MARQUETTE - The Catholic Diocese of Marquette has been awarded a Catholic Home Missions grant for 2014.
The $45,000 grant is being used to support the following diocesan ministries: $33,700 for The U.P. Catholic newspaper, $6,800 for prison ministry, and $4,500 for the Ecclesial Ministry Institute.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions approved over $8.4 million in grant funding in areas like faith formation, diocesan and parish assistance, priestly and religious vocations, cultural diversity, life and dignity of the human person, and strengthening marriage and family life.
The grants are financed through the annual fund-raising campaign known as the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Catholic parishes throughout the Upper Peninsula will take up a collection for this appeal the weekend of April 26-27.
Money from the appeal helps home mission dioceses across the United States and in several U.S. territories face challenges in ministering to their people due to their geography and the poverty of those they serve.
Bishop Peter Christensen of Superior, Wis. is the chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions.