Turning appreciation into action

To hear their reactions brought waves of excitement.

Notifying recipients that they had been selected to receive a 2016 mini-grant to host an event honoring women religious as part of National Catholic Sisters Week was a fun job for Director Molly Hazelton.

Some told her they’d never expected such a grant to come through, to even exist. Others said it was an answer to prayer, a sign that the Holy Spirit was at work. And in the coming months, many explained how the grant provided a crucial burst of momentum – whether it helped launch a small business, energized a group of weary sisters or sparked other ideas.  

In a word, the mini-grant recipients were full of gratitude.

And on a deeper level, the heart of the mini-grant program is an expression of gratitude for women religious. It turns appreciation into action.

From there, a ripple effect ensues: Appreciation generates more good works. “Thanksgiving,” Ann Voskamp famously wrote in her bestselling book 1000 Gifts, “always precedes the miracle.”

Now’s your chance to get in on the gratitude movement! Applications for 2017 NCSW mini-grants are being accepted through Nov. 15. (Access the application here.) You can start small; just find a way, however simple, to honor a Catholic sister you appreciate. Then prepare for the blessings to flow!

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.