Article Written by: Mary Henige 
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“Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor 9:6).

A pilgrimage is a quest for God. It is an experiential and spiritual adventure and an opportunity to encounter God by visiting important locations in our Church’s history. Eighteen Catholic Foundation of Michigan leaders and supporters, including Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, traveled to Greece to follow in the footsteps of St. Paul in October.

Catholic Foundation of Michigan pilgrims pose with Archbishop Allen Vigneron after he celebrated Mass in Corinth.

St. Paul’s witness and determination to spread the gospel, founding groups of Jesus followers wherever he went, despite hardships, is a model of courageous evangelization. Paul traveled to the Gentiles and pagans to proclaim Christ crucified and God’s loving salvation through his Son Jesus.

“It was incredible to be led by our shepherd, Archbishop Allen Vigneron, and walk the same marble roads in Ephesus and other cities that Paul traveled two centuries ago, ” Foundation President and CEO Angela Moloney said. “St. Paul planted seeds of the gospel wherever he went. His many letters came alive during our site visits, Scripture readings, and Masses. Similarly, the Catholic Foundation of Michigan helps ensure that our Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries will thrive perpetually with funds our donors invest today—it’s our way of spreading the Good News,” Angela added.

The Parthenon and the vastness of the buildings were almost unbelievable. The pilgrims recalled that when St. Paul arrived in Athens, “he grew exasperated at the sight of the city full of idols” (Acts 17:15). He climbed the Areopagus and said, “For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines, I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’” Like St. Paul, may we be unafraid to speak the truth.

The 10-day pilgrimage included visits to Thessaloniki, Philippi, and Athens and a four-day cruise to islands where St. Paul preached, including Crete and Patmos. A visit to Ephesus in Turkey was a highlight, with the day beginning at the House of Mary, where the Blessed Mother lived her last earthly days with St. John the Evangelist.

“Our pilgrimage was an extraordinary opportunity to grow in faith and learn about the challenges faced by the early disciples of Christ, similar to today. This experience brings to mind the roles we all play in evangelizing our faith in today’s world,” said Board Chair Pat Fehring. “One of the most important roles the Catholic Foundation serves is to inspire generous giving for the good works and evangelization that Catholic organizations perform within our community. These good works include social services, education, health care, and parish life.”

Incoming Board Chair Chris Allen and his wife participated. “Carol and I were pleased to journey with a wonderful group of people. We will always remember walking in the same footsteps as St. Paul. Carol and I have committed to reviewing the Acts of the Apostles and reliving the life of Apostle Paul as he traveled in Greece and Turkey.”

Foundation Board member and Corporate Travel Service President John Hale organized the pilgrimage for the Foundation. John said the change of routines on a pilgrimage lead to open hearts where the Holy Spirit can speak. He also said pilgrims build community. 

“Based on the grace our pilgrims received in Greece, we look forward to offering future pilgrimage opportunities to our supporters,” Moloney said. “There are countless ways to unleash the Gospel. For the Foundation, inspiring, generous giving and deepening our understanding of the Church and her ministries is our way. St. Paul inspired us to pray and work harder to make Jesus known in our world today as individuals and as the Foundation.”

For me, the sacramental nature of a pilgrimage—Archbishop Vigneron’s prayers at each site we visited, listening to Paul’s words at each location—and daily Masses—from beautiful cathedrals to celebrating amidst the ruins in Corinth and near the river where St. Paul baptized St. Lydia, brought me to tears. As a lector, St. Paul’s words in his epistles and the Acts of the Apostles are burned in my heart. My proclamation is forever changed.

Following in the footsteps of St. Paul reminded us that being a Christian is a communal activity. In ancient Corinth the Archbishop spoke of our apostleship as a team effort, not something simply one person does but rather a community undertakes to build up the entire community. It was a privilege to be on pilgrimage with the Archbishop. What an affirmation of his support of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan and our work,” shared Angela Moloney.  

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This article and its accompanying photos were originally published for Unleash The Gospel Magazine. Find more stories like this at utgdetroit.org.

Oronde Manson was three years old when he started dragging his mom to church.

