MOUNT CARMEL – Our Sunday Visitor Institute, headquartered in Huntington, Ind., has awarded a $6,000 grant to the Mother Maria Kaupas Center to support Catholic youth and young adult volunteer programs there.
One of the goals of the new center is to empower Catholic youth to become more actively engaged in society, using their understanding of Catholic social teaching in their work to improve communities. The grant will fund scholarships, which will be awarded on a competitive basis to volunteer groups.
The institute is a legacy of the late Archbishop John Francis Noll, who founded “Our Sunday Visitor,” a national Catholic newspaper. Noll’s lifetime mission was to educate Catholic laity in the faith and advance the culture of life in society.
The Kaupas Center, located at 412 W. Avenue, is a ministry of Divine Redeemer Church. The center, which was dedicated in April, is inspired by the work of Mother Maria Kaupas. Kaupas, who came to the United States from Lithuania, founded the Sisters of Saint Casimir and established Holy Cross School in Mount Carmel more than 100 years ago. Kaupas, who died in 1940, has been declared Venerable, the first step on the path to being declared a saint
In addition to assisting local students in meeting service requirements for confirmation, the center hopes to work with college campus ministry programs to provide opportunities for community engagement and volunteering in the area.