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About Our Organization

The Labouré Society exists to provide financial assistance and spiritual support to men and women, who must resolve student loans in order to pursue their vocation to priesthood and/or religious life in the Catholic Church.

Labouré History

Upon discovering that most dioceses and religious communities require Aspirants to be debt free before entering formation, Minnesota businessman Cy Laurent began assisting Aspirants with debt resolution - primarily in the form of student loans. It was simply unacceptable to Laurent that vocations were being delayed indefinitely and even abandoned because of these impediments; especially considering the heartfelt prayers for vocations offered by individuals and communities for decades!

Drawing from his twenty-plus years of experience in Fortune 500 companies and his twenty-five years as an entrepreneur, Cy Laurent began working with others toward assisting this population, which he expected could be quite a few. Laurent soon realized that the number would likely be many hundreds and that raising funds from family and friends would not be enough. Seeing the pressing need for a charitable society to accomplish so great a work, Laurent and Mike Smeby of University Bank in Saint Paul, MN established The Labouré Society as a 501 (c) (3), becoming operational in 2003.

Laurent is convinced that “a ‘springtime’ of these vocations is at hand” and that “assisting them through the Society presents an eternal return-on-investment opportunity with 100% tax deductibility.”

Founder Cy Laurent continues his work for The Labouré Society as Executive Director, today.


The Labouré Society is a 501(c)(3) organization * Donations are Tax-Deductible * 1365 Corporate Center Curve * Eagan, Minnesota 55121 * 651.452.1160 * All Rights Reserved, 2010 Saint Catherine Labouré ~ Pray for Us * Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal ~ Intercede for Us

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