“He started coming to me on Sundays and said, ‘Can we go to church?’ And I said, ‘Well, we don’t have a church.’ And he said, ‘Yes we do. Gesu is our church,” remembers Oronde’s mom Chantel. Enrolled in Gesu Catholic School in Detroit, Oronde had been attending Mass every week with his pre-school classmates, but his mom who was a fallen away Baptist kept “questioning some things with God.”

Oronde was undeterred.

“He came to me and said, ‘God told me that we need to go to church.’ And I was like, okay, hold on … he’s serious.” Chantel recalls. Thus began their joint conversion story. After a year of catechesis lessons, both Chantel and Oronde were officially welcomed into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 2016.

But in 2020, the impact of COVID-19 made attending Catholic school a financial impossibility for Oronde and other families throughout the Archdiocese. This motivated a small group of donors, Archbishop Vigneron, and the Archdiocese of Detroit to open the St. Anne Scholars and St. Martin de Porres scholarship funds to provide the opportunity for all students to receive an excellent education grounded in Catholic belief and practice.

Being awarded the scholarship meant Oronde could complete his time at Gesu, and most importantly to Oronde become the man of faith he wanted to be, “This school raised me to become a young man, and as a black man in this world I need all the help I can get from my teachers and friends.”

In 2022, the St. Anne Scholars and St. Martin de Porres scholarship funds have granted over $332k in scholarship awards to 131 students across the Archdiocese of Detroit. Since its establishment, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to nearly 300 students from 43 schools totaling roughly $750,000. But what’s incalculable is the impact these scholarships have had on the spiritual fabric of metro-Detroit, on the conversion of hearts and minds like Oronde’s and Chantel’s.

“If I wasn’t in the Catholic school community I may not have been able to understand God’s love as I have,” explains Oronde, “The scholarship means the chance for me to be around students that have the love and passion of God.”

Anyone can make a gift to these existing scholarship funds in any amount and make a difference. Give online below or contact the Foundation staff at 248-548-3020. You can learn more about the St. Anne and St. Martin de Porres scholarship funds, by clicking here. 

Supporters can also create a scholarship fund that is both unique and personal, based on specific goals. Examples could be tuition assistance for students at a particular school, students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) or the arts. Scholarship funds can be opened with a gift of $25,000 or more.

Your direct support is a helping hand, and more importantly, provides a renewal of hope, faith, and the infinite love and protection of God.

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Benefitting Scholarship Schools Since 2020:
All SaintsMCES (St. Mary), MonroeSt. Anne Catholic SchoolSt. Joan of Arc Catholic SchoolSt. Pius X Catholic School
Cabrini ElementaryMost Holy TrinitySt. Anselm Catholic SchoolSt. Joseph, ErieSt. Valentine Catholic School
Christ the KingOur Lady of Good CounselSt. Augustine Catholic SchoolSt. Joseph, Lake OrionSt. William Catholic School
Divine Child Elementary SchoolOur Lady of RefugeSt. Charles BorromeoSt. Joseph, Trenton
Gesu Catholic SchoolOur Lady of SorrowsSt. Clare of MontefalcoSt. Lawrence
Guardian AngelsOur Lady of the LakesSt. Edith Catholic SchoolSt. Linus Catholic School
Holy NameOur Lady Queen of MartyrsSt. Edward on the LakeSt. Mary, Royal Oak
Holy RedeemerOur Lady Star of the SeaSt. Germaine Catholic SchoolSt. Mary, Mt. Clemens
Immaculate ConceptionSacred Heart Catholic SchoolSt. Hugo of the HillsSt. Patrick, Carleton
John Paul IIShrine Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Isaac JoguesSt. Regis Catholic School

Young Detroiters are passionate about creating change in their community. They are visionary, resilient, and driven. However, they often lack access to the resources and guidance necessary to turn their charitable objectives into reality.

That is why the Catholic Foundation of Michigan, The Children’s Foundation, and The Pulte Family Foundation, have partnered to create the Detroit Philanthropic Youth Council (DPYC).

