The Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson

Archdiocese of Indianapolis

1400 N. Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202-2367 317-236-1403 


Christ the Cornerstone

Love seeks the other’s good, desires closeness

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson

7 April 2022 

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, 

I pray this Lent has been a fruitful time of spiritual renewal as we approach this Holy Week of commemorating the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our readings from the Gospel take us back to a place in the Middle East where even today pilgrims can walk in Jesus' footsteps. 

The pastoral care of the Christians and the maintenance of the sacred shrines in and around Jerusalem have been the mission of the Franciscan Friars dating back centuries. Each year we are asked to support their work through the Pontifical Good Friday Collection. 

Pope Francis commends to the care of the Franciscan Friars,"...aside from the guardianship and enlivenment of shrines, [a] commitment to the service of the local ecclesiastical community. I encourage you to persevere in supporting these brothers of ours, especially the poorest and weakest; in the education of young people - who often risk losing hope in a context that is still without peace – in welcoming the elderly and the care for the sick, living out the works of mercy in a concrete way in daily life.” 

The Pontifical Good Friday Collection offers all Catholics around the world an opportunity to express their solidarity with Christians in the Holy Land. A donation to the Holy Father's annual appeal is a direct way to make a difference in the lives of those who are caught up in war, violence, and now the effects of the COVID pandemic. 


Gratefully, I encourage your generosity to this collection. 

Sincerely yours in Christ, 

+ Charles C. Thompson Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson Archbishop of Indianapolis