Nearly 50 founding members of the Diocese of Allentown’s Catholic Women’s Society of Giving joined Bishop Schlert for Mass at St. Mary Parish in Hamburg recently.
In the spirit of St. Catharine of Siena, members of the society contributed more than $16,000 since launching the effort last fall. It’s based on a similar program in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
After Mass, society members heard presentations from local community organizations and service projects eligible to receive grants.
“Our grants go to Catholic faith-based organizations serving in the Diocese of Allentown,” explained Pam Russo, a member of the executive committee. “Volunteers review initial applications. From there, members vote on a slate of finalists that we all meet and hear from in person.”
“This has been organized and run from start to finish by the amazing women of our Diocese,” said Bishop Schlert. “I am deeply grateful for their work, their generosity and their example. The Catholic Women’s Society of Giving is truly a ministry that makes it possible for our entire Roman Catholic family of faith to bring the Light of Christ to each other and to our community.”
Among the organization represented were Kolbe Academy, the nation’s first Catholic high school for students battling addiction; and Catholic Charities, which provides vital services for thousands of individuals and families in the five counties of the Diocese.
To join the society or for more information, visit allentowndiocese.org/womensgiving or call the Office of Stewardship and Development at 1-800-831-4443.