For many years the Guild has given large funds to every diocese in England and Wales, thanks entirely to the generosity of Ransomers. 2017 was no different with £330,000 being distributed in December. The result of this money being sent to every diocese is many parishes can continue their mission of ministering to Catholics (and in the name of evangelisation, non-Catholics) all over the England and Wales.
According to the letters received in the Guild office at Walsingham, the funds have been spent on a variety of projects. These include the repainting of some Churches and chapels; evangelisation projects; refurbishing presbyteries; partially funding youth workers; repairing roofs; renovating and repairing toilets; and in one case, the partial funding of an entire Church rebuild.
In order to justify the poor parishes distribution, the Guild has to always remember its primary objective, ‘The conversion of England and Wales’. When the funds are sent out a request is made to every parish that they provide a brief report as to how the funds are spent so that the Executive Council can be certain its aims and objectives are being met.
In 2017 the Guild began funding the Falklands Prefecture. Mgr Stark had already been involved in funding this during his tenure as Master, but the funding ceased for a few years. However, in 2017 we received news that a priest was once again ministering to the Catholics on these islands. After a bit of deliberation the Executive Council agreed to begin the funding. Although 2017 shows £5,000 was distributed to the Falklands Prefecture, in actual fact £5,000 had been given in the early summer, but this was counted in the 2016 Poor Parishes Grants.