MISEREOR Lenten Campaign 2019

The MISEREOR Lenten Campaign 2019

Make something out of it – Be the future!

In the run-up to the Synod on Youth, Pope Francis gave young people the following words of encouragement: 'A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity. […] The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism.'  Back in 2007, with its 'option for youth' the General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean in Aparecida invoked the Church to adopt an attitude of embracing young people and calling on them to act.
Through the Lenten Campaign 2019 we'll be getting to know 22-year-old Ana Colocho, who can be seen on the campaign poster and who is standing up for a more just society and peaceful coexistence. She and other young people are the focus of this Lenten Campaign. In El Salvador young people make up the majority of the population, yet at the same time are especially vulnerable. They are often neglected, marginalised, and have no prospects in their lives. It is as if society has thrown them away. Yet they are the present, and the future! Their potential is important for building a more peaceful and caring society! This is true in El Salvador, and it is true in Germany.

'Make something out of it – Be the future!' – With this slogan we'll be inviting you, your parishes, communities, schools, institutions and associations, to do something about all this and get actively involved in networks.

'Make something out of it – Be the future!'  -– Profit from the courage and the challenges of our partners and young people, recognise their potential and yours, and support MISEREOR's work as we stand shoulder to shoulder with people like Ana, Juan, Carmen, Marcela and many more.

My sincere thanks for your commitment, your solidarity and your support.

Pirmin Spiegel / Director General, MISEREOR

The MISEREOR Lenten Veil 2019/2020 by Uwe Appold: 'Where are you?'

God's question challenges us: Where do you stand, and what will you stand up for? Who are you? Asking us where we are now. And what new direction we might take. A question aimed at the core of every human being's responsibility.
Uwe Appold (Flensburg) has worked with earth from Jerusalem, which supports the golden ring and the 'common home' with the open door. At the centre stands God's assurance that His love will bring particularly the excluded inside, into the middle. 
In parishes, school and groups the Lenten Veil will open up a space for creativity and a dialogue to get positive solutions for our 'common home' under way, and fetch all the excluded from the margins to the centre.

Articles on the Fundamentals of the Lenten Campaign

Fundamentals of the Lenten Campaign 2017




Fundamentals of the Lenten Campaign 2016


Our common home – Our responsibility


Fundamentals of the Lenten Campaign 2015


During the Lenten Campaign 2015 MISEREOR will be inviting people to change course. Climate change, which is partly caused by human beings, requires us to think anew, so that globally just, peaceful and sustainable action can ensue. Causes and impacts of climate change are presented and discussed, taking the lives of poor fishing families along the coast of the Philippines as an example.


Fundamentals of the Lenten Campaign 2014


How do we wish to live, and how will we live?
Setting an agenda for a world without hunger


Fundamentals of the Lenten Campaign 2013


What is hunger?
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), people are said to be suffering from chronic hunger when their food intake regularly provides less than the minimum energy needed for a healthy body and an active life.


Educational and other activities during Lent

Learning and getting actively involved together, collecting ideas and donations. For more information on this in German, click here

Guests from El Salvador

Starting on Ash Wednesday, we will be welcoming bishops and MISEREOR partners from El Salvador. Click here for more information (in German) about the individual guests