Fund Purposes

Education & Catholic Schools

St. Dennis Catholic Education - Madison


St. Dennis Catholic School provides a quality education where students are treated with love, compassion, and justice by integrating Catholic values in all aspects of school life. St. Dennis Parish invites and encourages all to live a faith-filled journey with Jesus Christ. St. Dennis Catholic Education Endowment provides financial support to the operating expenses of both the St. Dennis Catholic School and Catholic religious education programs serving the parish.




St. John Bosco Tuition Assistance - Parish Schools


The tuition assistance endowment provides financial support to families seeking a Catholic education at a Diocese of Madison Catholic parish grade school (K-8). Tuition grants are distributed to parochial schools based on the greatest need as determined by the CDMF’s Grant Review Committee. The St. John Bosco Tuition Assistance Fund advocates for the importance of Catholic education in our community by making it more accessible for families in need.




John Paul Cullen Memorial Scholarship - Janesville


The John Paul Cullen Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established to provide scholarship or tuition assistance to financially distressed families seeking a Catholic education. The endowment assists families seeking a Catholic education at St. John Vianney, Cure of Ars Catholic School, in Janesville.




St. Ann - Stoughton


St. Ann Parish has a long-standing history of faith formation for its congregation. St. Ann’s puts emphasis on life-long formation providing resources and a multitude of opportunities for Catholic education. The St. Ann Parish Endowment supports the parish’s mission to promote lifelong Catholic education. Donating to this endowment will provide supplemental funding for its multiple programs and services.




St. Clare Parish & St. Victor School - Monroe


St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Monroe, Wisconsin was founded in the mid-1800s and the accompanying St. Victor School was founded in 1916. St. Clare Parish instills the Catholic identity in all ages, providing its parishioners with both youth and adult formation. St. Victor School puts emphasis on spiritual, intellectual, and social development of its students. The St. Clare of Assisi Parish and St. Victor School Endowment provides supplemental funding for the school's and parish's programs and services.




St. John Vianney - Janesville


St. John Vianney Catholic School promotes Christ-like living in all they do. Their mission is to provide opportunities for spiritual, intellectual, and moral growth for each of their students. St. John Vianney partners with the faith community and school parents in order to give a well-rounded Catholic education to its students. The St. John Vianney, Cure of Ars School Endowment provides support to their mission to promote Catholic education and studies by providing supplemental funding for tis programs and services.




St. Joseph - Baraboo


St. Joseph Catholic School was founded in the early 1900’s by the parish families of Baraboo. St. Joseph Parish proclaims the good news of the Kingdom of God through the celebration of the sacred mysteries, proclaiming and teaching God’s Word, and serving the needs of the parish and the community. The school continues these values in the community’s future generations. The St. Joseph Catholic School of Baraboo Endowment Fund provides support and assistance to the school in Baraboo and its mission by providing supplemental funding for its programs and services.




St. Mary - Bloomington


In 1913 the families of St. Mary’s in Bloomington, Wisconsin, invited Franciscan Sisters to open St. Mary’s School, and teach the loving compassion of God. Today, the staff and teachers at St. Mary’s happily share the Catholic faith by supporting family values and delivering the best education possible for every child in their care. Ranging from 4-year old Kindergarten to Eighth Grade, St. Mary’s mission is to instill Catholic values into its students and families. The St. Mary Parish School Endowment Fund promotes religious and educational studies at St. Mary by providing supplemental funding for its programs and services.




St. Peter - Ashton


Founded in 1866, St. Peter’s is dedicated to continuing the strong tradition of Catholic education, academic excellence, and the formation of morals, values, and the Faith, in a Christ-centered community. The St. Peter’s Catholic School Endowment Fund provides supplemental funding for its programs and services.





Parishes

Cathedral Parish - Madison


The Cathedral Parish of the Diocese of Madison, consists of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, St. Patrick Catholic Church and the former St. Raphael Cathedral. The Cathedral Parish has a long history of community support and it continues to be a hub of stewardship in the diocese. A gift to the Cathedral Parish of St. Raphael Endowment supports the Cathedral Parish with assistance to parish life and capital maintenance.




Queen of All Saints - Fennimore


The Queen of All Saints Congregation Endowment Fund was established to benefit the Queen of All Saints Parish serving the faithful in Grant County, Wisconsin, located in the western part of the Diocese of Madison. The endowment offers ongoing assistance to the faithful through the many programs and services provided by the parish.




Ralph Ringelstetter Memorial (Divine Mercy Parish) - Sauk City


Ralph was a dedicated Catholic and long-time parishioner of Divine Mercy, graduating from St. Aloysius Catholic School in 1950. He and his wife, Ruth, along with their four children, were devoted members of both the parish and the community of Sauk County. Ralph frequently helped out around the church and school during his retirement, offering his expertise in repairs and building. Ralph passed away on May 1, 2018, but his legacy will continue for years to come with this memorial fund established by his generosity The Ralph Ringelstetter Memorial Fund provides funding for programs and services at Divine Mercy Parish in Sauk City.




