Heart of Mercy Endowment
Diocese of Madison
The Heart of Mercy Endowment provides perpetual assistance to ministries addressing Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in the Diocese of Madison. Grants from the fund's distribution enable the Bishop of Madison to support organizations spreading mercy throughout the Diocese.
In 2019, grants from the endowment assisted organizations such as Catholic Charities' The Beacon, a homeless day resource center; Hope Haven, assisting those suffering from addiction; St. Vincent de Paul parish conferences; and food pantries.
These funds help serve grieving families, migrant workers, the sick, and many others in every vicariate of the diocese.
The fund was established at the urging of Pope Francis to memorialize the Year of Mercy, the same year that St. Mother Teresa was canonized. The original name for the fund – the St. Mother Teresa Mercy Endowment Fund, took the holy woman as its patroness.
"We still very much ask the prayerful intercession of St. Mother Teresa as we endeavor
to grow the endowment in order to provide perpetual care of those most in need of mercy.
But the rebranding encourages us to turn in a direct way to THE Heart of Mercy, the Sacred Heart of Our Lord, from whom we receive the fullness of God’s grace and salvation, and to accentuate all of the beautiful examples of saints who showed His merciful love through their lives and works." - Bishop Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Madison
Having learned that the saint requested that her name
and likeness not be used for any fundraising, even charitable works, the fund has been rebranded simply as The Heart of Mercy.