Criteria for Approved Institutes

The goal of the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations is to build up the Church by enabling men and women to embark on their life of prayer, apostolic work, and mortification for the glory of God. Such a life is likely to be possible only within an institute that is faithful to the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church.

Accordingly, the MEFV accepts applications for grants only from individuals entering institutes that have been approved for participation in the MEFV grant programs.


To be approved an Institute must:

  • Be either an Institute of Consecrated Life that is a Religious Institute or a Society of Apostolic Life that is in union with the See of Peter (includes Roman Catholic religious institutes and those of the Byzantine Rite and Melkite Rites, etc.) We do not provide grants to individuals entering the consecrated life of Secular Institutes, Private Associations of Lay Faithful or Religious Institutes which are associated with Secular Institutes. Public Associations of Lay Faithful working to become either a Religious Institute or a Society of Apostolic Life are eligible.
  • Communicate with MEFV in English. All requests for information and contracts sent by MEFV to the institute will be in English and all official replies and notices to the Fund from the institute must be in English.
  • Be willing to be a party to the grant agreement, acknowledging that the MEFV’s promise to pay the grant recipient’s debt as stipulated by the agreement is equivalent to the grant recipient being debt-free. The agreement also includes reporting requirements for the institute.
  • Have a policy that individuals responsible for any kind of debt may not take vows or promises (either temporary or perpetual). This does not disqualify institutes that agree to pay an aspirant’s debt, but the understanding must be that the debt is no longer the responsibility of the professed individual.

Please Note:   At the MEFV’s current level of funding, any individual who has his debts assumed by his institute is not likely to receive a grant from the MEFV. This is because we assume the institute is acting in good faith. That is, the debt was assumed because the institute could afford to do so. Therefore, the MEFV will apply its limited assets elsewhere.

Prospective applicants should read all the pages available under the menu “For Grant Applicants” to fully inform themselves about the requirements for application.