It took witnessing a fatal car accident for Sister Brandi, then an atheist, to begin asking the big questions. As she grappled with the purpose of her life, she heard a clear call to join God in religious life. Thanks to the Fund for Vocations, which took over her student loan payments, Sister Brandi (now Sister Consolata) started her journey on the path into the heart of God. Donor generosity makes this possible—for hundreds of faithful young Catholic men and women.

Raising the Next Generation of Priests and Religious

Many young men and women are called to religious life but cannot enter formation because of student loan debt. The Catholic Church needs these vocations. So does the wider world—even if it doesn’t know it. The Fund for Vocations makes grants to young men and women who have already been accepted for religious formation and whose student loans are the last barrier to entry. This is where the generous lay faithful come in.

Meet the Next Generation

Men and women. Cradle Catholics and converts. Active and contemplative. Urban and rural, north, south, east, and west. Meet some of the humble, holy, funny, and inspiring young people whose vocations the Fund for Vocations has made possible.

Fra. Terrance Jean Marie

“God’s will is more perfect than mine, His thoughts are purer than mine, His glory is more important than mine. He must increase and I must remember that I am nothing.”

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You can’t put a price on a vocation. The Fund for Vocations turns away two of every three qualified applicants due to lack of funding. The Deo Gratias Campaign 2021 will change that. Funding will allow us to accept every single qualified applicant so the Church does not lose even one vocation to the problem of student loan debt. Once our grant recipients are ordained as priests or profess final vows, the Fund pays off the remaining balance of their student loans, freeing up funding for more new vocations. Deo Gratias—thanks be to God!

Our goal: $350,000 by December 31, 2021.

Please join us in proclaiming “Thank you, God!” by making a generous donation today.

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Podcast Series

The Effect of Student Loan Debt on Vocations

Compass Catholic Ministries works on campuses across the nation to build students’ financial literacy. Their popular podcast series “Money Stories” speaks to young Catholics about the importance of good financial habits in a life ordered towards love and service for Christ. Money Stories produced a four-episode series during Summer 2020 about the Fund for Vocations. Listen to board member Anne Folan and grant recipients Sister Ignatia Henneberry and Father Brent Bowen.


For Grant Applicants

Applications for the next grant cycle will be available September 15th. In the meantime, we encourage you to read the information for applicants to familiarize yourself with the eligibility requirements and the process. We truly appreciate your willingness to respond to God’s call and are here to assist individuals like you commit to a life of service to the Church.


The Fund for Vocations assists men and women to follow God’s call to a life of consecrated service in the Church through student debt relief grants. The Fund for Vocations is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

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