Ashes to Easter



Ashes to Easter is an annual Lenten mission project that affirms and encourages local missionary groups and other mission activities of the Diocese of Austin. This mission collection was spearheaded by Msgr. Tom Frank in the 1980s, and began as a parish project supporting works of charity and missions. Ashes to Easter became an annual diocesan project in 1991. By 1992, this mission project of placing alms into small coin boxes became a project of the Diocesan Mission Advisory Council.

Each year, Catholics contribute more than $100,000 to support local missionary efforts in and outside of the Diocese of Austin.

In 2016, the Diocese of Austin supported lay mission groups working locally and around the world in:

  • Peñitas, Texas
  • Diocese of Yoro, Honduras
  • Phnom Penh, Combodia
  • Rio Dulce, Honduras
  • Quetzaltenango-Totonicapan, Guatemala
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Among others areas


The funds collected from the Ashes to Easter are used to provide grants to groups and organizations to aid in their mission efforts. Groups and organizations must complete an application to receive funds. We are still accepting applications. To apply for Ashes to Easter funds, applicants must submit a cover letter request, a narrative proposal based on the outline indicated in the application, and an endorsement letter dated for the current year by the local bishop who provides endorsement of the mission work.

2018 Applications will be made in the spring of 2018. 

Please contact the Missions Office at or at (512) 949-2407 for more information.