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The Whalon Fund for the Creative Arts (WFCA)

The Whalon Fund for the Creative Arts (WFCA)


  “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton

Art in its fullest sense -- paintings, illustrations, sculpture, the written word, plays, music, dancing, and even architecture -- has been used throughout the history of the Church and well before, to tell the stories of the Bible. From the Lindisfarne Gospels to the Sistine Chapel ceiling, from Medieval Miracle plays to Jesus Christ Superstar, from choirs singing Evensong to Bach’s great Passion masterpieces, the arts have been central to the life and wellbeing of the church.

Art and its creation and use in our churches need not be grand and great masterpieces. It can be the simple drawings and models made in our Sunday schools, the hassocks we kneel on, banners and wall hangings, instruments to help us make music.

Click on this link to see the amazing difference art makes to the life of the Convocation

The ' Art is ?' slideshow

THE WHALON FUND FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS has been created in honor of The Rt.Rev Pierre Whalon, the Convocation’s first elected full-time Bishop, and a very talented musician.

The Fund is looking to support arts projects including but not limited to the creation of parish banners, an artist in residence at youth events and parish retreats, a new music composition, a special performance, an exhibition, instruments to be used in worship or Sunday school, or something creative that congregations or individuals would not be able to do or afford on their own. It must, however, be a project that comes from within a congregation and not from an outside body or person. The fund will not fund on-going projects, salaries, maintenance or repairs. The fund guidelines and application form may be downloaded by clicking on the links below and downloading them. Alternatively, applicants may send in their own form as long as all the information required is submitted.

Parishes and missions in the Convocation are invited to submit grant proposals to support their work. Grants will be made for up to €500.

Grant applications for 2021 need to be submitted by June 1, 2020

  • Fund Guidelines - see here
  • Application form - download here 

WFCA Committee Members

A committee has been set up to consider grant requests and make recommendations to the Council of Advice who will make the final decision. If a parish or mission is unsure if a project qualifies please contact Deborah Cole or another member of the committee.


Ways to Give...

The Convocation would like to add to the fund and information about how to donate can be found below.  As a fund of the DFMS, all donations are tax-deductible in the United States.

Give by Credit Card
through the Convocation’s Tithe.ly account:

Enter the amount you wish to give (in USD), your card number, CVV and expiry date, your email address and full name. You may add a memo if you wish (for example if you are giving a donation in honor of someone else, or a special occasion). You may choose to cover the card processing fees so that the Fund receives the full amount of your donation; you may also set up automated giving, whereby the sum you choose will be automatically debited from your card at regular intervals. You will receive a receipt by email, and at the end of the year, you will receive a tax receipt annotating all the donations you have made during the financial year.

Other ways to give:

Wire transfer for U.S. Dollars:
Bank Name: US Bank
Bank Address: St. Paul, Minnesota
ABA Number: 123000848
SWIFT Code (International wires): USBKUS44IMT
Account Name: Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society
Account #: 153 910 784 211

(If using this method please notify Sunny Hallanan and Margareth Crosnier de Bellaistre of the transfer).

Bank transfer for Euros:
Beneficiary Bank: Standard Chartered Bank Frankfurt
Beneficiary Account: DE04512305000500058202 (IBAN of account)
Beneficiary Name:   US Bank / DFMS
The memo line should read WFCA and please also send an email to Sunny and to June Victor  letting them know to expect the donation.


Please make payable to the "Domestic & Foreign Missionary Society," with a memo for the WFCA or The Whalon Fund for the Creative Arts. Checks should be mailed to:

N. Kurt Barnes
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
The Episcopal Church
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Transfer of Stock:
Please see https://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/contribution_instructions_2018.pdf for details.

For additional Information contact: 
Andrea d'Agosto,
Administrator at St. Paul's Within the Walls, Rome 
+39 06 48833 39‬