What is the Diocesan Catholic Social Teaching Collection?

To equip the faithful to understand and put into practice Catholic teaching in light of the challenges of important social issues including the sanctity of human life, the dignity of the person, religious liberty, marriage and family, poverty, solidarity, and care for creation, Bishop Boyea has inaugurated a diocesan collection that will support small grants to applying parishes and Catholic entities within the Diocese of Lansing. This grant is designed to fund programs that combine catechesis with hands-on endeavors to advance Catholic social teaching within the diocese. Grant recipients will be selected by the Diocesan Commission on Catholic Social Teaching.

The Diocesan Catholic Social Teaching Collection supports catechetical projects which inform and inspire our practice of the Church’s teaching in the world. This is distinct from the mission of Catholic Charities, which provides direct assistance to people in need. This collection is scheduled to be held annually in November, on the Solemnity of Christ the King.

This collection is scheduled to be held annually in November, on the Solemnity of Christ the King. This collection is meant to advance our understanding and building of God’s kingdom: “When humanity recognizes, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.” 1

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Encyclical Quas Primas, 19.

Catholic Social Teaching Mini Grant Application Closed

The mini grant program was established to fund programs that address the growing number of social concerns, including the sanctity of human life, the dignity of the person, religious liberty, marriage and family, poverty, solidarity and care for creation in light of Catholic Social Teaching, ideally combining catechesis with hands-on endeavors to advance our understanding and practice of Catholic social teaching within the diocese.

Individuals may apply for these funds on behalf of parishes, schools, or other established Catholic entities within the Diocese of Lansing. To apply for funding, return the application (including case statement) as well as the pastor’s letter of support, by June 15, 2022 to contact listed on the application. Grant recipients will be selected by the Diocesan Commission on Catholic Social Teaching by the Fall of 2022.