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The Labouré Society

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Religion, Religion-Related, Roman Catholic

Mission: Laboure's mission rescues Catholic vocations from the barrier of student loan debt thereby freeing hundreds of vocations to enter seminaries and religious communities.

Results: 1. 270 men and women delivered into seminaries and religious communities and orders. 2. Those men and women have raised $5.9M in student loan debt reducing funds. 3. Over 80% of those assisted have gone on to final ordination, profession of final vows or are currently in formation. 4. Laboure has helped aspirants and communities from all over the country. 5. Laboure graduates are located in religious communities and parishes nationwide, serving the needy, feeding the poor, caring for the sick, praying in cloistered orders for the salvation of souls, and conferring all the sacramental graces the Catholic church has to offer. 6. Created a network of thousands of people praying for vocations. 7. Laboure aspirants have met with thousands of Catholics around the country sharing the joy of their vocation, inviting Catholics into that joy, and evangelizing untold numbers of Catholics as a result of these encounters. 8. Supported by vocation directors, religious superiors, and bishops nation wide. Full support of the USCCB.

Target demographics: We rescue Catholic vocations from the barrier of student loan debt. The vast majority of seminaries and religious communities around the country will not accept men and women who have outstanding student loan debt. The presents a serious problem for the church at a time when the church desperately needs more Catholic priests and religious. Laboure solves this problem for the church and for these men and women who want nothing other than to turn their lives over to the Catholic church to serve Jesus Christ in numerous different ministries and charisms.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017 Laboure is helping 37 future priests and religious. The first 6 month class of 2017-which ended on June 30, 2017-graduated 10 aspirants who are now entering their religious communities. The second 6 month class in 2017 is on track to graduate 9 aspirants. All others in the class will come back for second classes and possibly third classes dependent on their debt level.

Geographic areas served: Our home office located in Minneapolis, MN. But we help future Catholic priests, sisters and brothers who live in locations all over the country.

Programs: Laboure teaches these "aspirants" to religious life a Catholic-based, metric driven, collective fundraising model. Through this model, aspirants erase or substantially mitigate five and six figure student loan debt in 6-24 months rather than 15-18 years. This is not a hand out program. The aspirants take full accountability for their debt. Through the Laboure program the aspirants are not only able to accelerate the elimination of their debt, but they also undergo a human and pastoral formation process which makes them ideal candidates for religious life. Laboure's rescue mission is urgent because vocation studies tell us there are approximately 3000 discerning men and women in this country who are abandoning their vocation because they think their student loan debt is an insurmountable obstacle to their vocation. The Laboure model removes that obstacle and frees our future priests and religious to enter seminaries, convents and religious orders. There is no other Catholic lay organization in the country having the impact Laboure is having in delivering vocations to the Catholic church. Laboure's rescue mission strengthens the church and helps heal the culture. The world needs the light and leaven consecrated lives bring to all they encounter.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Laboure Society, is a gift to the Church. The work it is doing to help rescue vocations is beautiful and necessary. If I had not met the staff and worked with them, I would not be in the Dominican Order today. Instead, I would be out working for several years to overcome the financial burden to entering religious life. As a result, I may have lost my vocation along the way. I am thankful for the help the Laboure Society has given me, which has allowed me to pursue my religious vocation, and to flourish in the life as a Dominican Friar.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was pretty certain that once I knew God was calling me to give my life to Him and to the poor as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, I would never be truly happy because due to my student loans, I could not answer this call. The situation I was in, I found, was not uncommon. Thousands of Americans, men and woman, future religious and future priests, face this difficult obstacle. Thanks be to God and to His hand in The Labouré Society, I am able to overcome this obstacle and prepare to enter the Franciscans in a year rather than not at all. The work that Labouré is doing is not only making it possible for people like me to answer God's call, but they are forming us in virtue and in discipleship to be men and women after God's own heart, trusting and dependent upon His loving providence in the very way He intended. Because of Labouré, I am thankful that God gave me the obstacle of student loans!

Derek N. E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Laboure Society is doing a very necessary work. It is helping rebuild the Catholic Church one vocation at a time. It is helping students who've unforseen a religous calling during college, realize that calling, and respond boldy and directly to what God is asking. I'm so very grateful for it's assitance to my classmates, and myself, Class 15, and their generous pouring out of self into this mission of "Rescuing Vocations". God bless them, and truly, they are a great non-profit!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an Aspirant for the Laboure Society, this is something I would have never known existed if it weren't for a friend who knew I had a lot of student loan debt to mitigate. The Laboure Society has patiently been working with me and have been very encouraging in their whole process. I am very glad that they exist for the sole purpose of helping remove that obstacle that definitely holds many of us back. The staff and volunteers are extremely exceptional in their desire and willingness to help all the Aspirants reach their God-given vocations. Everyone there truly and genuinely care about us and want us all to succeed. They provide different means to promote ourselves which is beautiful to see how they all come together to make this happen and possible! I definitely encourage those wanting to help support Catholic vocations to partner up with the Laboure Society because they have a heart for vocations and work one-on-one to make these realities possible. Join an organization devoted to Christ and His Church that will bring much fruition!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Labouré Society is an answer to years of prayer by the Universal Church, including my own. Many individuals, including myself, would be unable to take the next step in our vocational journeys without the help of this magnificent organization.
Through the ministry of The Labouré Society, many lives continue to be impacted in positive ways as the wonderful works of God are shared.
May God continue to bless this wonderful organization, its staff, benefactors and volunteers as they continue to rescue vocations and renew the church with vocations.

