Our Partners in Mission have 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 most need and show God’s provident love to others.
Support our ongoing mission and ministries
Gifts can be designated for various areas of need:
Ministries in Mexico
Sisters in our Mexico Region are engaged in serving the poor, particularly in the area around Querétaro in central Mexico. For example, one Sister is working with an agency that distributes food to the needy, another in a program to educate street children and a third in a home for the elderly. Your support allows these and other sisters to minister to those in very great need.
The formation of women becoming Sisters is very important to the Congregation and to all whom they will serve in the future. Our Vocation Ministers in Texas and Mexico work with individuals and groups to assist them in discerning God’s call in their lives. We are very pleased that Sisters Kate Fitzgerald and Misty Garriga professed vows at Our Lady of the Lake Convent Center during General Assembly in June 2014. 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 adults and children, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, sheltering the homeless and ministering to those in need. For years they labored for little or no pay and with little thought of their own welfare. Many older Sisters return to the Convent in San Antonio where they don’t “retire,” but continue to be of service as long as they are able.
The Sisters of Divine Providence are committed to caring for the Earth and God’s Creatures. This awareness moved the Earth Care committee to reflect seriously on how they can contribute to the sustainability of the most precious resource, water. The committee has purchased a rain barrel collection system, but has aspirations to build a 50,000 gallon underground rainwater collections system that will provide water in the garden, pecan grove, and cemetery areas.
Ministry in Haiti
The Congregation of Divine Providence San Antonio participates in the triennial meeting of Leadership Teams of Moye’s seven congregations. In 2012, the Holy Spirit moved the group to address the needs of the people from Haiti who were still recovering from the 2010 earthquake. It was decided to establish an inter-congregational mission in Haiti. The commitment was to include active participation or financial support and prayer. The CDP of San Antonio committed to a weekly prayer and an annual financial contribution.
What Kinds of Gifts are Accepted?
You can support the Sisters of Divine Providence in various ways.
Memorial and Honorarium 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. Honorarium 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 never 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 after your death.
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.
Cash, Checks, Credit Card, or in-Kind Gifts
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.