GRANTS

Grants made by the Foundation

Recipients of Catholic Foundation grants are wide and varied so the flow-on effect reaches all corners of the Archdiocese. The Foundation will consider grant applications which cover: Catholic education; Catholic social services; youth development; the sick, aged, infirm, unemployed and those in need; hospices; Catholic religious orders, institutions, bodies and groups; the training of priests, religious, and lay persons to maintain and promote the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Foundation also makes a significant grant to the Archdiocese of Wellington each year to assist with its Chaplaincies social services.

In addition the Foundation will consider making a grant available each year to a member of the Archdiocesan Clergy who is taking a sabbatical with the Cardinal's approval.

Grants made in 2016 Caritias:

Applying for a grant

Applications for grants are considered at Foundation board meetings which, for 2017, are 21st February, 30 May, 08 September (AGM) and 23rd November. Applications on the required form close ten days before the date of each meeting.

Grant Application form PDF

FEEDBACK - from the Christian Life Community

In November 2013 The Foundation awarded a grant of $1,705 to the Christian Life Community - they write...

"Thank you all once more for that most enriching and life-giving retreat experience recently at Cross Creek - a superb team, and a superb setting. It was truly a graced time of deeper listening to both the Word of God and my own life in community. I deeply appreciated the group atmosphere throughout the week, even though each one of us was on our own journey of faith and prayer.

Please convey my thanks to the benefactors who enabled this retreat to take place through their financial support.

In continued love and prayer".

Blessings,
Tricia Kane, Coordinator, CLC, Aotearoa NZ



Sarah Dench,the 3 guides : Fr Gerry Whiteford sm, Rev Peter Benge, Kitty McKinley; Sr Catherine Jones smsm, Bernie Kernot. In background, Joanne Morgan


FEEDBACK – Visit of Baroness the Professor Ilora Finlay

I wish to thank the Catholic Foundation for its generous financial support of Baroness Ilora Finlay’s visit to Wellington last month. The Baroness is recognised as a world leader in her field and your contribution enabled us to proceed with confidence in organising the one-day conference on palliative care for health professionals. This conference allowed us to further develop our close working relationship with Hospice New Zealand and also created an opportunity to work in partnership with the Victoria University Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, a first for The Nathaniel Centre. Health Professionals will immediately recognise that the presenters were of the highest calibre and well known and respected in New Zealand.

While the benefits of the Baroness’s visit for the Catholic community (local and national) are readily identifiable, real satisfaction can be taken from the fact that her presentations in New Zealand had a significant impact on health professionals, politicians and the general public.

The Baroness with Palliative Physician, Researcher and Academic, Professor Rod MacLeod at the conference.


FEEDBACK – Refugee Family Reunification Trust

Over the past 11 years the Refugee Family Reunification Trust has provided moral, financial and practical assistance and support for refugees in Wellington, needing help with the costs of bringing their families to join them.

Since its establishment in 2001 it has raised over $840,000 and 100% of the funds raised has been given to refugees. By nationality the families who have been assisted by the Trust were originally from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Liberia, Sudan, Myanmar, Colombia, Sri Lanka and Banda Ache. Many of the families were living in refugee camps in Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

The Catholic Foundation congratulates the Refugee Family Reunification Trust for the very valuable and vital work they do in reuniting families – many who have been separated under horrendous circumstances and is proud to support them and their work.


FEEDBACK – Religious education development

Patricia Lynch is a part time teacher of Religious Education and Special Needs at St Catherine's College and also involved in various ministries in her Parish. She has run the Sacramental Programme in her Parish over the last two years. In 2011 she resumed her Masters in Religious Education degree through the Australian Catholic University and the Catholic Foundation were pleased and proud to be able to support her in a practical way in the full knowledge that the Diocese has and will continue, to benefit from the energy and commitment of Patricia.


