Making a Donation
In 1982, while visiting missionaries in certain
countries of the Third World, the late Bishop Omer Robidoux (a
wonderful missionary who devoted 48 years of his life to the cause of
the less fortunate) was shocked by the deplorable conditions that the
poor in those countries were subjected to.
He saw the deep love of heroic missionaries, doing
all they could to alleviate the suffering of what appeared to him as an
ocean of misery and grief. But the resources available to those courageous men
and women were so minimal, that little could be
done to remedy the situation. It was then and there that he decided to
do everything in his power to shoulder them in their God-given mission
of providing the relief and the ray of hope that the destitute were
yearning for. And so he founded The
Call of the Poor to sensitize people to the plight of the needy,
regardless of their race or religious belief, and to raise funds for their
Since that beautiful moment when Bishop Robidoux
founded The Call of the Poor, a few missionaries began to solicit his
support. In the years that followed, hundreds more (dedicated men and
women) joined their rank. From the very beginning, a system was
established to analyze requests and control donations.
The following is the chain of events that we still
Missionaries in Third World countries
see a real need to help the poor, or it could be that the poor
themselves approach the missionaries with a request for assistance.
Those missionaries present the request
to the authorities of their Mother House or Provincial House in
Canada, for their consideration and to see if it falls within the
guidelines of The Call of the Poor.
If the authorities approve the request,
they in turn present it to The Call of the Poor for its own
consideration. If everything is satisfactory and if The Call of the
Poor has sufficient funds, a cheque is issued. The congregation then
acknowledges receipt of the donation. The only congregations
eligible to receive funds are those that are duly registered with
the Canada Revenue Agency.
In due course, the missionaries in the
Third World provide a report to their congregation, describing how
the funds were utilized. A copy of that report is sent to The Call
of the Poor, whose records are now complete and the Canada Revenue
Agency's regulations fully respected.
As The Call of the Poor and the
congregations do not charge for their services and do not claim any
of their administrative expenses, the end result is that donations
received from compassionate benefactors are used in their entirety
for the well-being of the poor.
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