A donation to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal encourages individuals, parishes, and the larger community to answer God’s call to love and care for one another through Justice & Peace Ministries of the Office of Life, Dignity & Justice. All communities, such as veterans, immigrants, and those with HIV/AIDS, are supported by the work of Justice and Peace Ministries, working to serve all through education and action rooted in the Gospel.

“Starve Wars was a realization of our family goal to do service as a family. We were able to plug ourselves in, be a cog in the machine, and help churn out meals to help others.” – Mark Faas

Living Our Faith: Service as a Family
The Faas Family, St James the Apostle | Justice & Peace Ministries

Mark and Jenn Faas; Delaney (14), Logan (11), Kerrigan (8), Patrick (4), Charlie (1)
Mark and Jenn Faas; Delaney (14), Logan (11), Kerrigan (8), Patrick (4), Charlie (1)

For Mark and Jenn Faas, parishioners at St. James the Apostle in McDonough, teaching their children the importance of helping others is a vital part of living their Catholic faith. Through their participation in Starve Wars at the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Eucharistic Congress, sponsored by Justice & Peace Ministries and Catholic Relief Services, Mark, Jenn, and their five children ages 1 to 14, were able to pack meals together. While scooping rice, sealing bags, dancing, and wearing hair nets, the Faas family joined approximately 500 others from more than 50 parishes across the archdiocese in completing and packing 100,000 meals to be sent to Burkina Faso in West Africa.

“To be able to bring a packet home and cook one up for the family, really brought everything we did that morning to life. As a mom, it hits home. This is all they’re eating. It’s very humbling.” – Jenn Faas


“It’s a fun way to do something to help others. People can die of starvation. You could save people’s lives.” – Logan Faas, 11


“If one package is a meal for six people, it didn’t seem like a lot of food.” – Delaney Faas, 14

A donation to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal supports the Eucharistic Congress and the work of Justice & Peace Ministries through programs like Starve Wars.