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12 March 4, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC DIOCESAN ANNUAL REPORT www.upcatholic.org Totus Tuus among the programs receiving endowment grants Dewitt Church Goods Inc. Restore the beauty of your tabernacle. Call today! Toll Free 1-866-950-3378 BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Legacy of Faith Endowment Foundation of the Diocese of Marquette (LOF) is becoming an increasingly vital part of enhancing the ministries of the Church in the Upper Peninsula, according to Terri Gadzinski, diocesan director of development. Established in 1999 by Bishop James Garland, LOF supports Cath- olic schools, parish faith formation programs, Catholic Social Services and the Catholic Action Fund. Since its inception, LOF has approved more than $2.3 million in grants, provid- ing a stable base of funding that has directly helped each of the 94 par- ishes and missions and nine Catholic schools in the diocese. Every year our Catholic schools receive grants to use as they see fit. More and more grants are made to parishes to enhance faith formation offerings, said Gadzinski. In the last year, Gadzinski noted, parishes and missions have received LOF funding to help offer adult continuing faith formation programs such as Symbol- on, Chosen, and Beloved. LOF funds help high school stu- dents attend the annual Steubenville youth conference. While Totus Tuus, a summer faith forma- tion program for K-12 students, is aimed at youth and receives LOF grants, Gadzins- ki pointed out that it also has a broader parish and community impact. She said the young, vibrant col- lege-aged missionaries that staff Totus Tuus are having a positive impact on parish communities through their interaction not only with the youth, but with host families and parishioners that provide meals and work with them. Last year more than 1,000 people were involved with Totus Tuus at 12 host sites with 48 parishes and missions participating. With the help of LOF grants, Cath- olic Social Services every year can serve people who otherwise would not be able to pay for counseling services. The Catholic Action Fund supports emerging or essen- tial ministries as determined by the bishop. When all fees for marriage annulments were dropped in 2015 by Bishop John Doerfler, LOF provided an $8,000 sub- sidy to help with the costs. During the last fiscal year, 37 new cases were opened in the marriage tribunal. Other ministries receiving LOF grants through the Catholic Action Fund include training eight teams for Enthronements of homes to the Sacred Heart, and homiletic resourc- es given by Bishop Doerfler to all the diocesan priests at their annual convocation. It is encouraging to see the many faith formation programs and in- dividuals leading these programs throughout our diocese, said Joe Carlson, LOF board president and principal of Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba. These individ- uals are the true lifeblood of the di- ocese. However, it is the grants from the Legacy of Faith Endowment that support these individuals and help to make these programs financially possible. Thank you to all of these individual throughout the diocese leading these programs, and to all of you that have given to the Legacy of Faith Endowment. To learn more about LOF, visit www.dioceseofmarquette.org/lega- cyoffaith or contact Terri Gadzinski by telephone at (906) 227-9108 or by email at tgadzinski@dioceseofmar- quette.org. COURTESY PHOTO Members of the 2015 Totus Tuus teams stop for a moment to take a selfie with Father Ben Hasse, coordinator of Totus Tuus in the diocese. The Totus Tuus program is brought to several of the parishes and missions in the diocese with the assistance of Legacy of Faith grants.

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