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate the vision of the Laboure Society - help young adults transition from professional life to professed life. As young adults rack up excruciating debt, the Laboure Society offers a pathway forward. Young Catholics discerning a vocation have a way of inviting others to offer assistance in reducing debt - but more importantly - offers members of the Church a reason to hope.
Father Kevin Finnegan
Our Lady of Grace, Edina, MN

Board Member

Rating: 5

Laboure is the greatest and most concrete sign of hope that God is listening to so many prayers offered by so many for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. THANK YOU LABOURE!
St. Catherine of Laboure, pray for us!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Laboure' is a nonprofit that is unique and has a mission to bring more religious vocations to the Catholic Church. It teaches the candidates for religious life to share their vocation story to their local community. They ask them to pray and support their financial needs to pay off their student loans. Student loans are a barrier to their entering most religious communities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with the Laboure Society has far exceeded any expectations that I had. The staff are absolutely amazing, so open and generous with their time. The volunteers are top notch, truly interested in helping. I highly recommend supporting the Laboure Society.

Donor

Rating: 5

The staff at Labore is very dedicated to their work. I met them in Nashville at a Serra Convention and have been a donor and volunteer since then. The work that the do is so important to develop more good priests and great citizens.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this organization to assist their clients by helping them set and review their weekly goals. The Laboure Society provides a wonderful service to their clients by giving them the skill set and encouragement that they need to raise money so they can enter into their vocations, which are all dedicated to a life of service. It is an incredibly positive and productive environment. It is also very well organized and uses processes that provide transparency and accountability for oversight of their own management performance and personnel.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The reason I commit my time, talent and treasure with The Labouré Society is their embodiment of the old adage “Give someone a fish and feed them for a day. Teach them to fish and feed them for a lifetime.”
The skills, process and discipline which The Labouré Society teaches their Aspirants (clients) will serve these men and women well past their months of fundraising as they work to reduce their college debt in order to begin their vocation.
I’m also attracted to how “lean” The Labouré Society organization is structured, assuring that 90%+ of financial support actually benefits current and future Aspirants.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Laboure Society is what the church needs today! I’m quite convinced that we would have less religious men and women serving our people if Laboure didn’t exist. Thank God for laboure volunteers, emplyee’s and accountability partners who teach Aspirants like myself how to tell our stories and to give parishioners the opportunity to invest in vocations today.

God bless you! & let us pray for one another :)
- In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Fall 2018 Aspirant

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Labouré Society is not only a wonderful non-profit, but also a family of believers in giving to the Church many new Men and Women to the Priesthood and Religious Life! I love my Labouré Family

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Labouré Society has rescued hundreds of Catholic vocations from the barrier of student loan debt thereby freeing them to enter seminaries and religious communities. Labouré teaches these "aspirants" to religious life a Catholic-based, metric driven, collective fundraising model. Through this model, aspirants erase or substantially mitigate five and six figure student loan debt in 6-24 months rather than 15-18 years. Through the Labouré program the aspirants are not only able to accelerate the elimination of their debt, but they also undergo a human and pastoral formation process which makes them ideal candidates for religious life. Laboure's rescue mission is urgent because vocation studies tell us there are approximately 3000 discerning men and women in this country who are abandoning their vocation because they think their student loan debt is an insurmountable obstacle to their vocation. The Labouré model removes that obstacle and frees our future priests and religious to enter seminaries, convents and religious orders. There is no other Catholic lay organization in the country having the impact Labouré is having in delivering vocations to the Catholic church. Laboure's rescue mission strengthens the church and helps heal our wounded culture. The world needs the light and leaven consecrated lives bring to all they encounter.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Labouré Society is delivering vocations to the Church that would have otherwise been lost! As a Church, we have been praying for an increase in vocations for generations. I believe that Labouré is a part of those answered prayers. I've watched the work of Labouré transform the lives of the men and women who go through their program, giving them confidence, clarity, and new skillsets. They're better discerned at the end of the Labouré program and ready to serve the Church as they enter into formation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been part of the Laboure family for almost five years! I left my former employer because I wanted to do something much more rewarding, something that would make an impact in the world and I found it in Laboure. The men and women we work with are making an impact in this world and I am blessed to be apart of this family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Laboure is the most rewarding nonprofit organization I have served in my life! What a privilege to make an investment and/or donate time as a volunteer to terrific young men and women wanting to dedicate rest of their lives (but blocked by student debt) to serving others, society, sick, poor, and those less fortunate. For your ROI, this is best nonprofit I can recommend due to a total focus on the mission, talented lean staff, strong endorsements from alumni Laboure aspirants (now in religious/priestly formation) and Catholic bishops. Attached are photos from alumni aspirants with supporters including Bishop Robert Barron, and recent "Boot Camp" where Christian-based fundraising principles are taught.

1 Caitlin C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to The Laboure Society by the vocation director for my home diocese. At the time I was trying to fund raise on my own to pay off my student loan debt in order to enter religious life and realized that I needed more help. At first I was hesitant about flying out to Minnesota, but through prayer and The Holy Spirit I was strengthened to "Go out into the Deep". By joining The Laboure Society, my vocation to becoming a consecrated sister in the Roman Catholic Church has been saved! I have been given a second chance because of The Laboure Society. Without the Laboure Society, my vocation would have been lost. The Laboure Society is not only a Great Nonprofit, The Laboure Society is an answer to prayer!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

By far the best non-profit organization I've had the pleasure to work with. The hallmarks of Labouré are integrity, a passion for their mission, and a deep commitment to helping others achieve their vocation goals. Highly recommended.