The Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life has received
grants totaling $69,000 in support of its various ministry formation programs.
In January, the Catholic Community Foundation approved a
grant to support the Saint Clare Center’s Sustaining the Mission and Faith
Formation Team Training projects which deliver religious education and
formation to 2,500 Catholic school educators annually. To date, the Saint Clare Center has received
grant commitments of $30,000 to support its Catholic school projects in the
2013-14 fiscal year.
Sustaining the Mission is the official program
for the religious education certification of Catholic school teachers in the
Archdiocese of Milwaukee. More than
2,000 educators working at all of the Catholic
schools of the Archdiocese participate.
The Faith Formation Team Training program is designed for
those ministering in Catholic elementary or secondary schools. Teams are trained to work with the
spiritual needs of adult colleagues and the need of Catholic schools to
foster healthy and informed Christian communities.
In addition, the A.W. Asmuth Family Fund of the Greater
Milwaukee Foundation has made a two-year annual commitment of $5,000 to support
the Saturday Institute for Lay Ministries coordinated by the Saint Clare
In concert with this commitment, another Asmuth Family Fund
will provide an additional $30,000 annually (in
2013-14 and 2014-15) to financially subsidize the studies of lay ministry
students.The institute offers theology courses and formational
experiences for Catholics who seek to grow in their faith.
Finally, $4,000 has been donated to partially underwrite
expenses for facilitating the Forums on Faith & Work, a breakfast series designed
to illuminate discipleship for the business community by focusing on the
interplay of faith and work in light of the Gospels.
"These generous gifts help to affirm the mission of
Stritch's Saint Clare Center - to provide excellent adult education and
formation for those serving in Catholic educational, service and parish
ministries," said Eamonn O’Keeffe, executive director of the Saint Clare
Center. “These grants will be put to excellent use as we help our students and
guests discern their individual callings for a wide variety of ministries.”