The Catholic Foundation distributed over $138,500 on December 7th during the annual community grants celebration.

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To memorialize Janet’s dedication and years of service to Guest House through the Icon Dei Guild.

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To provide tuition assistance to graduating seniors at St. Catherine of Siena Academy and /or University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy.

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In 2019, as a direct response to the Archbishop of Detroit’s message in Unleash the Gospel, the Catholic Foundation was called upon to create the Spirit of Innovation granting fund. The Spirit of Innovation Grant called for Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations in the archdiocese to develop, launch and grow new initiatives, ministries and approaches that share the Good News with all, forming joyful missionary disciples. 

The 2021 Spirit of Innovation Grant was awarded to St. Aloysius/Our Lady of the Rosary community in Detroit for their Outreach and Mission Hub project. The focus of the project is to create a space for young adults to grow and flourish through the partnership of Detroit Catholic Campus Ministry and Young Adult events through St. Aloysius Parish.

The grant project hopes to develop an underutilized courtyard space between the church and rectory into a gathering space with seating, bonfire pit, yard games, overhead lighting, and dining tables to create a Mission Hub Outdoor Gathering Space. The goal is for the space to be an attractive, eye-catching place of radical hospitality, a place for friendships to be formed and fostered, and a place of invitation to a relationship with Jesus. Part of this re-envisioned mission is to connect “un-churched” or lapsed Catholic millennials in the area to a life of faith, worship, and community.

In addition, the project hopes to support the senior citizen population served through St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services by offering them a chance to cultivate their passion for gardening and foster intergenerational collaboration through hosting a dinner for seniors, served by young adults, and gardening opportunities for seniors and young adults to work together.

“We are so grateful to the Catholic Foundation of Michigan for awarding us the Spirit of Innovation Grant for our Outdoor Mission Hub at Our Lady of the Rosary church. We will be creating an outdoor space in the courtyard for community gatherings, Bible studies, and a place for our seniors to garden,” shared Fr. Mario Amore, pastor of both St. Aloysius Parish, Detroit and Our Lady of the Rosary Parish.

Learn more about this inspired project by watching the video below.

There are people in our lives that help us to be better versions of ourselves.

People who, because of their words, actions, and convictions we can imagine will actually become a saint. Marisa Petrella was one of those people.

On November 29, 2021, the community lost a dedicated servant leader and woman of great faith. Marisa was a Catholic Foundation Founders’ Circle member, board member, and a dear friend and advocate.

Marisa possessed a strong sense of service, a generous spirit, and completed a considerable amount of pro bono work throughout her career. In 2020, Marisa was honored by the Italian government as the recipient of an award recognizing her exceptional legal work for the Italian Consulate in Detroit. She was given the highest honor possible for a non-Italian citizen: Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Knight of the Order of the Italian Star).

Marisa Petrella actively volunteered and was a member of various other community boards of directors, including St. Regis Catholic Church, Mercy High School, Mother and Unborn Baby Care, and Orchestra Sono. Marisa loved God, her daughter and family, her church, her profession, Italian culture, music, and life.

All of us at the Catholic Foundation of Michigan ask you to remember Marisa and her family during this difficult time, as she is welcomed home into joyful, loving arms. Learn more about Marisa and her impact here: Marisa Petrella

In honor of the life-giving spirit of Marisa’s memory, the Sanctity of Life Endowed Grant was established through the generosity of the Catholic Foundation staff and Board of Directors, to provide grant funding to support creative programs that build a holistic reverence for life. 

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The Sanctity of Life Endowed Grant established through the generosity of the Catholic Foundation staff and Board of Directors, in memory of Marisa Petrella, dedicated servant leader, provides grant funding to support creative programs that build a holistic reverence for life.

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