St. Mary of Pine Bluff


St. Mary Pine Bluff Catholic Church is a faith-filled community rooted in the Catholic Tradition and dedicated to the discipleship of Christ. This community puts faith into action through its worship, teaching, and serving of others. Its mission is to build a community of love of God and for the members of St. Mary. St. Mary provides continual Catholic education from pre-K to adult formation bible studies. This endowment supports St. Mary’s congregation and its faith mission through supplemental funding for its programs and services.




St. Michael the Archangel - Mt. Horeb


In recent years, St. Michael the Archangel Parish was formed through the merger of St. Ignatius in Mt. Horeb and Holy Redeemer in Perry. Both churches have a rich history and are forging a new future together. This fund provides support for the parish community.




St. Olaf - DeForest


In 1948, 28 families gathered together to give their support to the establishing of a church in DeForest. St. Olaf’s is now a vibrant Catholic community of over 800 families. The St. Olaf Parish Endowment Fund supports Catholic faith formation and education.




St. Thomas Aquinas General - Madison


Established in 1958 on the far west side of Madison, WI, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church has grown to nearly 1500 families. With wise planning, the charter members designed a facility prepared to grow. Today, St. Thomas Aquinas’s congregation joyfully serves a vibrant community. The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Congregation Fund gives support and assistance to St. Thomas Aquinas congregation’s mission to support Christ and his Church. Donating to this endowment provides supplemental funding for the congregation’s programs and services.




St. Thomas Aquinas Capital Improvement (Make Disciples Capital Campaign) - Madison


The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Congregation Capital Improvement Endowment is part of the upcoming “Make Disciples Capital Campaign.” This campaign has three priorities – to repair and upgrade the current building, to improve the education wing, and to establish this endowment that will provide support for capital improvement needs of the parish in the coming years. Any gifts made to this endowment will be used for future building and maintenance upgrades following the end of the campaign itself.




St. Clare Parish & St. Victor School - Monroe


St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Monroe, Wisconsin was founded in the mid-1800s and the accompanying St. Victor School was founded in 1916. St. Clare Parish instills the Catholic identity in all ages, providing its parishioners with both youth and adult formation. St. Victor School puts emphasis on spiritual, intellectual, and social development of its students. The St. Clare of Assisi Parish and St. Victor School Endowment provides supplemental funding for the school's and parish's programs and services.




Pope Saint John Paul II Cathedral


In 2005, an arsonist set the St. Raphael Cathedral afire and the blaze spread from the choir loft throughout the church. The church was torn down because of the extensive damages. Until funds for the new Cathedral are secured and construction begins, the Bishop of the Diocese of Madison utilizes larger parish sites for various diocesan events. A new Cathedral will be designed to accommodate the large congregations at diocesan celebrations. A gift to the Pope Saint John Paul II Cathedral Fund helps provide financing for the construction, improvement, and maintenance of the future Cathedral for the Diocese of Madison. The fund is fully expendable.





Legacy and Family

Bishop Robert C. Morlino Memorial - Cathedral Building


Bishop Robert C. Morlino, 4th Bishop of Madison, passed away Saturday, November 24th, 2018. A fund was established to memorialize the legacy of the late Bishop Robert C. Morlino, with a primary intention of erecting a chapel and crypt within the future Diocese of Madison cathedral building. The crypt would be intended to represent the architectural design envisioned by the late Bishop Robert C. Morlino, suitable for a cathedral building, and house his tomb along with any past or future Bishops of the Diocese of Madison. A gift to the Bishop Robert C. Morlino Memorial Fund helps provide financing for the construction of a bishops’ chapel and crypt within the future Cathedral for the Diocese of Madison.




John J. Karsten Memorial - Platteville


John’s parents set up the John J. Karsten Memorial Endowment to allow his spirit of faithfulness and service as a “prayer warrior” to live on in the Platteville parishes. Specifically, this fund is used to assist people with disabilities and their families. Grants are awarded by the pastor of St. Mary's in Platteville. "John would like the idea that good works will continue to be done in his name in his hometown. We are grateful to the Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation for providing us with such a meaningful way to honor our son.” – Marge Karsten




John Paul Cullen Memorial Scholarship - Janesville


The John Paul Cullen Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established to provide scholarship or tuition assistance to financially distressed families seeking a Catholic education. The endowment assists families seeking a Catholic education at St. John Vianney, Cure of Ars Catholic School, in Janesville.




Mary Catherine Matuska Pro-Life


The Mary Catherine Matuska Pro-Life Endowment supports parish and community-based pro-life activities in memory of Mary and her great love of caring for mothers and children. Mary was a long-time statewide pro-life leader who passed away in 2019. The fund provides grants to pro-life activities including advocacy against abortion, healing ministries, prayer groups, and other related efforts that build a greater appreciation for the sanctity of life. Grant applications are reviewed by the CDMF’s Grant Review Committee.




McDonald Family Matthew 25: 31-46 - Rock County


The McDonald Family Matthew 25: 31-46 Endowment Fund provides assistance for corporal works of mercy, as referenced in the Gospel of Matthew 25: 31-46, performed within Rock County. Grants are awarded to Rock County Catholic parishes each year, who directly fulfill corporal works of mercy through their ministries and outreach. Grant applications are reviewed by the CDMF’s Grant Review Committee.




