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Donation Societies

The Wings of Hope Association ($1,000 minimum gift)

We recognize our donors and their contributions through our many giving societies. For these individual and families enable Catholic Charities to carry out our work yesterday, today and in the years to come!

Catholic Charities’ mission to extend a hand and change lives depends on the longstanding generosity of philanthropic-minded individuals and families, foundations and corporations. Our giving societies are one way for us to say "thank you" to our most committed individual and family donors whose gifts continue to make an enormous impact in our communities.

Catholic Charities celebrates loyal friends with an invitation to join our Wings of Hope Association based upon the following giving levels during our July 1 – June 30 fiscal year:

The de Marillac Society ($1,000-$1,499)

St. Louise de Marillac

Louise de Marillac was born in France in 1591 and was educated by the Dominican nuns at Poissy. She desired to become a nun herself but on the advice of her confessor, she married Antony LeGras, an official in the Queen's service, in 1613. After Antony's death in 1625, Louise met St. Vincent de Paul, who became her spiritual adviser. She devoted the rest of her life to working with him. She helped direct his Ladies of Charity in their work of caring for the sick, the poor, and the neglected. In 1633 Louise set up a training center, of which she was Directress in her own home, for candidates seeking to help in her work. This was the beginning of the Sisters (or Daughters, as Vincent preferred) of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (though it was not formally approved until 1655). She took her vows in 1634 and attracted great numbers of candidates. She wrote a rule for the community, and in 1642, Vincent allowed four of the members to take vows. Formal approval placed the community under Vincent and his Congregation of the Missions, with Louise as Superior. She traveled all over France establishing her Sisters in hospitals, orphanages, and other institutions. By the time of her death in Paris on March 15, the Congregation had more than forty houses in France. Since then they have spread all over the world. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1934, and was declared Patroness of Social Workers by Pope John XXIII in 1960. St. Louise’s special devotion to the poor women of Paris has been an inspiration in professional services to women facing a crisis pregnancy.

The St. Martin Society ($1,500-$2,499)

St. Martin of Tours

When a mere boy, Martin became a Christian catechumen against his parents' wish and at fifteen was therefore seized by his father, a pagan soldier, and enrolled in the army. One winter's day, when stationed at Amiens, he met a beggar almost naked and frozen with cold. Having no money, he cut his cloak in two and gave the beggar half. That night he saw Our Lord clothed in the half cloak, and heard Him say to the angels: "Martin, yet a catechumen, hath wrapped Me in this garment." This convinced him to be baptized, and shortly after he left the army. He succeeded in converting his mother; but, being driven from his home by the Arians, he took shelter with St. Hilary, and founded near Poitiers the first monastery in France. In 372 he was made Bishop of Tours. His flock, though Christian in name, was still pagan in heart. Unarmed and attended only by his monks, Martin converted the people through his preaching and miracles, whence he is known as the Apostle of Gaul. His last eleven years were spent in humble toil to atone for his faults, while God made manifest by miracles the purity of his soul.

In Luke 3:11 we find the words: "The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise." How blessed was Martin who divided his cloak in half to serve the Beggar. St. Martin is the patron saint of the poor.

The Blessed Mother Teresa Society ($2,500-$4,999)

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified October 19, 2003. Born to Albanian parents in what is now Macedonia (then part of the Ottoman Empire), Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu was the youngest of their three children who survived. For a time, the family lived comfortably, and her father's construction business thrived. But life changed overnight following his unexpected death.

In 1928, she made her way to a new land and a new life as she joined the Sisters of Loreto. The following year she was sent to the Loreto novitiate in Darjeeling, India. There she chose the name Teresa and prepared for a life of service. In 1946, while riding a train to Darjeeling to make a retreat, Sister Teresa heard what she later explained as “a call within a call. The message was clear. I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.” She also heard a call to give up her life with the Sisters of Loreto and, instead, to “follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor.”

The work was exhausting, but she was not alone for long. Volunteers who came to join her in the work, some of them former students, became the core of the Missionaries of Charity. As the Order expanded, services were also offered to orphans, abandoned children, alcoholics, the aging and street people. For the next four decades Mother Teresa worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On September 5, 1997, God called her home.

The St. Augustine Society ($5,000-$7,499)

St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo

St. Augustine was a philosopher and theologian and bishop of the North African city of Hippo. Augustine is one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity, and one of the fathers of the church.His preaching on behalf of the needs of the poor served as a foundation for Catholic Social Teaching.

Augustine's continual worry about the poorest of his community was expressed in many sermons. He even reached the point of selling the sacred vessels belonging to the church in order to help the poor. Augustine called Christians to emulate God by showing a special preference for those who are poor and weak. Hell tells us: Christ is at once rich and poor: as God, rich; as human: poor. Truly, that Man rose to heaven already rich, and now sits at the right hand of the Father, but here, among us, he still suffers hunger, thirst and nakedness: here he is poor and is in the poor.

The message of St. Augustine is that precisely because we wish to be at the service of all of society, our primary concern will always be those who live on its margin, excluded from the essential services. Wherever there is structural injustice or people in want, Christians are called to oppose it. Those with the greatest need require the greatest response.

The St. Joseph Society ($7,500-$9,999)

St. Joseph the Worker

Descendant of the house of David, St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus was a builder by trade; traditionally a carpenter, he is most noted for his willingness to immediately respond in faith to those things God asked him to do.

Saint Joseph was a man with a common touch. Quiet and giving, to the degree of verging on mystery, he was a common worker. Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage, descended from David, the greatest king of Israel. We know he was a compassionate, caring man. The just man was simply, joyfully, wholeheartedly obedient to God - in marrying Mary, in naming Jesus, in shepherding the precious pair to Egypt, in bringing them to Nazareth, in the undetermined number of years of quiet faith and courage. He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph's wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: 'Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord". St Joseph is the patron saint of families.

The Guadeloupe Society ($10,000 & above)

Our Lady of Guadeloupe

Missionaries who first came to Mexico with the conquistadors had little success in bringing Christianity to the native Mexicans. After nearly a generation, only a few hundred had converted to the Christian faith. Then in 1531 miracles began to happen. Jesus' own mother appeared to humble Juan Diego. The signs of the roses, of the uncle miraculously cured of a deadly illness, and especially of her beautiful image on Juan's mantle convinced the people there was something to be considered in Christianity. Within a short time, six million Native Mexicans had themselves baptized as Christians.

The first lesson is that God has chosen Mary to lead us to Jesus. Mexicans are devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe as they owe their Christianity to her influence. If it were not for her, they would not know her son, and so they are eternally grateful. The second lesson we take from Mary herself. Mary appeared to Juan Diego not as a European Madonna but as a beautiful Aztec princess speaking to him in his own Aztec language. If we want to help someone appreciate the gospel we bring, we must appreciate the culture and the mentality in which they live their lives. By understanding them, we can help them to understand and know Christ. Our Lady of Guadalupe is patron of the Americas and of the unborn. It is to her that we have recourse, in prayer, for the lives and destiny of the most vulnerable of humans. No matter what critics may say.

Contact Vicky Bauerle (859)581-8974 Ext. 116 to explore our Wings of Hope Association and member benefits.

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