2020/2021 Shine On Grant Recipients

The following Shine On Grants were awarded in 2021. The next round of Shine On Grants will begin on July 1, 2021. Click here to apply.

  • The Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House is seeking a $5,000 grant from the Pacione Foundation to fund the build-out of an outdoor worship space to be used for youth retreats. The centerpiece of the worship space will be the cross used in 1995 at the Papal Mass celebrated by St. John Paul in Baltimore, an event that was orchestrated by Mark Pacione. The outdoor worship space will be used in conjunction with a separate project we are building, an outdoor ropes course. This new “Ropes & Religion” initiative will give youth an opportunity to bond over a ropes course and then gather for Mass as part of a unique outdoor retreat experience.
    • Cost of entire project $193,000
    • They have received $75,000 from the Knott Foundation.
    • Planning to break ground in Summer of 2021 and be operational by Fall of 2021
    • Has full support of the archbishop and Bishop Parker
    • Continuing to seek additional funding

The Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House was awarded a grant of $5,000 from The Mark D. Pacione Foundation.

  • Ministry Training Source is asking for $5000 for a research project to study the current generation of ministry leaders to gain a deeper understanding of the current realities of youth and young adult ministry and those that lead this ministry on behalf of the church.  “With millennials being majority of the youth and young adult leaders serving in parish ministry, there is much to learn about their approaches and service to the Church. Findings from the first phase will inform the development of the methods and focus of the second phase of this research.”

Ministry Training Source was awarded a grant of $5,000 from The Mark D. Pacione Foundation.

  • St. Agnes Book Drive is requesting $500 donation to purchase books for children and adolescents to be given to patients of the St Agnes Pediatric Emergency Room.  The Emergency Department see and treats children ages birth to 18 from the surrounding communities and Baltimore city. 
    • Mission   Books provide a diversion in an often stressful situation for children and parents.  Being sick is no fun but a story can help alleviate the anxiety while involving the parent in a comforting mode.  Sharing a story/book helps build a child’s cognitive level, family bond, self-esteem with new knowledge and desire to learn and explore.  These children and adolescents are our future youth ministers, school leaders, scholars, and so much more as the sky’s the limit.

St. Agnes Book Drive was awarded a grant of $500 from The Mark D. Pacione Foundation.