The Catholic Foundation Announces New Legacy Society

September 18, 2009

Planned Giving, The Pilot

By Richard Ely

The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of The Catholic Legacy Society – a new name and identity for what has been called “The 1808 Heritage Society.”

The Catholic Legacy Society was established to recognize and thank donors who make known to us that they have included the Archdiocese, a parish, school or ministry in their estate plans. 

Gift plans such as a will bequest, charitable gift annuity, charitable trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan beneficiary designation are vitally important to the future mission of the Church.  Grounded in personal values, these gifts leave a lasting legacy of support for future generations. 

Membership involves no dues, obligations or solicitations.  Most importantly, it allows The Catholic Legacy Society to thank you and recognize you and other members for your gift plan, and may inspire others to such generosity.  Benefits of membership in the Society include invitations to Society-only events and seminars and our Catholic Legacy Society newsletter.

The Catholic Legacy Society Name and Logo

Faithful Christian stewardship is the nurturing and sharing of God’s gifts. It is the answer to the question asked in the Psalms, “How shall I make a return to the LORD for all the good he has done for me?” (Psalm 116:12).

The logo of the Catholic Legacy Society offers a representation of how our call to stewardship is realized in a life of faith, hope, and love.

Our faith is firmly rooted in Christ, whose cross is a sign of endurance and victory.  The logo echoes an image from our archdiocesan seal of a cross planted on three hills, (Beacon Hill, Pemberton Hill and Mount Vernon), symbolizing the land upon which our faith took root. Stewardship strengthens this faith for tomorrow.

Our hope is alive with ever-growing potential as seen by the leaves sprouting from the life-giving cross. These twelve leaves indicate the many gifts of God’s People—the Church, founded on the Apostles, whose lives were a witness to their hope in the promises of Christ. Stewardship brings this hope to tomorrow.

Our love is a journey to and from the cross. As followers of Christ we share “the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties” of every people. The paths to and from the logo’s cross remind us of this journey that we, as faithful disciples, must undertake in solidarity with the world. We bring the needs of others to Christ, and he blesses us with the gifts we are to share with them in love. Stewardship gives this love to tomorrow.

What the Lord has planted, we nurture in faith. What the Lord makes grow, we await in hope. What the Lord gives us to harvest, we share in love. “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

Richard Ely is Director of Stewardship & Gift Planning at The Catholic Foundation.  If you have already included the Archdiocese, a parish, school or ministry in your estate plan and wish to join the Society, please contact Richard at 617-779-3702 or or visit

This article originally appeared in a special “Parish Stewardship & Fundraising” section of The Pilot on September 18, 2009

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