HE NATIONAL FUND for Catholic Religious Vocations (NFCRV)
awarded 2016 grants, totaling more than $140,000, to men’s and
women’s religious communities to service the educational debt of
seven candidates to religious life.
Awards can be given to grantees each year until the candidate with edu-
cational debt makes final vows and becomes a fully professed member of the
community or the student loan is paid off, whichever comes first.
“For those entering religious life the expectation is that they be debt-
The fund accepts grant applications from religious communities who are
free,” says Brother Ronald Hingle, S.C., NFCRV board chair. “Without as-
sistance from NFCRV, these seven candidates would have had to defer their
entrance to the community until their student loans were paid off.”
The National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations was made possible
through grants from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the GHR Foundation.
members of the NRVC, the founding organization of the NFCRV, from January
15 through March 15 each year and approves the year’s recipients at their May
board meeting. Grantees are notified of their application status by June 30.
For more information on the terms of the grant, applying for a grant, or do-
nating to the fund, please go to NFCRV.org or call Mark Teresi at 773-595-4028. =
National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations helps orders
of priests, brothers, and sisters accept new members.
SISTER ANN PETRUS, C.D.P., superior
general of the Congregation of Divine
Providence (left), welcomes Sister
Christina Chavez, C.D.P. as a member
in July 2016. The Congregation was
awarded a 2015 NFCRV grant to
service Chavez’ educational debt.
Grants remove obstacle
of student debt for
religious life candidates