The Catholic Foundation of Michigan joyfully announces the launch of the Capuchin Fraternity Fund.

The Capuchin Fraternity Fund will help sustain the Capuchin friars of the Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, and honor their dedicated lives of ministry and service.

The Capuchin Fraternity Fund was established at the Catholic Foundation of Michigan to provide generous donors with the opportunity to ensure the longevity of Capuchin’s life and ministry through a perpetual endowment. “A fund at the Catholic Foundation of Michigan gives our donors an option to see their generosity live on through this legacy endowment,” shared Brother Nicholas Blattner, O.F.M. Cap.

Through 2023, your gift to the Capuchin Fraternity Fund will have double the impact, thanks to a generous $15,000 matching gift. Your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar, making your support go even further in ensuring the longevity of the Capuchin mission. Donate today to help the Capuchins unlock a $15,000 new fund match. A gift of any amount can show your encouragement to these faithful men and help them carry out their vital ministry for generations to come.

“I have long admired the work of the Capuchin order. In college and early in my career, I volunteered at the soup kitchen and with Earthworks Urban Farm, noticing the humble example of the brothers. This endowment is the fruit of the gratitude our community has for their mission and life,” said Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation.

“The entire team at the Catholic Foundation has been a pleasure to work with. They made setting up a fund at the Foundation a straightforward process. As a bonus, their investment strategy is 100% in line with Catholic Social Teaching, so you do not have to worry about your hard-earned dollars supporting a company engaged in immoral activity,” said Brother Nicholas.

The Capuchin friars have been a vital force for good for over 150 years in our area. Many friars dedicate their entire lives to serving the people of God, and this endowment seeks to support them during their retirement years as they transition from active ministry to a ministry of prayer and presence in the friaries. Additionally, the fund will play a crucial role in covering the medical costs of aging friars. Education is a key focus as well. In a world where the cost of education is steadily rising, this fund ensures that Capuchin friars are well-prepared for their future ministerial roles throughout the Province.

The Capuchin Fraternity Fund is more than a financial endeavor; it is a testament to the enduring spirit of generosity, hope, and service that defines the Capuchin way of life. Together, with the community’s support, the Capuchins embark on a journey to create a lasting impact on the lives of those they serve and the Church they cherish.

“The Capuchin Fraternity Fund not only believes in the good work going on today but believes in the good work that will occur beyond our sight. It is a fund that is founded on hope for the Church. Hope for the future. Hope for the poor and hungry,” shared Brother Nicholas.

We hope you join us and double your gift to the Capuchin Fraternity Fund!

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Republished with permission from OnTrack Wealth Management.

There is an epidemic of loneliness in the US.  The Surgeon General issued an advisory calling attention to a public health crisis of not only loneliness, but isolation and a lack of connection in our country.  This can lead to mental health challenges with risk for premature death comparable to smoking daily!  We bring this up because health is arguably, if not easily, much more important than wealth.   Afterall, an old adage that I believe in goes like this: a healthy man has a thousand dreams while a sick man has but one.

So, what are we doing to build connectivity in our lives?  Depending on your personality, where you live, and how you live, it may in fact be difficult to find companionship and interpersonal connections.   That said, it is so important to try to stay connected and thwart a sense of loneliness and isolation.  Studies of Blue Zones – places around the world that statistically produce more centenarians – show that purpose in life and social connection are two of the most important elements for living longer and healthier lives.

That brings us to the concept of community.  I think about community a lot.  What it means is up for some interpretation, but I see community as a place of belonging and shared values.  It is not a code word for homogeneity where everyone thinks or looks the same.   Instead, it is a place where people can share space, come together, and interact with others.

When we founded OnTrack Wealth Management, we debated for several months on the subject of having a bricks and mortar office.  We started our business in 2020 in the thick of a worldwide pandemic; at the time it seemed smart to be a virtual organization that can connect with people anywhere, anytime.   And yes, community can be created virtually! However, we decided that community also needed to be face-to-face.  With that in mind we bought a former dental office, gutted it, and purposefully re-built our space with a strong sense of collaboration and community in mind.

A couple of months ago, we met with a friend – a successful individual and family man who saw an opportunity to do something meaningful.  His mission: help children with different learning abilities find educational and social support within Catholic schools. Thus was the beginning of the St. Margaret of Castello Granting Fund to support K-12 special education in Michigan Catholic Schools.

Jacob Goda, the first graduate of SMCC’s inclusion program in Monroe.

This past week, it was our honor to host, at our office, a community of people so that they could learn more about the St. Margaret of Castello fund.  We shared food, drinks, and a discussion about the fund.  We watched a video about a young man with Down syndrome and his classmates who attended a high school community that nurtured and supported his development as a person and a student.  There were a few tears shed within our community that night.  I am confident they were tears of inspiration, not sadness.

The event was a tremendous success.  It was a great example of community taking place with amazing grace.  We would not allow loneliness and isolation to metastasize in a community such as we were experiencing.  We had purpose and meaning. Some might say it was God at work.  If nothing else, it was community at work.

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