FEEDBACK – Samoan Sunday School Teacher’s Retreat

The Catholic Foundation was pleased to sponsor a Samoan Sunday School Teacher's Retreat and Workshop held at Kowhai Lodge in Porirua on the weekend of 1st and 2nd February. Under the guidance and wisdom of Brother Kierran Fenn and Samoan Chaplain Mika Teofilo, the workshop assisted a group of 35 teachers to prepare well and learn from and inspire each other to share their faith knowledge with children.


FEEDBACK – Young Catholic Leader programme

We wish to thank the Catholic Foundation for the $5000 given to us for our Young Catholic Leader programme held in December 2011. The 5 day live-in camp was a huge success for all involved.

Grounded in stewardship and giftedness, YCL challenges young people to step out of their comfort zone and as Eleanor Roosevelt put it “do the thing which you think you cannot”. The days were long and full of high expectations but that just allowed more time and opportunity to cement friendships. The programme is top notch but these relationships are the best resource these leaders could take from YCL. Relationship is at the heart of leadership and even more important when its servant leadership you are living out. It’s not about being able to do it all yourself but about fully offering the gifts you have to the team and community you’re part of.

Patricia Butterfield, Assistant Adviser, Archdiocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry


FEEDBACK – L’Arche Kapiti

In May of 2010 the Catholic Foundation presented L’Arche New Zealand with a grant to purchase touch screen computers for members if their community. They were able to purchase two computers which allows core members to not only have computer access to the internet and email but to now have Skype to see and talk with family and friends who live far away.

Kind regards
Alejandro (Alex) Pagnucco
Community Leader, L'Arche Kapiti


FEEDBACK from St Bernard’s College

A St Bernard’s College student, Sepe Mua’au travelled to London to attend the Globe Theatre in July where he took the lead role in Richard 111. He was selected for this following his participation in the 2010 Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. The St Bernard’s team played Henry IV Pt 1 and 2, a 15 minute performance under the direction of Petra Jaeger and Ann Garry.

Players personae: Sepe Mua’au, Matthew Loveranes, Kyle Viagador, William Warren, Allen Murrell, Stephen Salter, Theo Lascamana, Paul Ogwaro, Mundsan Yu Hoi, Caleb McInman, Raymond Horua, Brent Duggan, Mona Ahelemo, Tyrone Martin , Damon Hutley, Simon Garlick.

Sepe wishes to express his thanks to the Catholic Foundation, the school and community for the fundraising and support that made the trip possible.


FEEDBACK from St Francis De Sales

St Francis De Sales in Island Bay approached the Foundation in early in 2010 for assistance in replacing their 45 year old electronic church organ which was fast approaching its final days.

They were presented with a unique opportunity to purchase a small pipe organ from a Methodist church in Christchurch. The price was extremely reasonable (almost half the cost of what it would be to upgrade their existing organ) and it was structurally compatible with the space it would fill at St Francis De Sales. As many will know of St Francis De Sales the organ is a vital accompaniment to the exquisite choir, both being a long standing and loved part of the Parish. The replacement organ will ensure they continue far into the future, enriching and giving value far beyond any dollars spent.


FEEDBACK from the Catholic youth ministers conference

I wish to thank the Catholic Foundation for the wonderful support of the NZCBC National Catholic Conference for Youth and Young Adult Ministers which was held in Palmerston North from November 13-16th 2011.

Your grant towards airfares, accommodation and registration was most generous and assisted greatly in providing an opportunity for youth ministers from the far north and the deep south to participate.

The purpose of the bi-annual conference was to provide professional development, networking, resource sharing and faith formation for the many volunteer youth ministers who coordinate youth services, faith and leadership development across the country in a myriad of ways e.g., youth events, camps, service opportunities etc.

The Conference was a wonderful success with over 70 participants coming from around the country and I believe we well and truly achieved the purpose for gathering. Thank you again for your support.

Helen O’Sullivan RNDM
National Project Coordinator