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Grants & Scholarship

The Sister Eileen Flanagan Scholarship
This scholarship was initiated in 1998 in honor of the memory of Sister Eileen Flanagan. The annual scholarship is given to a catechetical or youth ministry leader or catechist for one graduate course, for credit or audit, at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Albany. This scholarship is awarded each May at Spring Enrichment. Applicants must be currently involved in catechetical ministry or youth ministry in the Diocese of Albany, must demonstrate an enthusiasm for their ministry, and a commitment to ongoing formation and certification. 

Rev. Robert W. Taylor Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Rev. Robert W. Taylor, a priest of the Diocese of Albany who was the pastor of St. Margaret Mary's Church in Albany, and to enable urban and rural youth to participate in diocesan, state, and national youth ministry events. This merit and need based Scholarship is available to high school age youth who are active participants in their faith community, demonstrate a commitment to Christian service, and who are recommended by the pastor/parish life director and catechetical/youth ministry leader of their parish. Contact David Stagliano .

Capital Campaign – Catholic Faith Formation Endowment
This endowment is due to the generosity of the people and parishes of the Diocese of Albany during the Capital Campaign Fund Drive. The money allocated to for this grant is to be used in two ways:

  1. For parish grants to develop and/or enhance catechetical, youth ministry or family programs in their parish(es) to insure a comprehensive faith formation program for children, youth, adults, and families. 
  1. For scholarships for formation and certification for catechetical and youth ministry leaders enrollment and participation in courses, in-services, workshops and conferences. 

The interest from the endowment will be dispersed annually through an application process administered by the Director of Catholic Faith Formation and Education and the Capital Campaign Grant Committee. The scholarships and grants are awarded annually. For more information, contact David Amico 

Capital Campaign – Endowment for Leadership Formation
This endowment is due to the generous donations to the Capital Campaign 2000. The money allocated for this grant is to be used for Leadership Formation and skills development. There are three types of Grants: Individual, Parish and Group.

Individuals who currently serve as staff or volunteers in a parish, Local Catholic Community of Diocesan Office can apply for monies toward courses, in-services, workshops and conferences of a local or national nature.

Parishes can take advantage of funds for a parish training program or a group of parishioners to attend the Autumn Gathering or Spring Enrichment.

We encourage collaboration so that Groups could enhance existing programs or develop something new. These larger grants need the support of parish/office leaders and involve an evaluation.

For more information, contact Fr. Joe O'Brien at Joseph.OBrien@rcda.org or by phone at (518) 731-8800