St. Catherine awards 67 mini-grants for NCSW events

ST. PAUL, MINN. – The National Catholic Sisters Week team at St. Catherine University is pleased to announce it is awarding mini-grants to 67 applicants across the country to support local events celebrating women religious. The mini grants will enable the message of NCSW to travel in broader, more robust ways.

Recipients range from Pittsburgh to Santa Cruz, from Dubuque to San Antonio, from Charlotte to Chicago. Their events will honor a host of religious communities: Dominicans, Franciscans and Benedictines; Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Charity and Sisters of Providence; Presentation Sisters and Visitation Sisters; Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus and Marianist Sisters. Other grants are centered on a college, coalition or council.

“We are delighted by the breadth and scope of programming being planned by our grant recipients,” said Director Molly Hazelton, who is based at St. Catherine University and discussed the proposals in the latest episode of SisterStory Presents:

Ideas for grant-funded NCSW events cover a wide spectrum, Hazelton said – from retreats and panels to exhibits and service projects. One grant will help bring about a flash mob at the Mall of America (“Religious Rock The Mall”). Another event, simply called “Sewing with the Sisters,” will fund the cost of fabric and invite lay people to make habits for a local community. “Sisters Supporting Sustainability,” meanwhile, will work with an eco-village in St. Louis to install a bat-house and a bee-house.

Stay tuned for more stories about 2017 NCSW grant recipients. Prepare to be inspired!  

About Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Twenty Something,” which appears in more than 50 Catholic newspapers across the country. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, America, The Chicago Tribune, The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press. She also provides contracted editing and writing services. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University.