Pericles, one of the most notable statesmen of Athens, was an able general, and was also known for his oratory expertise. During his tenure, he made the following observation regarding leaving a mark on the world:
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
Some of the most generous benefactors to Saint Vincent Seminary are those who “leave their mark” by naming our institution as a beneficiary in their estate. The beauty of an estate gift to the Seminary is the “multitude effect” that it has on the education of Seminarians for many, many years.
One of the very specific ways this can be done is to create a Scholarship in your (and/ or your spouse’s) name. If this is part of your estate, then the Scholarship will be created at the time of the estate settlement. The funds will be placed into an endowment, and the proceeds from that endowment will be used to offset the costs of tuition for many seminarians for many years to come. What a beautiful legacy to leave in the name of your family!
Estate gifts may also be used for building projects or for programmatic improvements such as our Homiletics program or our Spiritual Formation program. Whatever your designation, you can rest assured that your gift will be put to very good use in the formation of future priests for the Church.
If you want to create an Estate Plan, but are unsure as to how to begin, please let us know. We can help. We have assembled a team of professionals who are trained in estate planning, yet they speak in plain and understandable terms. They will be pleased to help you and to answer your questions, especially those regarding the taxation laws regarding estates.
Finally, look for future mailings and announcements from our office regarding Estate Planning events and informational sessions. Our office hosted an event the evening of April 1 in the Fred M. Rogers Center, and we plan to offer additional sessions through the summer and fall of 2009.
Saint Vincent Seminary is growing in numbers and in spirit, thanks in large part to your generosity. Your gifts to the Seminary are gifts that will greatly help the Church, and will be “woven” into the fabric of future priests for many years to come.
For further information about Planned Giving, you may contact Paul Whiteside by email at or by phone at (724) 532-6740.