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 closed in November. (The site manager apologizes for his tardiness in noting this fact.) The application forms have been removed for their annual checkup. This year's versions will be avaialbe on or about September 1, 2015.
The MEFV board of directors will meet soon to determine the funds to be make available for the 2015 grant awards. The situation is more difficult this year than twelve months ago (more applicants, less income in 2014). Your prayers for the board as they prepare to make their decision are most welcome.
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