(Matthew 28:19) “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
Evangelization is considered the Church’s essential mission. We must find creative new approaches to present the timeless truths of our faith and inspire people to live in and for Jesus Christ as a part of a vibrant faith community. The Holy Father also has called us to provide support for those who live on the margins of our world. Living the Gospel message to care for those in need is an important evangelization effort that must be continued. These funds will be provided in addition to existing support from the DSA.
Catholic Charities Endowment: $6.5 Million
The annual distribution from this endowment fund will be used to support ongoing and new direct service programs at the five Catholic Charities agencies. Each agency would receive funding every year, but the total amount provided to each agency would be determined based on proposals submitted to the Board of Directors of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lansing, and would be awarded based on funding need and service priority.
Catholic Charities Capital Needs: $3.5 Million
The five Catholic Charities agencies serve the 10 counties of the diocese. Each of the Catholic Charities agencies and two important parish-based social ministry programs, with broad outreach, will benefit from capital support to improve their facilities so they can continue providing their vital services. These funds will be distributed as follows:
- Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee.........$1.175 Million
- St. Vincent Catholic Charities.........$1.175 Million
- Livingston County Catholic Charities.........$500,000
- Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County.........$250,000
- Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties.........$200,000
- Cristo Rey Community Center (Lansing).........$100,000
- St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center and Faith-in-Flint.........$100,000
New Evangelization Initiatives: $3 Million
Supporting evangelization at the parish level, especially in the areas of leadership, youth and young adult ministry, and Hispanic ministry are essential to the future of the Church. These funds will support these ministries in the following ways:
- Parish leadership training to increase the effectiveness of paid parish staff
- Subsidies for lay and deacon training, especially Spanish-language training
- Increased tuition subsidies for training for youth, young adult and Hispanic leaders
- Evangelization grants to assist parishes in implementing cutting edge programs
- Technology grants to allow parishes and the diocese to spread the Gospel of Jesus
- Stipends for four evangelization coordinators from parishes who will serve as regional resource and support agents for ongoing evangelization efforts
Distance Learning and Ministry Training Centers: $500,000
Taking advantage of the latest communications technology, Witness to Hope will fund the creation of Distance Learning and Ministry Training Centers throughout the diocese. These will bring broad access to excellent programming for evangelization programs, leadership training and formation, and the support of other ministry activities for parishioners, staff, and volunteers at parishes and schools throughout the diocese.