Sharing Our Blessings
In 2022, we launched our last major campaign for our Sisters: Sharing Our Blessings. The campaign goal: raise $25 million by December 31, 2032 to ensure that all of our Sisters, especially those not yet retired, receive the care that they have given others throughout their lives. Our Sisters are financially responsible for their health and retirement needs; we do not receive any diocesan funding.
Rising costs and an aging congregation – combined with a lifetime of low wages in active ministry –means that our Sisters’ current savings is not enough to cover our long-term health and retirement needs. In spring 2022, we retained a third-party actuarial firm to update our financial analysis. Using a National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) analytic tool, the actuarial firm identified the need for an additional $25 million in savings. The NRRO tool considers demographics, current cost of care, and existing savings.
The Sharing Our Blessings $25 million, 10-year campaign funds:
- High-quality, innovative medical, social, and spiritual support services, programs, and equipment
- Food, transportation, Convent Park beautification, and convent enhancements and maintenance
- Enhancements such as electric chair lifts and bathroom grab bars in the homes of Sisters still living within their communities that allow them to safely age in place.
- Paying down the new convent’s remaining mortgage payment
Since the campaign’s launch in October 2022, we have raised $6.6 million (26%) of our total goal of $25 million. Thank you to our many friends and supporters! For more information on the campaign, please click here for our case statement.
$1 Million Challenge Match Met by Our Donors
To help launch this new campaign, two of our long-standing donors and friends – Molitor Foundation and We Energies Foundation – have partnered to match all donations valued up to $2,500, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million or May 28, 2023, whichever occurs first. (This date had special significance: it was the 174th anniversary of the congregation’s founding.) We are delighted to report that our donors generously rose to the challenge, donating $1.7 million. The result is a total donation of $2.7 million to the Sharing Our Blessings campaign. We are deeply humbled by the generosity of our donors. Thank you!
Please click here to make a generous donation to the Sharing Our Blessings campaign. Or if you wish to learn about other giving options, such as donating from your Donor Advised Fund or giving gift of stocks and bonds, please click here.
To learn more about the campaign, please contact Nancy Ketchman, Director of Advancement via email or calling 414-294-7329.