U.P. Catholic Foundation makes first distributions

Msgr. Michael Steber receives the first distribution check from the St. Peter Cathedral Fund from U.P. Catholic Foundation director Terri Gadzinski, left. The money is being used to help fund the Youth Ministry position, for which Katelyn McKeen, at right, was recently hired.
Principal Joe Carlson receives the first distribution check from the Holy Name Catholic School Staff Support Endowment Fund from U.P. Catholic Foundation board member Pat Rudden. The money will supplement teacher salaries and professional development.

The recently formed U.P. Catholic Foundation made its first distributions totaling $389,800. The foundation provides for the financial stability of parishes, missions, Catholic schools and other Catholic causes in the Diocese of Marquette. “Some funds previously held by the diocese were moved into the foundation, like the Legacy of Faith and Seminarian Endowment Fund and a few others have been newly established in the foundation,” said Terri Gadzinski, executive director. Eleven distributions were made, with the largest of just over $300,000 going to Legacy of Faith, which benefits Catholic Schools in the diocese, parish faith formation programs and Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula. In addition, Catholic Action grants are available for new and emerging ministries, or to boost under-funded ministries. Other distributions include those made to benefit the education of seminarians in the diocese, to provide financial support for St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette and to two Catholic schools, Bishop Baraga Catholic School in Iron Mountain and Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba.