Partner with us by making a contribution to support our work in education, health care, parish ministry, and social service programs that serve the poor.
Contact Sr. Charlene Wedelich CDP in the Mission Support Office at (210) 587-1121 for information on current projects.
Or, if you prefer, you may mail your contribution to us:
Your gifts are tax-deductible as provided by law.
The interest and support of friends and benefactors has always played a meaningful role in the work of the Sisters of Divine Providence. Your gifts assist in furthering the mission of the Sisters to help those in need and show God’s provident love to others.
Gifts can be designated for various areas of need:
Missions in Mexico
Sisters in our Mexico Region are engaged in serving the poor, particularly in the area around Queretaro in central Mexico. For example, one Sister is working with an agency that distributes food to the needy and two others are doing pastoral work in two very poor parishes on the outskirts of the city. Your support allows these and other sisters to minister to those in very great need.
Convent Communications Project
Many of our senior Sisters are not able to be physically present in our chapels for Mass or other services, nor in community meetings in our meeting rooms. However, they are able to participate because of the closed circuit TV system that was installed about 15 years ago. Technology has changed and our communications equipment is out of date and no longer functioning effectively. To fully upgrade the cameras, receivers and other necessary equipment will cost approximately $80,000.
We are very pleased that in 2012-2013, Kate Fitzgerald and Misty Garriga will be first-year novices, and Bianca Esquivel will be in the pre-novitiate program, all here at Our Lady of the Lake. Also, Kay Thierheimer will be continuing in the pre-novitiate program while living in a CDP community in Houston. The formation of these Sisters-to-be is very important to the Congregation and to all whom they will serve in the future. Also, our Vocation Ministers in Texas and Mexico work with individuals and groups to assist them in discerning God’s call in their lives. Your contribution to the formation of future sisters and the work of the Vocation Ministers is an investment in the future of our Church.
Moye Retreat Center
With the help of many friends of Moye Retreat Center in Castroville, we have been able to make significant physical improvements at the Center. Supporting the long-standing spiritual retreat ministry of Moye and also maintaining the historical buildings continue to be priorities.
The Providence Trust is a fund designated to ensure the future comfort, safety and if necessary, nursing care for Sisters in their later years. Since the Sisters of Divine Providence came to Texas, they have dedicated their lives to educating the illiterate, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, sheltering the homeless and ministering to those in need. They labored for little or no pay and with no thought of their future security. Older Sisters return to the Convent in San Antonio when they retire, and even here they continue to take on responsibilities as long as they are able.
Mobile Ministry is an ongoing project of the Sisters of Divine Providence and their Associates. Its aim is to serve the Church in rural areas or other parishes that may be underserved.
Sophia Women's Learning Center
The Sophia Women's Learning Center was created to provide an opportunity for women whose high school education was interrupted. Admission is open to all women who have graduated from 8th grade and who are committed to earning a high school diploma. Courses are computer-based and provide individualized learning.
Gifts can also be designated for area of greatest need. Please contact Sr. Charlene Wedelich CDP in the Mission Support Office at (210) 587-1121 for information on current projects.
You can support the Sisters of Divine Providence in various ways.
Cash, Checks, or Credit Card
Gifts by cash, checks, or credit cards are welcome and vital to sustaining the on-going work of the order. Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diner's Club, and JCB are accepted.
Memorial and Honor Gifts
A memorial gift is an especially thoughtful way to remember and express your respect for a loved one, friend, acquaintance or CDP Sister who has passed away. Honor gifts provide a way to give a “gift that keeps on giving” in celebration of someone’s birthday, an anniversary, or other special event. Notification of these type of gifts is sent to the person honored or the family of the deceased. The amount of the gift is not disclosed.
Giving can also go on beyond your own lifetime through carefully considered planned gifts.
The most obvious way to make a planned gift is through a bequest in your Will. Not only does this become a gift that goes on, it is the way most of us can leave a more significant gift than we might have considered possible. Such a bequest can be a set amount or a percentage of the remainder of your estate.
In addition, you can name the Congregation of Divine Providence as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy… or of what remains on an IRA or 401K plan after your death… or as the beneficiary on investments such as savings accounts, CDs, and stocks and bonds. Assets can be put into a charitable Trust that can provide income for you during your lifetime and then revert to the charity.
Please consider these ideas. Discuss them with your attorney or tax accountant. Be assured that it is possible to give well beyond your own lifetime.