Parishes receive Koch funding to support evangelisation and faith initiatives

11 Apr, 2024 | Church, News, World

Dioceses and parishes across the island of Ireland have been successfully securing funds for evangelisation and lay ministry projects of up to €18,000 from The Koch Foundation.  Monasterevin Parish in Kildare and Leighlin recently received a grant of €5,000 towards their Laudato Sí themed John Paul II awards, supporting twenty young people on their faith development journey through practical biodiversity and learning initiatives.

Céire Sadlier (pictured), grants officer for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference said, “I was thrilled when Father Liam Merrigan received news of the grant.  This is a great example of a parish taking the opportunity to get significant support from donors on their local evangelisation activities.  With support from The Koch Foundation, twenty young people will be engaged in an innovative, hands on programme that aims to deepen their faith and strengthen their sense of belonging and responsibility in their own parish, as well as contributing to creating a more sustainable parish.”

“I would encourage all parishes and dioceses to consider applying to The Koch Foundation.  The closing date is 1 May, however, we need to get started on the applications as soon as possible.  I would like to remind parishes and dioceses that I am here to help with all applications,” Céire concluded.

The Koch Foundation was established in February 1979, by Carl and Paula Koch.  Carl Koch believed he was “just a steward of the finances given by God to use on His behalf.”  This belief inspired the commitment he and his wife made to establish the Foundation.  The Koch Foundation continues to fulfil Carl Koch’s belief of supporting evangelisation of the Catholic faith worldwide.

To find out more about the Koch Foundation grants, contact Céire at [email protected], or visit The Koch Foundation website.



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