by Cathal Barry
Efforts to promote vocations to religious life in Ireland will move up a gear in 2016 thanks to a generous grant from a US-based foundation set up by hotel billionaire Conrad Hilton, The Irish Catholic can reveal.
Vocations Ireland, an umbrella organization which helps religious orders to encourage new members, has been awarded $290k (€268k) by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
The funding, which is spread over three years, is specifically to help build organisational capacity for Vocations Ireland to enable the organization to support and nurture vocations to the consecrated religious life in Ireland today.
Vocations Ireland Director Margaret Cartwright told The Irish Catholic she was “delighted” with the grant and said it would allow the organisation to support religious orders, congregations and missionary societies in telling the stories of their ministry.
“While the challenges ahead may be daunting, we are indeed excited to be working with the Hilton Foundation and look forward to developing together new and exciting possibilities and opportunities for religious life in Ireland today,” Ms Cartwright said, adding that the generosity of the organization “will help Vocations Ireland as a charitable organization to develop the capacity of our organization, improve the services we can offer to our members and assist us in our outreach to the wider Church community in the re-telling of our vocation story.”
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