ACTA Foundation

Past ACTA Grants

Dismas Ministry

Dismas Ministry is a Catholic outreach to inmates, victims, their families, and those released from prison. ACTA awarded a grant to Dismas Ministry to assist in the preparation and publication of an adult catechism, A Reason for Hope: Part Three, ( which covers Christian Morality) specifically designed for inmates.

Busted Halo

Busted Halo is a media project of the Paulist Fathers which directs its efforts to young adults. Through its BustedHalo.com website Busted Halo uses innovative ways to reach young adult spiritual seekers and connect with them through the rich depths of our Catholic tradition. Through an ACTA grant Busted Halo was able to create an Online Catholic Information Center which is planned to feature new catechetical offerings targeted specifically toward young Catholic adults.

Eparchy of St. Josaphat

The Ukranian Catholic Diocese of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio. Through one of its grants, the ACTA Foundation helped the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in producing a video on the Sacrament of Penance. Special consideration was given to a young adult audience in producing the video.

Echo

Echo is a dynamic, two year experience of service and apprenticeship that prepares tomorrow's leaders in faith formation. Participants in Echo have the opportunity to engage in ongoing academic, professional-ministerial, communal, and spiritual formation while serving in a parish in the USA. This ongoing formation and hands-on experience enables apprentices to develop the skills, insights, and capacities that help promote the catechetical mission of the Catholic Church. ACTA awarded Echo a grant to help fund its training and placement program.

Georgetown Center for Liturgy

The staff at the Georgetown Center for Liturgy developed a project that would assist parish leaders with implementing a mystagogical approach to formation for and through the Sunday Eucharist. The project, called "Reclaiming the Power of Sunday Eucharist", will develop a manual that includes a detailed strategy for forming parish teams with the intention of applying a mystagogical approach. The project will be tested in various sites before its final publication. A grant from the ACTA Foundation helped to get the project rolling.

A Colloquium on Catechesis and Young Adults

In July 2007 the ACTA Foundation funded a three day colloquium in Chicago to explore and discuss a simply stated but provocative question: "How can catechesis promote and sustain the engagement of young adults in the life of the Catholic community?"

The event was sponsored jointly by ACTA, the National Pastoral Life Center, and the publisher William H. Sadlier, Inc. Gathering a number of individuals from various disciplines related to church ministry and the inclusion of young adults for the purpose of interactive dialogue, the colloquium aimed at finding new ways of reaching young adults through creative approaches to catechesis. ACTA's commitment to the colloquium came with the hope that through this colloquium ACTA could encourage new and imaginative approaches to adult catechesis which would possibly find their way in search of an ACTA grant.