The DPYC is a comprehensive program that aims to empower Detroit high school students as young philanthropists. The inaugural class of the DPYC consists of a bright and passionate group of high school juniors from Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Loyola High School, and Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The program will span the 2022-2023 academic year; the first session took place on Wednesday, September 21.

Throughout nine months of programming, students learn about philanthropy and the role of youth in philanthropy, fundraising, grantmaking, metrics, and data, assessing community needs, inviting grantees, reviewing grant applications, and making decisions and reporting. Various notable community leaders in philanthropy will serve as guest speakers for monthly DPYC sessions.

The cohort will have the opportunity to identify a community need, review grant applications from community initiatives that work to meet that need, and eventually decide which organization(s) will be awarded a total of $50,000 in grant funding from the DPYC. Grant funds are provided by The Children’s Foundation and the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. 

“This is an opportunity to give voice and perspective to issues that concern young people,” said the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s President and CEO, Angela Moloney. “We are empowering youth to improve and help solve the issues children and families face in their own communities.”

The program will conclude with a celebration with DPYC families and grantees at The Inn at St. Johns.

Through the Detroit Philanthropic Youth Council, The Children’s Foundation, The Catholic Foundation of Michigan, and The Pulte Family Foundation hope to amplify the voices of Detroit youth and inspire futures of philanthropy.

Learn more by contacting us!

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The St. Andrew Scholars Scholarships are awarded to disadvantaged students with disabilities who have the desire and aptitude to attend Catholic School.

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The Catholic Foundation is grateful for generous supporters who understand how important it is to provide the opportunity for all students to receive an excellent education grounded in Catholic belief and practice. 

In 2020, aware of the financial difficulties some families were facing, a small group of donors and the Archdiocese of Detroit opened the St. Anne Scholars and St. Martin de Porres scholarship funds. These funds have grown and are providing increased opportunities for students this fall. In the 2022 school year, the Catholic Foundation granted over $332K in scholarship awards to 131 students across the Archdiocese of Detroit. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 300 students from 43 schools across the Archdiocese of Detroit, totaling roughly $750,000.00.

“The Archdiocese of Detroit and I are pleased to provide gifts to support the St. Anne’s Scholars Fund, and we’re honored by those who join us in making possible a Catholic education for children,” Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said in a statement.

The scholarships are awarded after a review from a scholarship committee, which receives applications from families. School principals and pastors are encouraged to nominate three families from their communities to apply. Families interested in applying can reach out to their pastors and principals or the Catholic Foundation in the spring to learn more about the process.

The coordinated work of the Foundation, the scholarship committee, and supporters in the community make these scholarship funds unique in three ways:

Personal – The application process allows us to connect with both the school and the family in a profound way to learn of the specific needs in the Catholic school community and respond directly to fill the needs. Together, we are able to reach many families that often fall through the cracks -those forgotten and overlooked in the system.

Significant – The average size of one Foundation scholarship is: $2500/per student annually.

Impact Focused – We help steward donors passionate about Catholic education and connect them personally to students and schools in need.

This past year, an anonymous donor was moved by the increasing number of applicants who were children of Catholic school teachers and gave directly to fill that special need. This helped provide scholarships to the children of ten dedicated Catholic school educators. “Being a Catholic schoolteacher and single parent, it is thanks to donors like you who make it possible for my children to attend a Catholic school so their relationships with the Lord can be strengthened daily in a family-like atmosphere,” shared a parent of a scholarship recipient.

It would be impossible for my children to attend Catholic School without this support. We have many medical bills, along with other financial debt. Our Catholic school and parish is our lifeline and hope during this difficult time,”  shared another parent. 

Anyone can make a gift to these existing scholarship funds in any amount and make a difference. Give online below or contact the Foundation staff at 248-548-3020.

Supporters can also create a scholarship fund that is both unique and personal, based on specific goals. Examples could be tuition assistance for students at a particular school, students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) or the arts. Scholarship funds can be opened with a gift of $25,000 or more.

Your direct support is a helping hand, and more importantly, provides a renewal of hope, faith, and the infinite love and protection of God.

Give now to the St. Anne Scholars Scholarship Fund

Give Now to the St. Martin de Porres Scholarship Fund

Create your own unique scholarship endowment with the Catholic Foundation. 

