Fr. Roppolo was "a beloved priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans who ... had a pastoral heart and truly gave of his life in a collegial and collaborative way to strengthen the church among us" (Archbishop Gregory Aymond). The Fr. Ignatius M. Roppolo Memorial Endowment was established to honor Fr. Roppolo who served the sick and the poor and exercised collaborative leadership. He would have been inspired by Pope Francis's vision and would have wanted to discern ways of implementing it in his own parish and in the Archdiocese of New Orleans more widely.
Up to $1,000 will be given to up to five parishes each in the Archdiocese of New Orleans to support that parish in a project that implements Pope Francis's vision, that promotes lay-clergy collaboration, and that has a lasting impact on the parish. Projects could involve a workshop, a retreat, the purchase of books for a book-reading group, advocacy, a speaker, etc.
The Board of the Roppolo Memorial Endowment will assess proposals; all decisions of the Board will be final. Proposals will be judged on the extent to which they 1) are connected to Pope Francis's vision as expressed in an encyclical, exhortation, letter, speech, homily, book or other source by Pope Francis (please contact Sr. Maura O'Donovan, at firstname.lastname@example.org for any suggestions in this regard), 2) promote lay-clergy collaboration, and 3) make a difference in a parish. Representatives from parishes receiving awards will be asked to attend a conference on Saturday morning April 18 to report very briefly on their projects and to receive a plaque for display in the parish. Parishes will also be asked to complete this brief report: https://forms.gle/xAn4X35GGR2ByfQT8
After the awards are announced in December and upon receipt of a signed grant agreement, a check will be sent from the Ignatius Roppolo Memorial Endowment to the parish sponsoring each selected project. The parish will disburse the funds.
Timeline:Call for Proposals Distributed - August 15th, 2019
Proposal Due - October 1, 11:59 p.m.
Awards announced - October 15th
Projects completed, reports submitted - April 1, 2020
Results presented - Saturday April 18, 9 a.m.
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If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the Fr. Ignatius M. Roppolo Memorial Endowment, Sr. Maura O'Donovan, at email@example.com.