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, Laurent began working with others toward assisting this population. 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. Founder Laurent continues his work for The Labouré Society as Executive Director, today.
"Between heresy and schism there is this difference, that heresy perverts dogma, while schism, by rebellion against the bishop, separates from the Church. Nevertheless there is no schism which does not trump up a heresy to justify its departure from the Church."