The Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations is privileged to assist men and women to follow God's call to service in the Church through a life of consecration. We operate the St. Joseph Student Debt Relief Grant Program for religious life. The grants issued through this program eliminate the delay many young people encounter as they struggle to pay off their student debts before they can enter religious life. A grant pays a person's student loan payments while they are in formation for religious life.
The open application period for the 2015 awards is now open. The application forms are available on this website. To be eligible for the 2015 awards, you must submit your application no later than November 15, 2014. Awards will be announced on or about March 15, 2015.
We are helping over 100 men and women follow their vocations (and have helped more than 50 to try their vocations). Each year we must raise the money necessary to make their student loan payments. These men and women pray each day for you, for the Church and for the world as they work to become priests, monks and brothers, and nuns and sisters.
You can read about some of these men and women on our vocation stories page.
That was the good news. The truly awful news is that we have had to turn away 98 young people who wanted to offer their lives to Christ, but could not because of their student debt! Will the Church lose these vocations?
Please help us help them by making a tax-deductible contribution.
» On May 27th, Br. Kevin Mann became the first MEFV grant recipient to be ordained to the Holy Priesthood. Fr. Kevin was ordained by His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago. Fr. Kevin is a member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.
» On June 14th, Daniel Heenan and Zachary Akers of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) where ordained priests by Bishop James D. Conley. Their ordination took place at the beautiful parish church of St. John the Apostle in Leesburg, Virginia