MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Nearly $390,000 have been distributed across the Upper Peninsula in support of Catholic ministries in 2017. This is just the beginning as The Upper Peninsula Catholic Foundation, Inc. has only recently been established. In its first year of operations, eleven funds were started, or moved, into the Foundation.
Rooted in the faith brought by early missionaries to the original people of the U.P. in the 1600s, the charitable organization’s mission is to establish and grow permanent endowment funds for the long-term support of Catholic ministries in the Diocese of Marquette.
One of the fund holders is St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. The parish finance council designated the distribution from their endowment fund to hire a new youth minister. “It’s been four or five years since we had someone on staff for youth ministry,” commented Msgr. Michael Steber, rector of St. Peter Cathedral. The Cathedral’s new youth minister, Katelyn McKeen, said she hopes to build relationships with the young people, helping them to feel that their faith is not a requirement, but something to be lived out and shared with others.
The UPCF has released its first Annual Report and audited financial statements. The report, titled “Rooted in Christ,” covers the period Jan. 15, 2016 (inception) through June 30, 2017. The full report and financial statements can be viewed at www.upcatholicfoundation.org.
For more information contact Terri Gadzinski, Executive Director by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 906-227-9108.