 

 

Benefitting Schools Since 2020:
All SaintsMCES (St. Mary), MonroeSt. Anne Catholic SchoolSt. Joan of Arc Catholic SchoolSt. Pius X Catholic School
Cabrini ElementaryMost Holy TrinitySt. Anselm Catholic SchoolSt. Joseph, ErieSt. Valentine Catholic School
Christ the KingOur Lady of Good CounselSt. Augustine Catholic SchoolSt. Joseph, Lake OrionSt. William Catholic School
Divine Child Elementary SchoolOur Lady of RefugeSt. Charles BorromeoSt. Joseph, Trenton
Gesu Catholic SchoolOur Lady of SorrowsSt. Clare of MontefalcoSt. Lawrence
Guardian AngelsOur Lady of the LakesSt. Edith Catholic SchoolSt. Linus Catholic School
Holy NameOur Lady Queen of MartyrsSt. Edward on the LakeSt. Mary, Royal Oak
Holy RedeemerOur Lady Star of the SeaSt. Germaine Catholic SchoolSt. Mary, Mt. Clemens
Immaculate ConceptionSacred Heart Catholic SchoolSt. Hugo of the HillsSt. Patrick, Carleton
John Paul IIShrine Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Isaac JoguesSt. Regis Catholic School
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Author: Dan Meloy
Republished with permission from Detroit Catholic.

 

A Detroit Catholic reader has begun a $100,000 match campaign in support of Warren-based Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic School’s effort to educate refugees from the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian War.

The anonymous donor worked with the Catholic Foundation of Michigan to establish a short campaign to raise funds for scholarships to cover the cost of tuition for refugee students who are attending the school this year, after reading about the school’s efforts in an Aug. 24 article in Detroit Catholic.

Parents, children and supporters of the Ukrainian Catholic community in southeast Michigan gather Aug. 23 at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church in Warren during a prayer vigil. (Photos by Daniel Meloy | Detroit Catholic)

“The Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s whole mission is to make giving easy for our Catholic faithful,” Angela Moloney, executive director of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan, told Detroit Catholic. “We had a donor reach out to us after reading this beautiful article in Detroit Catholic and wanted to share their generosity to ensure these children had the ability to attend Catholic school.”

The anonymous donor wanted to use the Catholic Foundation of Michigan as a fundraising mechanism for Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic School so a wider audience could learn about the campaign and donate to the school. The fund includes a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000.

Posters urging prayer for the people of Ukraine are pictured inside a classroom at Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Schools in Warren. This fall, the school is welcoming up to 100 refugee students who have fled the war in Ukraine.

“(I was) moved to tears by the beautiful story of both the plight of the Ukrainian school children and the generosity of the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Schools community in welcoming,” the donor wrote to the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. “Like many around the world, my prayer regularly includes the Ukrainian people who have had their lives torn apart by the terrible assault on their nation and way of life.”

Donors can give to the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Schools Refugee Support Fund to help cover tuition for the estimated 100 refugee students who will be attending Immaculate Conception this school year.

Having the fund administered by a third-party fundraising source like the Catholic Foundation of Michigan allows recipients, such as Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Schools, to focus on its mission while the Catholic Foundation focuses on the minutia of raising funds, Moloney said.

Moloney recalled speaking with Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Schools superior Fr. Daniel Schaicoski, OSBM, and principal Mary Anne Gruda, who were grateful for the donor’s generosity.

“It was so grace-filled, speaking with Fr. Daniel and Mary,” Moloney said. “As I was learning more about the school, how giving and generous and joy-filled the school is to be doing this, the hearts of these educators are so huge, it’s impressive. I asked Fr. Daniel if he thinks we could raise the other $50,000 in the community to meet the match, and he said, ‘Hands down. I know this community is generous, and we can do it.’”

“It seemed the Catholic Foundation was the most effective way to turbocharge the effort,” the anonymous donor wrote about the Ukrainian schools fund. “The school is in terrible need of support for these children now and into the foreseeable future. The Catholic Foundation can relieve some of the burden of fundraising for the school by helping to get the word out as well as easily accepting and administering new gifts, both large and small, and making the necessary grants.”

