More than $37,000 was distributed during 2008 to 90 seminarians studying for 12 dioceses in the upper Midwest.
The Catholic Aid Association’s Rev. Msgr. Richard J. Schuler Seminarian Charitable Trust distributed grants to 24 men studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Grants of $500 were given to 51 major seminarians and $300 grants were given to 39 minor seminarians.
The grants help the men with small day-to-day expenses, such as going to a movie, paying a medical co-pay or having some work done on a vehicle. Because of their rigorous schedules, it is almost impossible for seminarians to earn an income during their years of formation to the priesthood.
Paul Naumann, executive director of the trust, said that two large donations totaling $42,000 this year helped to make the grants possible.
The Schuler Trust has met its mission of assisting men on the path to priesthood thanks to donations from 1,545 individuals, totaling $534,878.
The fund was endowed in 1996 to honor Msgr. Schuler, the late pastor of St. Agnes in St. Paul, for his longtime recruitment of men to the priesthood. The trust began offering grants in 1998.
Since then, 527 men have received $221,350.
To learn more about the Schuler Trust, call (877) 275-7145, or visit www.catholicaid.org.