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$100,000 initiative to advance Catholic schools and discipleship

As we enter our second month of school, the gift of hope and the blessing of faith sustains us in our ministry as we share our talents and unique charisms. You, the members of our parish and school communities, are what enable our church to support and encourage discipleship in our Catholic schools. Your volunteer hours, the sharing of your talents, and your financial commitment to our schools is a blessing beyond all measure. Thank you! 

As we treasure what has been given to us, we also rejoice in a new and wonderful opportunity that has been presented to Catholic schools across the Diocese of Duluth. This opportunity will help to enhance educational excellence and grow enrollment. Richard M. Schulze, the founder of Best Buy, has offered the Diocese of Duluth Office of Catholic Schools a challenge grant. Mr. Schulze has been supporting the Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for many years and now is offering his support to our schools as well! 

The Schulze Family Foundation is offering a “Challenge Matching Grant” for up to $50,000. The Office of Catholic Schools has been challenged to raise $50,000 by Dec. 31, 2021. The Schulze Foundation would match the $50,000, to total $100,000! This is a tremendous opportunity to help our schools grow in excellence. We are already raising funds; however, we need your help to get to our goal by Dec. 31, 2021. 

The impact of your support reminds us of the story of the loaves and fishes. Just as God brought abundant blessings through the young boy’s offering, so too, can blessings multiply through your gift. The matching grant opportunity will benefit our Catholic schools throughout the entire diocese, including International Falls, Hibbing, Virginia, Grand Rapids, Duluth, Cloquet, and Brainerd! 

To learn more about the Diocese of Duluth Catholic Schools visit 

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