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.

We invite you to share in the graces that flow from these vocations by making a donation to the Fund for Vocations:


2016 Application Forms Now Available

The application forms for the 2016 MEFV grant awards are now available on the forms page. If you are planning to apply, it is in your best interest register with us so that we can reach you to inform you of pending deadlines or of any changes which may happen.

Although the forms are available now, please don't send your application until after September 15th. We have increased the open period by half a month so it is easier for applicants to obtain all the information they need from their lenders. Applications must be postmarked by November 30, 2015.

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Please Help

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.


(Progress of MEFV grantees)

»   On May 27th 2014, 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.

Read Fr. Kevin's vocation story.

»   On June 14th 2014, 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

Find more vocation stories of our grant recipients.