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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.

We are surrounded in our own churches by art. The crosses, wall hangings, paintings, the hassocks we kneel on, the photographs we take as records of our life, stain glass windows that light up when the light streams through them, the drawings and models that are made in Sunday school and the hymns that we sing are all forms of art that we enjoy every Sunday.

The ' Art is ?' slideshow

In honor of the Convocation’s first elected full-time Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, the Transition Committee and Council of Advice are inviting both individuals and congregations to donate money to set up THE WHALON FUND FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS.

The fund is dedicated to supporting both the visual and performing arts in the parishes and missions of the Convocation. The goal is to invest the money and use the income to provide grants to the parishes and missions of the Convocation. There are some very talented people in our midst and the fund will be there to encourage our creativity.

WFCA Committee Members

Following the launch of the Whalon Fund for the Creative Arts, the Council of Advice has appointed the following people to review applications for grants from the fund. We are inviting parishes and missions in the Convocation to submit grant proposals for visual and performing arts projects. Grants will be made for up to €500. Guidelines for proposals and the grant application are on the Convocation Website. Applications for 2020 need to be made by September 2020.



Deborah Cole        

St Augustine, Wiesbaden GERMANY



Mary Haddad    

The Cathedral, Paris FRANCE


Felicity Handford   

All Saints, Waterloo BELGIUM


Larry Litman                                                                     

St Pauls within the Walls,




Zach Ullery            

The Cathedral Paris FRANCE


The Fund is looking to supporting arts projects such as a parish banner, an artist in residence at youth events and parish retreats, a new music composition, a special performance, an exhibition, 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 or copying and pasting them.

Fund Guidelines


Application form





If a parish or mission is unsure if a project qualifies please contact Deborah Cole or another member of the committee.

 As a fund of the DFMS, all donations are tax-deductible in the United States.

Ways to Give...

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