Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso
The Catholic Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation established in 2001 committed to growing philanthropy in the Diocese of El Paso. The Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Fr. Fabian Marquez, needs your support to bring young people one step closer on their journey to traveling to Lisbon, Portugal for World Youth Day!

Causes: Children and Youth, Education, Religion

The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso supports the Diocese of El Paso through your gifts of prayer, service and giving. Together we can make a lasting impact on our parishes, schools, ministries and charities.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support the Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Rev. Fabian Marquez, Youth & Young Adult Liaison, in sending over 80 youth and young adults to experience World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal! Help make Father Fabian’s dreams come true!

Give during the Brown Bag Power Hour (12 - 1 PM) on October 20 and the Catholic Foundation could win big. The three organizations (small, medium, large) that receive the MOST online unique verified donations during the designated time will win $1,000 each. The hour is sponsored by RAIZ Federal Credit Union.

The opportunity for the young people in the Diocese of El Paso to attend and experience World Youth Day 2023 is life changing. In his message on WYD 2023, Pope Francis wrote “Dear young people, it is my dream that at World Youth Day you will be able to experience anew the joy of encountering God and our brothers and sisters. After a long period of social distancing and isolation, we will all rediscover in Lisbon – with God’s help – the joy of a fraternal embrace between peoples and generations, an embrace of reconciliation and peace, an embrace of new missionary fraternity! May the Holy Spirit kindle in your hearts a desire to “arise” and the joy of journeying together, in synodal fashion, leaving behind all false frontiers. Now is the time to arise! Like Mary, let us “arise and go in haste”.

So many of the youth and young adults that have signed up to attend WYD 2023 need your help! The cost is beyond the budgets of many families and they must fundraise to ensure they can go.

World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth world. It was started by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in 1986 and has been a tradition since. It is typically celebrated every three years and each of these celebrations takes place in a different country.

Please support and help send our youth and young adults to experience this once in a lifetime journey!