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Other than the power of prayer itself, our steady, faithful, consistent monthly donors are the single most important source of vital stability for the Fund for Vocations. If you’re not already a member, why not join today?



We are now accepting applications for our 2019 grant cycle.
All materials must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2018;
awards will be announced on or around March 15, 2019.
Please click here for complete information about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Prospective Applicants

We are pleased to announce that the new application forms are now available for the next grant-making cycle. If you are a potential grant applicant, we encourage you to browse the resources available through the link below. 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 linked section includes all of the information necessary to determine if the St. Joseph Student Debt Grant Relief Program is for you. Prior to completing a grant application, we require that you review the information included in this section.

Assisting men and women to follow God's call

For individuals discerning a call to religious life, the rising cost of college tuition has created an obstacle to entering religious formation programs that many did not consider while pursuing their college degrees. The Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations assists men and women to follow God’s call to service in the Church through a life of consecration. The St. Joseph Student Debt Relief Program provides grants that cover each recipient’s student loan payments while they are in formation for religious life.  By doing so, we are able to assist young men and women to respond to their vocation with one less obstacle on the path to service to the Church.


We are currently helping more than 100 men and women follow their vocations (and have helped another 50 to try their vocations). While we are happy to be helping so many, with additional funding we would not have had to turn away another 100 equally qualified applicants. Each year we must raise the amount necessary to honor the commitment to our existing grant recipients. 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. With your support, we will increase our ability to award grants.

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