- Operating since 2003.
- Over 260 assisted into formation to the priesthood or religious life.
- Over $5.3 million awarded. 100% of gifts go toward aspirants; 80% goes to current class for loan mitigation and 20% is a roll back to the next aspirant class to subsidize their training expenses.
- A network of thousands of praying singles, families, religious, priests, & bishops.
- Listed in the Official Catholic Directory.
- Endorsements from Vocation Directors, Superiors and Bishops.
- Over 80% of those assisted have gone on to final ordination, profession of final vows or are currently in formation.
- A Direct Evangelization component of the program which annually engages thousands of donors around the country.
- A modest staff, office and budget which allows for a return on investment where every $1 dollar donated to Labouré’s General Fund will result in an aspirant raising a $1.67 in debt reducing funds.
Endorsements from Bishops
Archbishop Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco: “Each Labouré aspirant and their classmates represent a new wave of growth in the Church.”
Archbishop Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kanas City: “I strongly endorse the work of the Labouré Society in helping to foster a Culture of Vocations”
Bishop Cozzens of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: Labouré Plays “a Vital Role Locally and Nationally in Building a Culture of Vocations”
An Expression of Support for Labouré and Aspirant Alum, Maria Martinez, from Auxiliary Bishop Rojas of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Auxiliary Bishop Manz of the Archdiocese of Chicago Encourages Parishioners to Help Labouré Foster Vocations
Father Pablo Straub, EWTN
Click Here to listen to Father Pablo Straub’s Message about The Labouré Society.
Father Jacob-Matthew, Franciscans of the Holy Land
I wanted to give you my input on the wonderful work that The Labouré Society does by helping those who feel called to God’s service to be allowed that opportunity. In addition to our recent aspirant, who now has officially entered the formation process, we have experienced your assistance with another of our brothers, who is making his simple vows. Without your help, neither of these individuals would have been able to respond to God’s call.
As a vocation director, it is important for us to know of the work you do and to be able to give options to the young men and women who feel called but think their debt prevents them from responding. I thank God for all the work you do, and for those who make this program possible for so many men and women. We will always be indebted to you and to The Laboure Society for making it possible for so many to be able to respond to God’s call.
Father Jacob-Matthew, OFM, Vocation Director USA, Custody of the Holy Land
Sister Mary Gabriel, SV, The Sisters of Life
I speak with many young women who have heard the call of God to enter the consecrated religious life. These are beautiful souls who have fallen in love with Jesus Christ and His Church and want nothing but to give the whole of their lives – possessions, affections and will – to Him whom they love. For many, only student debt holds them back from following this call of love. The sobering reality of major debt can often discourage such candidates. Not only does The Labouré Society offer practical means of quickly paying back such debt, but it gives hope to these women that following the call is indeed possible.
The other beautiful aspect of The Labouré Society is that it enables lay members of the Church to become active participants in the beauty and gift of vocation. These lay faithful, by becoming benefactors to candidates for the priestly and religious life, are drawn into a web of grace that will last into eternity. Such a gift will not be forgotten.
Sister Mary Gabriel, SV, Vocation Directress, Sisters of Life
Father Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap, Catholic University of America
God Bless you for the help the Labouré Society is giving. As I teach here at Catholic University and try to give witness to the joys of my religious priesthood, I am increasingly impressed by men and women like yourself, who are praying, sacrificing, and encouraging young people desirous of entering priesthood and/or religious life. God will certainly reward you over and over again. Be assured of my prayers.
Father Regis J Armstrong, OFM Cap, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America
Brother Ted Psemeneki, BH, The Brotherhood of Hope
The Laboure Society is one of the Spirit’s responses to the obstacles facing those who seek to radically follow Christ in our day. Not only do they provide financial resources but also much needed encouragement, intercession and friendship for Aspirants and communities alike. They truly meet the standard of cheerful givers who seek a bountiful harvest of new vocations in the Church. (cf. 2 Cor 9:7).
Brother Ted Psemeneki, BH, Formation Director for The Brotherhood of Hope
Michael Wick, Institute on Religious Life
Student loans are becoming a tremendous stumbling block to those responding to a call to the priesthood or consecrated life today. If we want priestly and religious vocations in the Church, people need to step up and support worthy aspirants. Monetary assistance is just as vital as spiritual support. I applaud the efforts of The Laboure Society to assist those individuals who wish to give themselves totally to Christ and to serve His Church.
Michael D. Wick, Executive Director, The Institute on Religious Life