(Jeremiah 29:11) “For I know well the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future hope.”
The future of our faith revolves around the evangelization of our children and young families. To support this effort these funds will be used in the following manner:
Catholic School Financial Aid Endowment: $12.5 Million
Making a Catholic education available to those families who cannot afford one is a priority of the Diocese of Lansing. These endowed funds will be used to provide need-based financial aid to students attending Catholic schools from grades K-12. This endowment will augment the funds from the current school assessment and provide substantially more resources to assist families who desire the blessing of a Catholic education. Funds will be provided on a need basis and will be capped at $1,000 per child until the growth of the endowment allows for the cap to be raised.
Religious Education and Parent Formation: $2.7 Million
Most children are formed in the foundation of their faith in the family and at the parish level. These funds will be endowed and used to provide each parish in the diocese with more resources to provide religious education through online programs such as “Formed.”* In addition, these funds also will allow parishes to provide the parents with a parallel online program that will more fully engage them in the religious formation of their children and inspire their deeper commitment to live their own faith within their families and parish community. The Evangelization Endowment will complement this effort by providing parish leaders with training to engage and actively involve parents in the religious education of their children and the life of their parish.