2016 Dei Gratia Celebration

The Catholic Foundation hosted its annual Dei Gratia celebration at St. Charles Preparatory School on June 28. Sister Patricia Twohill, OP, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace led the attendees in saying Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy prayer and dinner blessing, followed by remarks from Loren Brown, President & CEO of The Catholic Foundation.

“The Holy Father has called us to this time for mercy,” Brown said. “He prayed, ‘May [the Mother of God] obtain for us the grace to experience this Jubilee of Mercy as faithful and fruitful witnesses of Christ.’”

Brown went on to detail how The Catholic Foundation has been an expression of the faithful and fruitful witnesses of Christ for the needs of the Diocese of Columbus. In just the last year, the Foundation distributed about $10 million in grants, but Brown explained that God’s real mercy is upon the souls touched by the fruits through The Catholic Foundation. For example, 25 parishes will receive funding through The Catholic Foundation to hire youth ministers. In just the next 5 years, over 15,000 young souls from these parishes will build a relationship with Jesus Christ and carry that relationship with them for the rest of their lives.

Brown also discussed adult faith formation, stating that in this year alone, grants that help support adult faith formation programs will touch the souls of 72,000 individual adults in the diocese. Funding fromThe Catholic Foundation to help support just 3 diocesan seminarians, the supposed average in an ordination class, will bring God’s mercy to more than 250,000 parishioner souls affected by those future priests over the next 25 years. In keeping with the Year of Mercy, Brown also discussed support for Corporal Works of Mercy.

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2016 Dei Gratia Award. This year, the award honored the late Monsignor Anthony Borrelli for his diligent planning for the long-term care of his brother priests and other religious, as well as the general needs of the Diocese of Columbus. Monsignor Borrelli’s sister, Philomena Mastrovincenzo, and nieces, Ann Gigliotti and Rita Reinoso, were at the event to receive the award. Bishop Campbell and Father Dan Millisor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help each gave remarks about Monsignor Borrelli, both recalling fondly how he liked to ‘stir the pot.’

For more photos and video of the Dei Gratia celebration, please visit The Catholic Foundation’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/TheCatholicFoundation.