Monday, April 27, 2009

Overcoming a major vocation obstacle: The Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations

Student loans. They come in handy for college, but can become a major obstacle for those aspiring to the religious life. Here is an apostolate helping to overcome this challenge.

From the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocation's Mission Statement:

As part of the vow of poverty, a person who enters religious life must be debt-free. If you have no financial assets, you have no way to make monthly payments on any kind of loan. Most vibrant religious orders have no assets to spare for assisting their aspirants with their debts. What little they have must be allocated to feeding and housing their members. Many religious orders are mendicant and beg for their daily sustenance.

Most aspirants to religious life have no trouble clearing their personal debt: selling a car to pay off the car loan, working to pay down credit card debt. But the average student loan runs in the tens of thousands of dollars and presents a greater obstacle.

The average aspirant to religious life who has attended college faces a student loan balance of $30,000 which must be paid in just months rather than the 20 years originally intended.

As a result, an aspirant's entrance is delayed, sometimes for many years. Consider the impoverishment to the Church in terms of years of lost consecration and sacrifice for our Lord.

It is our mission to eliminate the obstacle an aspirant's student loans present to answering his vocation.
A notion I'm sure is inspired by the Holy Spirit! Do visit the group's website.