St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation

Endowment Fund

The St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation Fund was established to provide for the future care of the Cathedral. Donations to this fund are a great gift to our community and will ensure that all families within our diocese are able to enjoy the beauty and sanctity of our Cathedral Church now and for years to come.

Current Value

An endowed fund of $1 million will provide a yearly distribution of $40,000 to help preserve our beautiful century-old Cathedral

About this Fund

Help preserve a piece of El Paso’s sacred history. Construction on St. Patrick Cathedral started on April 7, 1914 with the founding of the Diocese of El Paso a month earlier, and was dedicated on November 29, 1917, Thanksgiving Day.

The Cathedral has since been the mother church of the Diocese of El Paso, home to daily and weekly liturgical celebrations. With the 100th anniversary of the Diocese in 2014, St. Patrick Cathedral and the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso set out to build a permanent endowment fund for its historic preservation. The St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation Fund allows for the future care of the Cathedral for countless years.

Photo Credit: Patrick Craig, Joe Najera, and Diocese of El Paso Archives

Fund News

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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1st Annual Steward of the Year Contest

The Catholic Foundation is looking for someone in the diocese who actively demonstrates a life of service, prayer and giving in their parish. The 2018 Steward of the Year will receive two tickets to the 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner: Walking with the Saints, and dinner for two at a local restaurant. The winning parish will win a cash prize of $1,000. Nominations must be submitted by pastors or parish administrators by April 27.

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St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation Fund Hits Goal of $1 Million

Frank W. Gorman, Jr., a devout Catholic and lifelong St. Patrick Cathedral parishioner left a generous gift to the St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation Fund, helping the fund reach its goal of $1 million. The campaign to establish a permanent fund for the Cathedral was initiated by Fr. Rick Matty† in 2011. Since then, more than 400 donors have given generously to the preservation fund.

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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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Upcoming Events

September 20, 2018

12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner: Walking with the Saints

Guest speaker Colleen Carroll Campbell is an author, print & broadcast journalist, and former presidential speechwriter. The Foundation of Faith Dinner aims to bring the 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.”

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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 St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation

Ana Elena Allen Fund
Phillip and Bette Azar, Jr. Fund
Marshall and Julia Condon Fund+ El Paso Community Foundation
Dr. Arturo and Martha Contreras Fund
Bridget Cormack Fund
Paul and Suzanne Dipp Fund
Susan Elias Fund
Frank and Barbara Gorman, Jr. Fund
Rollo R. and Doris Gurss Fund in honor of Rollo Gurss, Jr. and Ginger Gurss Francis
Mary Ann Haynes Fund in memory of Zach T. Haynes and Paul Marie Haynes
San Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Memorial Fund
Philip and Mayela Martinez Fund
Daniel and Irma Miles Fund
Michael and Clara Miles Fund
Rudolph and Elvia Miles Fund
Carolyn Mora Fund
Ron Mulvihill and Cecilia Miles Fund
Robert and Carolyn Niland Fund
Luis A. and Connie Perez Fund
Dr. Arturo and Irma Ramirez Fund
Manuel and Guadalupe Soto Family Fund
Allen and Martha Miles Stumbo Fund
Lionel “Wally” and Jane Thomson Fund
John and Rosa Thorpe Fund
Michael and Connie Jensen Wilczewski Fund
Yellen Family Fund
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