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February 3, 2021  

In Honor of the World Day for Consecrated Life: An Interview with Anne Folan with the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations

In honor of the World Day for Consecrated Life, we are replaying an interview with Anne Folan. Anne discusses the toll student loan debt is taking on vocations. Anne Folan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations, a nonprofit Catholic organization that makes grants for student loan debt relief for young men and women with vocations to religious life. 

45 million Americans owe student loan debt, collectively owing more than $1.5 trillion dollars. Two out of every three college graduates will graduate with a student debt load averaging over $30,000. For individuals discerning a call to religious life, student loan debt can create a tremendous obstacle they didn't consider when pursuing their college degrees because religious communities usually don't allow a person with unresolved debts to enter formation. 

Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations:  https://fundforvocations.org

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Matthew 6:24-“No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

 

 

December 9, 2020  

Student Loan Debt and Lay Ministers: An Interview with Amanda Zurface

A few months back we did a series of podcasts on how student loan debt is affecting vocations. In this episode, we speak to Amanda Zurface (www.AmandaZurface.com) about how student loan debt is affecting lay ministers as well. Amanda is a Catholic spiritual director, writer, speaker, and Canon Lawyer. She is also one of the millions of young adults dealing with student loan debt. Amanda speaks to us about her debt load is affecting her life and her calling to lay ministry. Despite her debt load, Amanda still donates 10% of her annual profit to help others who have accrued student loans debt to either directly or indirectly serve the Catholic Church. 

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Learn more about Amanda Zurface at www.AmandaZurface.com

 

 

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December 2, 2020  

The Best Christmas Gift You Can Give Yourself

The Advent season is a time of preparation for the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas. This episode of the Compass Catholic podcast provides 5 helpful tips to keep your holiday spending in line so you can enjoy the Advent season without stressing about your credit card bill.

What do you do to keep your holiday spending in line? Share them  with us at Podcast@CompassCatholic.org!

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October 14, 2020  

Picking a Charity to Support with Brice Sokolowski

Brice Sokolowski (author of Alms, Your Definitive Guide to the In’s and Out’s of Catholic Fundraising) joins Caitlyn and Diana to discuss how to determine if the charity you want to support is a worthwhile cause and will put your money to good use. No one want to see their hard earned money squandered. Brice gives some practical tips so you can make sure your money is used well.

To learn more about Brice, visit https://catholicfundraiser.net

To learn more about the LePanto Institute, visit http://www.lepantoinstitute.org

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September 16, 2020  

6 Ways to be Creatively Generous

In these crazy days, it's easy to forget about generosity. But it's so good for us, even if our budget's aren't what they used to be. Here is a list of 6 ways we can be creatively generous. Pope Francis has said, "Dear Young People, the Church expects great things of you and your generosity. Don't be afraid to aim high." Let's aim high!

Do you know of any other ways that weren't listed in this podcast? Please comment below! We'd love to hear from you!

6 Ways to be Creatively Generous:

1. Donate Your Points or Miles

2. Consider a "Donate the Change" Credit Card

3. Look into a company match for your automatic donations

4. Donate your time

5. Be generous with gratitude

6. Review a book, podcast, or blog. You can practice this one with the Compass Catholic podcast!

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September 2, 2020  

Back to School Money Tips with Erin Kiger

School will probably look different this year compared to previous years. In this week's episode, Caitlyn and Diana talk with Erin Kiger as she provides tips to financially deal with the different schooling options many families are facing. Erin has been an elementary teacher, a K-12 instructional technology coach, worked in higher ed, and has an educational consulting business. She has worked in both the public and the Catholic school systems. She shares her knowledge regarding how to financially prepare for distance and traditional education, online school and even homeschooling.

If you are considering homeschooling, you may want to research some Catholic homeschooling options. These may include:

Angelicum Academy

Seton Home Study School

Mother of Divine Grace School

Some other resources for Homeschool families include:

Catholic All Year

They Call Me Blessed

If you have any other resources you would like to share, please email us at info@compasscatholic.org

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August 28, 2020  

Money Stories: Living Marriage on Mission

In today's episode, we talk with a young married couple, Michelle and Ais Lopez. Join us as they share about how they live Marriage on Mission. Their sense of calm, despite their own personal struggles and their financial and spiritual generosity, reveal their radical trust in the Lord in all areas of their life. Their decisions reflect their belief that what they do with their money matters to others and to God and they are models of how to prayerfully discern all decisions and let God be the one to guide their choices.

 

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August 14, 2020  

Money Stories: Introducing the Newest Member of the Compass Catholic Team -Jenny Ibarra

Join us in welcoming Jenny Ibarra to our Compass Catholic Team! Jenny just joined us as our new office manager and we're thrilled to have her. At Compass Catholic, we believe personal finance is more than just dollars and cents. How we spend our money is a reflection of our values. Jenny shares her personal money story about how a decision she and her husband made four years ago enabled her to join our team.
 
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July 10, 2020  

The Effect of Student Loan Debt on Vocations, Part 3, with John Flanagan from The Laboure Society

In this week’s episode, Diana and Caitlyn speak with John Flanagan from the Laboure Society. John is the executive director of the Laboure Society which is a nonprofit organization that aims to help aspirants tackle their student debt load so they can discern their potential calling. John talks about the method Laboure has implemented that is Canon Law and IRS compliant. The Laboure method was also designed to grow a community of stewardship and ownership of our calling as laity to support vocations.

 

Links from this week’s episode:

The Laboure Society

https://rescuevocations.org

To Donate to the Laboure Society

https://rescuevocations.org/give/

 

Equifax article about the FICO Resilience Index

https://www.equifax.com/business/fico-resilience-index/

 

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July 1, 2020  

Time for a Financial Health Checkup

We are midway through a tumultuous financial year and it’s time to revisit your current financial situation and define what’s going to change or remain the same in 2020. This year, more than ever it’s imperative to stay on top of your financial situation.

The Compass Money Map is a great place to start and the Compass blog has more about a financial health checkup.

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