Debt relief for Vocations - Mater Ecclesiae Fund & The Laboure Society
The Laboure Society
The Laboure Society exists to provide
financial assistance to individuals who
must eliminate personal debt in order
to pursue their vocation to priesthood
or religious life in the Catholic Church.
To those who love the Catholic Church, its priesthood and religious:
The Laboure Society offers an eternal return-on-investment opportunity!
“I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with every joy in my every prayer for you …” Phil 1:3-4
The Laboure Society exists for one purpose: to assist aspirants to priesthood or religious life who find themselves unable to answer their call due to personal debt, substantially in the form of education loans. Dioceses and religious communities cannot assume this debt; the aspirant must be debt free, before he or she can enter formation.
In the last five years, thanks be to God, the courage and generosity of these aspirants, our donors, our Board of Directors and consultants, we have 155 individuals either ordained, professed or in various stages of formation:
- priesthood 31
- sisters 109
- brothers 15
The Laboure Society has managed these accomplishments on a wing and a prayer, thanks to our Lord’s amazing and abundant Grace, His precious mother, and our patroness, St. Catherine Laboure.
Please consider joining this important work; journey with these aspirants as they answer their vocational call. You will receive an ‘eternal’ return on investment as they and the communities they join promise to pray for their benefactors forever.
“I speak with many young women who have heard the call of God to enter the consecrated religious life. These are beautiful souls who have fallen in love with Jesus Christ and His Church and want nothing but to give the whole of their lives – possessions, affections and will – to Him whom they love. For many, only student debt holds them back from following this call of love. The sobering reality of major debt can often discourage such candidates. Not only does the Laboure Foundation offer practical means of quickly paying back such debt, but it gives hope to these women that following the call is indeed possible. The other beautiful aspect of the Laboure Foundation is that it enables lay members of the Church to become active participants in the beauty and gift of vocation. These lay faithful, by becoming benefactors to candidates for the priestly and religious life, are drawn into a web of grace that will last into eternity. Such a gift will not be forgotten.”
Sister Mary Gabriel, SV
Vocation Director, Sisters of Life
Mater Ecclesiae- Fund for Vocations
The Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations is privileged to assist men and women to follow God's call to service in the Church through a life of consecration. We operate the St. Joseph Student Debt Relief Grant Program for religious life and the St. John Vianney Student Debt Relief Grant Program for the parish priesthood.
These grants eliminate the delay many young people encounter as they struggle to pay off their student debts before they can enter religious life. A grant pays candidates' student loan payments while they are in formation for either religious life or the priesthood.
We have had to turn away 31 young people who wanted to offer their lives to Christ, but could not because of their student debt. Will the Church lose these vocations?
We are helping 46 men and women follow their vocations, and each year we must raise the money necessary to make their student loan payments. These men and women are learning to become preists, monks and brothers, and nuns and sisters and pray each day for you, for the Church and for the world.
Please help us help them by making a tax-deductible contribution.
You can read about some of these men and women on our vocation stories page.
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