. Pandosy founded a mission on Ahtanum Creek in what would become known as the Yakima Valley. They called the mission Saint Joseph. The Diocese of Yakima was created June 23, 1951, by Pope Pius XII and was formed from the territory of the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Diocese of Spokane. Today, the Diocese of Yakima servces 41 parishes in 7 counties.
The WSCC sponsors the Catholic Advocacy Network to enable participants to become informed about legislative issues in light of Catholic social teaching, and to become engaged in the political process. Our new website advocacy tool will make it easier to contact your public officials and to keep you up-to-date on important issues facing the Washington State Legislature and the U.S. Congress.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good, which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.