Grant money available for Beyond Career to Calling projects

Grant money available for Beyond Career to Calling projects

Several years ago, the University of St. Thomas received a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment as part of a nationwide effort to stimulate a theological exploration of the idea of vocation on college campuses. This grant project, Beyond Career to Calling, has enabled the university to initiate or support more than 35 different programs on campus, ranging from student retreats and internships, to symposia and workshops for faculty and staff, to international conferences.

As part of this larger project, the Ireland Fund for New Initiatives encourages new faculty or staff programs and activities that support the objectives of Beyond Career to Calling. You are asked to consider developing a proposal and applying for funding through this grant program.

Beyond Career to Calling has three principal themes, and proposals could address any of them. The first concerns the priesthood and religious life. Projects focused on this theme help students consider the possibility of such a vocation in the Church.

The second theme concerns vocation in a larger sense. Projects focusing of this theme take a variety of forms but their purpose is to help students think about their lives as an integrated whole, especially in terms of integrating faith with career preparation.

The third theme concerns reflection among faculty and staff on the vocation of the University of St. Thomas itself; that is, how we live out our institutional vocation as a Catholic university.

All faculty and staff are invited to apply for one of these grants. Please visit the