GREEN BAY, Wis. (Jun. 21, 2018) – The Catholic Foundation has awarded $5.3 million supporting Catholic ministries and causes in the areas of education, service and ministry. Through more than 130 grants, individuals and organizations are supported in inspiring our youth, forming church leaders and meeting the needs of those struggling in our communities.
The Catholic Foundation awards grants that financially support the spiritual, educational and social needs of more than 200 organizations within the 16 counties of the Diocese of Green Bay. The Catholic Foundation makes distributions from these funds:
- Grants from designated funds are awarded in education, services and ministry.
- Donor advised funds are awarded to charitable organizations based on recommendations of the donor advisors.
- Advancing the Mission grants are awarded in the areas of leadership development, evangelization and life-long catechesis.
- Lumen Christi funds are awarded to support parish religious education programs, Catholic schools and scholarships for people working in education seeking professional and academic development.
Following are examples of grants recently funded by the Catholic Foundation:
Kyrios Retreat – St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Oshkosh was awarded an $800 Catholic Foundation grant to help high school students encounter and grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. In 2017, three retreats were held and as a result, their weekly youth ministry program nearly doubled in attendance. The depth of conversion in students is evident in their prayer lives, commitment to serving others and desire to grow together as a community.
Movimiento de Cursillos Hispano de la Diocesis of Green Bay – Cursillo is an international Catholic movement for men and women. Its purpose is to bring people into a closer relationship with Jesus through a three-day retreat experience. Through continued weekly study with spiritual direction and group meetings, participants have the opportunity for leadership growth and relationship building. This $1,250 Catholic Foundation grant was used to send three people to the 65th National Cursillo in San Antonio, Texas.
Camp Tekakwitha Camperships – Camperships were designed to help kids experience Catholic summer camp on beautiful Loon Lake near Shawano. “We here at Camp believe that finances should never be a barrier between a camper experiencing camp and one who is not able to,” shared Rebecca Sievers, Camp Director. “Through our $2,000 Catholic Foundation grant, we are helping kids experience a life-changing week away at camp.”
“Through tuition assistance grants the Catholic Foundation is able to help make a Catholic school a reality for many children. We support those who are homeless or in need of a helping hand through grants that benefit the critical work of Catholic Charities and St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter in Green Bay. Catholic Foundation grants provide this support and so much more,” said Josh Diedrich, Executive Director for the Catholic Foundation. “All of this happens because of the families who want to make a difference through endowment giving. For this I am grateful.”