Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, (left) and the Candidates participating in the 2014 Ordination “Come and See” Weekend.
The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities has awarded the Vocation Office of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus with a $50,000 grant for the 2015 Candidacy Program. This grant will be used to expand and enrich programs that provide various opportunities for candidates discerning the Jesuit vocation of priest and brother.
For nearly 70 years, the Raskob Foundation has been providing grants and loans for worldwide projects and programs associated with the Catholic Church. The family-run foundation reviews hundreds of requests each year and has awarded over $150 million in grants since its founding.
"This grant will allow us to engage the message of Christ's call in today's world. And hopefully vocations to the Society of Jesus may flourish as a result," said Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, vocation director for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces.
The grant was written in response to a rise of interest in the Society of Jesus that has placed a greater demand on vocation promotion since March 2013. The funds granted will allow the Vocations Office to best serve the diverse levels of interest young men have in a Jesuit vocation. Province-run programs, ranging from week-long retreats to a day of service, allow candidates to experience Jesuit life first-hand. Weekend retreats and service programs, like Vicenza Day, bring together candidates with Jesuits and provide opportunities for prayer, service and conversation.
“I felt a deep sense of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts throughout the day; in other words, Jesus was standing with us and among us, joking with us, packing, taping and taking inventory,” said one candidate reflecting on a previous Vicenza Day experience. “Jesus also confirmed the feeling my fellow candidates and I felt in pursuing this Jesuit vocation.”
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