Saint Clare Center receives $69,000 in grants for program support

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:55:00 PM

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 Center.

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.”