Heart of Mercy Endowment
Diocese of Madison
The Heart of Mercy Endowment (HOME) provides perpetual assistance to ministries addressing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in the Diocese of Madison. The fund was established at the urging of Pope Francis to memorialize the Year of Mercy.. Distributions from the fund enable the Bishop of Madison to support organizations spreading mercy throughout the Diocese.
Grants support prison ministry, food pantries, St. Vincent De Paul councils, homeless resource centers and shelters, addiction and mental health centers, and many other programs responding to the immediate needs of our brothers and sisters.
In 2021, the Heart of Mercy Endowment is highlighting St. Elizabeth of Hungary. St. Elizabeth was born into royalty but chose a simple life of service and prayer. Her family looked down on her generosity to the poor and squandering royal money and eventually, they threw her out of court. She is known for her spirit of giving and bringing bread to the poor. And has become the patron saint of bakers. Many of the HOME grants in 2021 will focus on the works of mercy: Feeding the Hungry and Forgiving Offenses Willingly.