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 and the St. John Vianney Student Debt Relief Grant Program for the parish priesthood. These grants 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 candidates' student loan payments while they are in formation for either religious life or the priesthood.
MEFV 9243 Old Green Mountain Road Esmont, VA 22937Our phone number and email addresses remain unchanged.
From the 34 applications received for our 2013 grant awards we were able to issue 23 grants.
To make those grants possible, we committed to raising an additional $55,000 each year beyond our current commitment to our existing grant recipients! We trust that our faithful and generous donors will continue to support this very important work. And we trust that our Lord will help us find many new generous donors to assist them.
The following vocations were made possible:
The MEFV Board of Directors has determined that all future applicants mush have some connection with the United States or Canada. The ruling is summarized in our FAQ.
The open application period for the 2013 awards closed on November 15th 2012. We have removed the application forms for their annual checkup and will make them available again in the summer of 2013. The next application open period will begin on September 15, 2013. Click here to view more information about out grantmaking schedule.
We are helping 101 men and women follow their vocations (and have helped another 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.
» In April, Dominican Nun Sr. Mary Joseph of the Monastery of Mt. Thabor in Ortonville, MI made her final profession of vows.
» On Mother's Day (May 13th) Dominican Nun Sr. Mary Isabel of the Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park, CA made her first profession of vows.
» On July 25th, Dominican Sister Sr. Marianna of the St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, TN made her final profession of vows.
Watch our video,
which portrays the joy
of our grant recipients
and the great need that remains
to help more vocations come to fruition.