The Elizabeth Wiehe Scholarship Fund was created in memory of the beloved founder, teacher, and longtime principal of St. Raphael School and will provide scholarships for young students who could not otherwise afford to attend St. Raphael.
Elizabeth M. Wiehe was born in New York, New York on May 31, 1934. After graduating from Cathedral High School in New York City, she married the love of her life, Stephen Wiehe. As a military wife for over 30 years, Elizabeth traveled extensively and finally settled in El Paso, Texas. An active member of St. Raphael Parish, she was a part of the Women's Auxiliary and the Altar Guild, and served as Lector and Eucharist Minister.
After receiving her B.A. and Master’s in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), she assumed the role of pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Raphael School in 1976. From that small beginning, Mrs. Wiehe built St. Raphael Catholic School into one of the finest Catholic schools in El Paso. She became the principal in 1990 and dedicated the last 36 years of her life to St. Raphael School, its staff, and the students she loved. Mrs. Wiehe had three loves in her life; God, her family and St. Raphael School.
Gifts and pledges of all sizes for the Elizabeth Wiehe Scholarship Fund for St. Raphael School are welcome. Tax-deductible donations can be made on a one-time basis or over a period of 1-5 years, and you can pay with check, credit card, or automatic debit. You may also choose the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso to leave a bequest for St. Raphael School in honor of Elizabeth Wiehe.
Mrs. Wiehe inspired countless students, teachers, parents, staff, faculty, and clergy during her years at St. Raphael School and she lives on through the lives she touched. When you give to this fund, you create more opportunities for Elizabeth Wiehe Scholars to attend St. Raphael School.
Endowment funds provide a vehicle through which individuals make outright or planned gifts that will have an everlasting impact on the ministry/parish/school. In time the income generated by the gift will far exceed the original donation.
As a result, endowed funds provide a perpetual, supplemental source of income for such things as the enhancement of programs and ministries, facilities maintenance, scholarships and seminary assistance, priest retirement, etc. Learn more about endowment funds.
In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.
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Monthly giving can be a powerful way to provide sustainable, long-term support for our Catholic community. As little as $20 (66 cents a day) can make a difference for the people and parishes that are helped by the ministries and charities of the Diocese of El Paso.
Make a planned gift through a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan, or other planned giving instrument.
Donors may create a Named Fund with a gift or pledge of $10,000 or more over a five-year period benefiting the endowment fund of their choice. If you are interesting in establishing a Named Fund in honor of an endowment fund, please contact us online or call (915) 872-8412.