Presiding Bishop Invites Church-Wide Observance of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 10

1f59435f077581aadc14e63234799c8aPresiding Bishop Invites Church-Wide Observance of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 10

Press Release

February 13, 2019

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, invites all Episcopalians to join together in observance of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 10, 2019.

“As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus this Lent, we know that living out God’s love for the world is our ultimate goal,” said Presiding Bishop Curry. “I invite all congregations to devote a Sunday in Lent to reflect on the life-giving work of Episcopal Relief & Development and to demonstrate God’s love by giving meaningfully to this vital ministry.” 

At the 2009 General Convention, Lent was officially designated as a time for dioceses, congregations, and individuals to remember and support the life-saving work of Episcopal Relief & Development. Although the first Sunday in Lent is the official day of observance, churches may hold a special service on any Sunday. For additional information and to download a planning guide, visit

This year, Episcopal Relief & Development celebrates 15 years of Lenten Meditations with inspiring selections from previous years. These booklets and other resources including hope chests, pew envelopes, bulletin inserts and special prayers are available at Supporters are encouraged to sign up for daily email meditations in English and Spanish.

To have printed copies of the Lenten Meditations in English or Spanish by Ash Wednesday, March 6, Forward Movement must receive orders by Tuesday, February 19. Orders may be placed by visiting or calling 1.800.543.1813.

“There is no greater support for the work of Episcopal Relief & Development than when faithful people remember our partners, program participants and staff in their prayers,” said Rob Radtke, President & CEO, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We are thankful for all the congregations and individuals who choose to join us in observing Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday this March 10.”

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.