Share in the Spirit – Frequently Asked Questions

What is Share in the Spirit and why is it important?
Share in the Spirit is an annual collection of the Diocese of Wilmington conducted at all Masses during the fourth weekend of September. This collection offers parishioners the opportunity to show their support of Catholic education and to assist the diocese in its effort to provide a Catholic education to every child who desires one.

Why is the Tuition Assistance Collection needed?
Contributions to the Share in the Spirit collection combined with funds from the diocesan Vision for the Future Education Trust help open the doors of Catholic elementary and secondary schools to children whose parents struggle to afford the full cost of tuition.
Tuition assistance isn’t a handout; it’s a helping hand. Families who receive assistance are responsible for at least 50 percent of the cost of their child’s education.

How significant is the need?
For the 2015-2016 school year, the diocese received applications representing nearly 1,200 students. FACTS, an independent agent that analyzes the financial need of each applicant, determined that more than $4.4 million would be required to fulfill the maximum need of every family who qualified for assistance. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, financial assistance could be provided to only 295 students.

Is Catholic education worth the investment?
The value of Catholic education cannot be underestimated. For 185 years, the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Wilmington have carried out their essential mission to educate and form students in the light of Jesus Christ. One of the best ways to show your support of Catholic education is by donating to the Share in the Spirit collection.

How do I make my donation?
Use the special Share in the Spirit collection envelope found in your offertory envelope packet and place it in the collection basket the weekend of September 26-27. Or make a contribution by sending a check to: Development Office – Share in the Spirit, Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, P. O. Box 2030, Wilmington, DE 19899. The check should be made payable to Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.

I think this is a cause that deserves greater support. Can I make tuition assistance part of my estate planning?
Yes. Call Deborah A. Fols, diocesan development director, at (302) 573-3121 or write her at [email protected].

How do I apply for tuition assistance?
Application packets are offered though your school’s administrative office and made available in December for the following year. For further information contact your school or the diocesan development Office at (302) 573-3121.