Diocese offered challenge grant
to support seminarian education
Give a dollar, get a dollar. The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City is partnering with Catholic Extension Society to offering a giving opportunity for the people of southwest Kansas.
The United States Catholic Extension office recently proposed a challenge grant of $50,000 to a limited number of mission dioceses, if they can match fund raising efforts dollar for dollar.
In other words, in order to receive the grant, the Diocese of Dodge City would have to also raise $50,000. The grant money would be placed in a new endowment only for seminary education within the Diocese of Dodge City, to be used for current and future seminarians. The diocese completed the spring semester with three seminarians: Tylan Ricketts, Juan Salas, and Jacob Schneider. Education for each seminarian costs the diocese approximately $33,000 per year. “The grants offered by Catholic Extension are very competitive, and we wanted Catholic Extension to know we are serious about supporting our seminarians,” according to Director of Stewardship, Eric Haselhorst. Counting on the generosity of the people of southwest Kansas, the diocese will raise $150,000, in order to receive the grant of $50,000.
The deadline is Dec. 31, 2012. Haselhorst noted that grant rules indicate gifts must be in amounts of at least $1,000, and suggested that groups can join together to raise smaller increments that add up to the $1,000 donation.
According to the grant rules, the $200,000 must be placed in an endowment, allowing the interest to be of financial support to seminary education. People will be able to continue donating to the endowment long into the future, creating a nest egg for future seminarians.
Priestly ordinations are a strong focus of Bishop John Brungardt:
“It’s imperative that we support our seminarians. We must pray always that they will feel the love of our Compassionate Lord and of the people of God whom they will one day serve. We must also support them in this endeavor by providing financial help as we are able.”
Catholic Extension provides funding and resources to under-resourced dioceses and parishes in the United States through programs and services investing in people, infrastructure and ministries. This support is given based on need, passion and commitment to the growth of the Catholic faith. Since 1905, Catholic Extension has distributed nearly $500 million to communities across America.
To make a donation, send a check made out to the Diocese of Dodge City to: Seminary Endowment Challenge, c/o Eric Haselhorst, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City, Kansas, 67801, call Eric at (620) 227-1537, or, you can donate electronically by going to www.dcdiocese.org/development