Last Wednesday, I visited Sacred Heart Seminary near Milwaukee, WI where Deacon Dan Kostelc is studying. The following day, I drove to Mundelein Seminary near Chicago where I visited seminarians Seth Hostetler and Lee Noel. I had a great visit at both places, and the seminary staff members spoke highly of our men who are preparing for priestly ministry.
On Friday, I was in Chicago for a meeting of the Board of Directors of Catholic Extension. Every year the Diocese of Cheyenne receives grant monies from Catholic Extension for a variety of ministries. For example, over the next five years they will provide $100,000 a year to fund the salaries and benefits of the three Sisters from the Esclavas de la Inmaculada Niña from Mexico City, who are serving in the Casper area. They are Sisters Josefina Guzman Ayala, Alejandra Austria Garcia and Imelda Muñoz Hernández. In addition, Catholic Extension awarded the Diocese a five-year grant to cover the cost of tuition, room and board for seminarian Seth Hostetler; this is valued at approximately $35,000 per year.
Every year, Catholic Extension gives an award to one person who shines like the Light of Christ in his or her ministry. The Lumen Christi award this year went to Mack McCarter in the Diocese of Shreveport. See this link for his amazing story: Lumen Christi.