Ralph Ringelstetter Memorial (Divine Mercy Parish) - Sauk City


Ralph was a dedicated Catholic and long-time parishioner of Divine Mercy, graduating from St. Aloysius Catholic School in 1950. He and his wife, Ruth, along with their four children, were devoted members of both the parish and the community of Sauk County. Ralph frequently helped out around the church and school during his retirement, offering his expertise in repairs and building. Ralph passed away on May 1, 2018, but his legacy will continue for years to come with this memorial fund established by his generosity The Ralph Ringelstetter Memorial Fund provides funding for programs and services at Divine Mercy Parish in Sauk City.




St. John Bosco Tuition Assistance - Parish Schools


The tuition assistance endowment provides financial support to families seeking a Catholic education at a Diocese of Madison Catholic parish grade school (K-8). Tuition grants are distributed to parochial schools based on the greatest need as determined by the CDMF’s Grant Review Committee. The St. John Bosco Tuition Assistance Fund advocates for the importance of Catholic education in our community by making it more accessible for families in need. Make a Gift




Maier Family Endowment for Rural Catholic Life


The Maier Family Endowment for Rural Catholic Life Fund provides support to parishes and ministries addressing the needs of rural Catholic life in the Diocese of Madison through annual grants.





Ministries & Apostolates

Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities


The mission of the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities is to minister as Christ ministered: seeing beyond disability to ability, nurturing and challenging each person’s abilities, and advocating on behalf of all of the disabled. This mission is achieved through many services, including events, TV Masses, and Grant programs. This endowment provides support and assistance to the programs the Apostolate serves.




John J. Karsten Memorial - Platteville


John’s parents set up the John J. Karsten Memorial Endowment to allow his spirit of faithfulness and service as a “prayer warrior” to live on in the Platteville parishes. Specifically, this fund is used to assist people with disabilities and their families. Grants are awarded by the pastor of St. Mary's in Platteville. "John would like the idea that good works will continue to be done in his name in his hometown. We are grateful to the Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation for providing us with such a meaningful way to honor our son.” – Marge Karsten




Mary Catherine Matuska Pro-Life


The Mary Catherine Matuska Pro-Life Endowment supports parish and community-based pro-life activities in memory of Mary and her great love of caring for mothers and children. Mary was a long-time statewide pro-life leader who passed away in 2019. The fund provides grants to pro-life activities including advocacy against abortion, healing ministries, prayer groups, and other related efforts that build a greater appreciation for the sanctity of life. Grant applications are reviewed by the CDMF’s Grant Review Committee.




McDonald Family Matthew 25: 31-46 - Rock County


The McDonald Family Matthew 25: 31-46 Endowment Fund provides assistance for corporal works of mercy, as referenced in the Gospel of Matthew 25: 31-46, performed within Rock County. Grants are awarded to Rock County Catholic parishes each year, who directly fulfill corporal works of mercy through their ministries and outreach. Grant applications are reviewed by the CDMF’s Grant Review Committee.




Heart of Mercy (HOME)


The Heart of Mercy Endowment (HOME) provides perpetual assistance to ministries addressing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in the Diocese of Madison. Distributions from the fund enable the Bishop of Madison to support organizations spreading mercy throughout the Diocese. Distributions support prison ministry, food pantries, St. Vincent De Paul councils, homeless shelters, addiction and mental health centers, and many other programs responding to the immediate needs of our brothers and sisters.




Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Madison


The St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) mission is to help our neighbors in need. They live out this call by providing support through a local food pantry, charitable pharmacy, housing programs, and clothing and food vouchers. The fund provides financial assistance to the District Council of Madison, Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Distributions from the fund support operating needs, programs, and services as directed by the Executive Director of the Society of SVdP, Madison.




Catholic Multicultural Center - Madison


The Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC) is dedicated to helping our brothers and sisters in need by serving the whole person. We accomplish this mission by meeting immediate needs, providing educational services, and offering spiritual and cultural activities to recognize and respect the dignity of each person. The fund provides financial assistance to the CMC in its mission to provide for the poor, needy, migrants and minorities, recalling its historical basis in the St. Martin de Porres House and Centro Guadalupe. The Fund’s distributions support the CMC’s general operating needs, programs, and services.




Maier Family Endowment for Rural Catholic Life


The Maier Family Endowment for Rural Catholic Life Fund provides support to parishes and ministries addressing the needs of rural Catholic life in the Diocese of Madison through annual grants.





Vocations

Priests for Our Future


Priests for Our Future puts emphasis on the increasing need for vocations in the Diocese of Madison. This allows formation of seminarians in the four pillars of priestly formation: the human, the intellectual, the spiritual, and the pastoral. The purpose of the endwment is for educating, training, and forming seminarians who are preparing to be priests of the Diocese. In particular, funds may supplement the annual costs of tuition, room and board, health insurance, living expenses, and travel expenses incurred by seminarians of the Diocese and to support the work of the Office of Vocations in promoting vocations in and from the Diocese, especially the recruitment, education, training, and forming of men for priesthood for the Diocese.