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The Ministry Leadership Program is part of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s Generative Spirit initiative in collaboration with the Conference of Religious Leadership and Coalition with Young Adults. The program is made possible through a generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.




The Ministry Leadership Program serves young adult campus ministers and faith formation staff at sister-led, sister-founded schools and colleges throughout Northeast Ohio. Through this pilot, which includes a year of professional development, leadership building and spiritual formation, we hope to develop the next generation of lay leaders in ministry.

The program will begin in February 2019 and conclude in December 2019.

Campus ministers enrolled in the Ministry Leadership Program will be matched with a sister companion, who will serve as a mentor and adviser, and together they will partner to develop mission integration programming. Participants will receive a stipend, and their employers will receive a one-time grant to implement their plans at the end of the program.

Applications will open November 8, 2018 and close January 4, 2019. Participants will be notified in mid-January, and the year-long program kicks off at the end of February 2019.


Nonprofit Professional Development Grant Opportunity

As an extension of the Ministry Leadership Program, the Sisters of Charity Foundation is offering a mini-grant opportunity for young adults (ages 22-39) working in sister-founded, sister-led nonprofit service and advocacy organizations to access professional and spiritual development opportunities. The goal of the mini-grant opportunity is to provide young adult employees with capacity-building to help equip and energize them for continued service in ministry.

Eligible applicants can apply for up to $1,000 of funding for professional, leadership, or spiritual development opportunities which may include, but is not limited to:

  • Conferences/ events
  • Trainings/ workshops
  • Spiritual direction
  • Professional coaching
  • Retreat experiences

Applications will open December 3, 2018 and close January 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified by February 22, 2019 of the status of their grant application. Awarded applicants will complete a final report on their learnings to be submitted to the Foundation no later than one year from when the grant was awarded.

If you are interested in applying for a mini-grant or have any questions on the program, please contact Courtney Zuendel at Interested applicants will need to contact Courtney in order to access the application.



Ministry Leadership Program Timeline


November 8, 2018:

Program applications available online

Information session for interested campus ministers & school administrators: Register here


November 14, 2018:

Information session for interested sisters: Register here


January 4, 2019:

Applications due for participants and sister companions


January 18, 2019:

Campus ministers, schools and sister companions are notified of status


Late February 2019:

Orientation and luncheon for participants and sister companions