Clergy Family Initiative

Clergy Family Initiative Fact Sheet

  1. Our Purpose:  to create, support and affect the Archdiocese network for Clergy, Clergy Families, lay leaders and ministry professionals to enhance ministerial excellence and a healthy Clergy family.
  2. Our Goal: to create more comprehensive programs for Clergy families, Clergy teams, and parishes, based on our research.
  3. To Provide greater financial knowledge and advocating for best practices for pastoral and lay leaders to continually enhance plans for Clergy support in meeting economic challenges.
  4. To help our Priests to offer their whole selves to Christ even more profoundly – for them to continually be growing healthier and stronger spiritually, physically, mentally, and financially.
  5. To understand and communicate that financial pressures undermine the effectiveness of the Priest.
  6. To offer Ministerial Excellence Grants to eligible Clergy, up to $10,000.
  7. To continue to offer assistance and supportive programming to Clergy and Clergy families, adapting to needs in a proactive manner.

As of December 2023, 93 Clergy have received Ministerial Excellence Grants for a total of $920,501.17. There are 14 active participants on the waiting list. In addition, the Clergy Family Initiative ministered to Clergy families who were severely suffering due to the Pandemic, offering $250,000 in Covaid Grants.

“It has been shown that this program benefits the financial health and well-being of the Priest and his family, and by extension, their parishes and parishioners.”
  - His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

 

 

We invite you all to view the Clergy Family Initiative video of your particular Metropolis.

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We encourage the beloved Clergy of our Archdiocese to apply for the Clergy Family Initiative Financial Literacy and Grant Program.

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It is our heartfelt prayer that, as Parish Lay Leaders, you will learn more about the ministry of your Priest, and his personal challenges, and the need to grow as co-workers in sharing the Ministry of Christ.

 

It has been shown that this program benefits the financial health and well-being of the priest and his family, and by extension, their parishes and parishioners."

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

 

The Clergy Family Initiative Parish Council Training Videos