Beyond raising the money, Moloney said the Catholic Foundation is happy to tell the story of Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Schools, a small school in Warren that is making all the difference in the world for children escaping a war.

“This isn’t just another Catholic school for these kids,” Moloney said. “This is going to be a home that understands them and can embrace them in a way any other school or community might not do. This is a beautiful, perfect fit for these kids and families who have lost so much already. This is our Gospel call to help them.”

Update 11/1/2022:
Your financial donation in support of the Ukrainian refugee students at IC Schools now goes further! The anonymous donor providing the matching funds to the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Schools Refugee Support Fund has increased the match by $25,000. This brings the total match to $75,000.00 and we’re nearly at our goal!

Each donation made will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to an additional $25,000. Click this link to donate today: https://bit.ly/3yXQAfK

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Written by Elizabeth Gardiner

 

Have you been inside an elementary school when the recess bell rings? The hallways erupt with noise as children quickly put on their coats and head for the playground doors. Those doors fly open with children anxiously running to their favorite play structure. Children are scaling the rock wall, hanging from monkey bars, racing down the slides, swinging with friends, and much more. Kids are being kids (outside!) – they are running, shouting, playing, high-fiving, laughing, socializing, making friends, and most importantly, having fun. It is a schoolyard filled with pure joy!

Now imagine the looks on all of these children’s faces when they get to the play structure and see that sections of their ONLY play structure are blocked off with bright yellow caution tape. Imagine how these children feel when that bright yellow caution tape could remain untouched for months or even an entire school year. The kindergarteners who were so excited to finally be able to play on the “big kid” playground, are wishing they could have their preschool playground back.

As a former 1st grade teacher of sixteen years, I see a great need for a new playground at the parish, St. Joseph the Worker in Lake Orion, one of the fastest growing parishes in the diocese. Kids need to be kids at recess time!  The joy would be unstoppable! A new playground would lead to better physical and mental health, along with cognitive, social, and emotional gains for the students of the school and our church.

An inviting playground will invite families to stay after mass and allow their children to play. An inviting playground can act as an incentive for your grandson to behave at mass. An inviting playground may act as a center point for catholic evangelization as young families gather to watch their kids play. An inviting playground can be more if we choose to look at it differently. We live in a society that has brought us inside in front of our electronics when we are called to be out and spreading God’s word. We believe a playground serves more than the school-age children that attend the school, it serves the community at large.

Pictured: St. Joe’s current structure is in disrepair and does not accommodate all grades or those with special needs.

My husband says all the time that God works in mysterious ways and the creation of the St. Joseph Playground fund is a testament to that. One Friday evening in May, my husband came home from a sporting clay fundraiser. He mentioned that he and a few parishioners of St. Joe’s parish started talking about how a sporting clay event would be a great fundraiser. When I heard the idea, I was on board and told him, “Let’s do it, let’s build a playground!” He was thrilled and one thing led to another.

In a few short months and countless hours of preparation, St. Joseph’s School in Lake Orion will be hosting “The St. Joseph Sporting Clay Classic” at Bald Mountain on Thursday, October 6, 2022.  The St. Joseph Sporting Clay Classic, in a special way, is dedicated “ to the joy of our children”.  All funds will be used to grow a restricted fund within the Catholic Foundation of Michigan for the purpose of St. Joseph’s Catholic School Playground.

Various donors have already heard the call and have generously donated to a designated fund at the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. The Foundation has been fundamental throughout the process by establishing a registration page for the event and an account that safeguards donations for its intended purpose.

“It is our hope and prayer that the children of God come together to see this project completed for the joy of His children. To this end, this is the core reason why we felt partnering with the Catholic Foundation was essential, as this fund will outlive each one of us. ” -Elizabeth and David Gardiner

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The Cathedral is alive with the sound of children, thanks to the continuance of an incredible initiative, the Cathedral Choir Academy (CCA) of Detroit. Now in its fourth year of residence at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, this comprehensive after-school choral music program serves both urban and suburban youth of all faiths, grades 3-12.

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