Only One Purpose
The Sacred Heart Foundation exists for only one purpose...to help create new
priests by providing educational support to seminarians of the Missionaries
of the Sacred Heart. It is critically important for the Catholic laity
to do its part to help address the growing shortage of priests. In
addition to encouraging young men to consider a vocation to the priesthood,
it is equally important for the laity to help young seminarians financially.
Annual Scholarships to Create More Priests
The Sacred Heart Foundation works to increase its endowment each year so as
to provide increasing scholarship funds to young men studying for the
In 2012, the Foundation awarded $68,000 in scholarships to
70 seminarians studying to be Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in the United
States and throughout the world.
This year the Foundation awarded $72,000. This
included scholarships for 44 students in 7 provinces and support for MSC
Formation leaders to attend a special Conference to discuss coordination
efforts and processes for formation of future priests.
Many of today's ordained MSC's
received financial support in the form of Foundation scholarships.
Often a young seminarian may come from a family of modest means and
scholarship support is essential in covering the expense of nine years of
post-high school education.
The Scholarship Society
Since its origin in 1967, the Sacred Heart Foundation has granted thousands
of dollars in scholarships. To provide this support, the Foundation
depends on the generosity of its members and other supporters.
Particularly important has been the support of members of the Scholarship
Society. Each member of the Scholarship Society has contributed
$15,000 or more to the Foundation and has thereby endowed an annual
scholarship of at least $1,000. These annual scholarships are named
after the giver or in memory of another person of their choosing.
All Support Appreciated
Any level of contribution to the Sacred Heart Foundation is very much needed
and very much appreciated. All givers to the Foundation can take
important satisfaction in having helped to address the critical worldwide
shortage of Catholic priests by helping financially in the creation of new