Retired Priest Appreciation

Endowment Fund

The Retired Priest Appreciation Fund offers a way for us to give back to our Catholic priests who have served us so faithfully. Your gift will help retired diocesan priests - who currently receive $1,000 a month in retirement benefits - with modest assistance to supplement their benefits.

200
Donors
$1,798,415
Current Value
$5,000,000
Goal

Reaching our goal would provide a yearly distribution of $250,000 to help senior priests stay well and active in our communities.

Fund News

A Third Man Studying for the Priesthood to be Ordained a Transitional Deacon in 2018

Christus Alapini will be ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate by Bishop Mark J. Seitz on Friday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa de Lima Parish in Pecos. 

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El Paso Giving Day

Heard of El Paso Giving Day but don't know what it's all about? Here are all the facts you need to know.

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Once-in-a-Lifetime Byzantine Concert in El Paso

The Theotokos Orthodox Choir will perform Byzantine music at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall at the University of Texas at El Paso on Friday, October 12 at 7pm. Tickets for this special one night only event are $12 and can purchased at ticketmaster.com.

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Catholic Foundation Honors Religious Sisters, Raises $90,358 at 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner

The Catholic Foundation honored the Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Loretto with the 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award for their extraordinary contributions to the Diocese of El Paso for over a century. The event raised $90,358 in just one night. Proceeds benefit the Foundation whose only purpose is to serve the Catholic Church in the Diocese of El Paso.

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4th Annual Dei Gratia Award Winners Announced

The Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Loretto will be honored as the recipients of the Catholic Foundation's 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award during the 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner: Walking with the Saints on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the El Paso Convention Center.

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2018 Ordinations to the Priesthood

The Most Rev. Mark Joseph Seitz, D.D., Bishop of El Paso, ordained Germán Alzate and Victorino Loresca to the Priesthood on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm during a special Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown El Paso.

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Increase your Retirement with the Catholic Foundation

You make a donation using cash, marketable securities or other assets, and we, in turn, pay you a fixed amount for life. In addition to the opportunity to increase your retirement income as you help shape our future, gift annuities offer you numerous tax benefits.

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Two Men Studying for the Priesthood to be Ordained Transitional Deacons

Michael Lewis and Miguel Perez will be ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate by Bishop Mark J. Seitz on Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral.

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Progress: Bishop's Ministry Appeal 2018

This year, Progress turns 35! Established in 1983, Progress, the Bishop's Ministry Appeal, is an annual diocesan fundraising campaign to support the day-to-day operations of ministries and services within our diocese.

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The Catholic Foundation raises $121,460 in just one night at the 11th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner, Honors Rudy & Elvia Miles with 3rd Annual Dei Gratia Award

The Catholic Foundation raised $121,460 in just one night at the 11th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner and celebrated the accomplishments of Rudy & Elvia Miles with the 3rd Annual Dei Gratia Award. Proceeds benefit the Foundation whose only purpose is to serve the Catholic Church in the Diocese of El Paso.

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2017 Priesthood Ordination

The Most Rev. Mark Joseph Seitz, D.D., Bishop of El Paso, ordained Cong Vo to the Priesthood on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm during a special Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown El Paso.

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Longtime El Pasoans Benny & Machelle Vanecek celebrate 50 years of matrimony

Benny and Machelle Vanecek celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows on Saturday, September 3 at 12 noon at St Patrick Cathedral: the same day, time, and place they married in 1966.

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Upcoming Events

September 19, 2019

Save the Date for the 13th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner

The purpose of the annual dinner is to bring the whole community together to celebrate our Catholic faith, experience the wisdom and grace of renowned national and international speakers, and disseminate the Stewardship message of, “Pray. Serve. Give.” Keynote speaker to be announced soon!

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Why Give to Endowment?

Endowment funds provide a vehicle through which individuals make outright or planned gifts that will have an everlasting impact on the 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.

Other Ways to Give

In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.

By Phone or Mail

To donate by phone, please call:
(915) 872-8412
(Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT)

To mail your donation:
Download our Donation Form PDF

Monthly Giving

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.

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Legacy & Planned Giving

Make a planned gift through a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan, or other planned giving instrument.

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Establish a Named Fund

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.

Named Fund Donors Supporting the Retired Priest Appreciation

Frank and Barbara Ainsa Fund
Leroy and Rose Baeza Fund
Rev. James M. Coindreau Fund
Gilbert G. and Lupe Estrada Fund
Robert V.+ and Juanita S. Falvey Fund
Rollo R. & Doris Gurss Fund in honor of Rev. Richard Matty
Mercedes Guzman Fund in honor of the Hornedo Family
David and Angelica Lemaster Fund
Fred & Maria Loya and Family Fund in honor of Msgr. Francis J. Smith
Rudolph† and Elvia† Miles Fund
Carolyn Mora Fund
Jody and Shaw Skinner Family Fund
St. Raphael Parish Fund
Russell and Marty Vandenburg Fund
Benjamin A. and Machelle Vanecek Fund
Oscar and Martha Venegas Fund
Albert R. Haag † Fund
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