Implementing Pope Francis's Vision: A Grant Opportunity
The Fr. Ignatius M. Roppolo Memorial Endowment seeks grant proposals for parish-based projects that involve lay-clergy collaboration in implementing Pope Francis's vision.

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 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:

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.

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.

We recommend that you finalize your answers to the questions by typing them into a word processing program and then copying/pasting them into the survey below.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the Fr. Ignatius M. Roppolo Memorial Endowment, Sr. Maura O'Donovan, at

Project Title. Please give a name to your project. *
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Parish Name and Address *
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Please provide the name and phone number of one person we can contact with any questions about this application.
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Amount of money requested, up to $1,000. *
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At least the pastor and one layperson should take leadership on this project. Please write out the names, positions (as appropriate), and email addresses of those who will take leadership on this project. *
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Project Summary
Please summarize your project by describing your parish and introducing this project and what you hope it will accomplish. (2,000 character maximum). *
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Pope Francis's Vision
What element(s) of Pope Francis's vision inspires this project, and how will the project implement Pope Francis’s vision? In answering this question, make sure to refer to an encyclical, exhortation, letter, speech, homily, book or other source by Pope Francis that inspires your project. You may also wish to quote your source (2,000 Character Maximum). *
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Lay-Clergy Collaboration
How will this project promote lay-clergy collaboration? (1,000 Character Maximum). *
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Please give a numbered list of 2-4 goals that you hope to achieve concretely as a result of this project. *
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Please briefly articulate an action or actions you intend to take to achieve each goal. To respond, please type the number of each goal followed by the action(s).
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In addition to the leadership of this project, who will be directly involved in it? Explain (1,000 Character Maximum). *
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Required: What concrete difference do you anticipate this project making in your parish, and how will you communicate that? (1,000 Character Maximum) *
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Optional: What concrete difference do you anticipate this project making beyond your parish? (1,000 Character Maximum)
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Please describe in some detail how the amount of money requested will be spent--how much, to whom, to do what. *
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