Now more than ever, people desire the Gospel message of hope and they yearn for the nurturing touch of Christ that comes to us through the sacraments. Priesthood studies offer seminarians a program of sound scholarship and pastoral formation designed to prepare these men for priestly and pastoral ministry in our diocese.
One of the major challenges facing seminarians today is the cost of their education. As we all know, the cost of a college education even at a public institution, is well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. This challenge is no different in the seminary. In order to minimize the financial impact, we need the support of many faithful Catholics who value the mission and vision of our diocese and want to invest in its future.
As a diocese, we must make supporting the education of our future priests and pastors a priority. Let us ensure that no calling from God to the priesthood will be hindered by financial need. Through our generous support of our future priests, we are investing in the sacramental life of our children and our children’s children.
When you make an outright gift, your contribution can be put to work immediately.
Cash Gifts – the simplest and easiest gift you can make – can be made through outright cash, a personal check or credit card.
Gifts of long-term appreciated stock provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to the Diocese of Lansing before they are sold. Gifts of stock are encouraged when the donor has a desire to make a charitable gift and avoid capital gains tax.
Donors wishing to offer continuing support for our mission to prepare well formed priests, can leave a specific gift amount in your will, name a percentage of your estate, or make the diocese a beneficiary of the remainder of your estate. Consult with your attorney or estate planning professional about detailing this in your will, restricting your gift to support seminarians.
You may wish to transfer long-term appreciated stock (held for one year or more) to the Diocese of Lansing in support of seminarians. The diocese will sell your stock and use the proceeds for seminarian formation and you will receive significant tax benefits. Please contact the Development Office for stock transfer details.
If you have paid up life insurance policies you no longer need, you can name the diocese as the beneficiary of the policy. You could also name the diocese as the owner and the beneficiary of a new policy. In either case, specific language restricting the gift to benefit seminarians should be in writing.
A gift annuity is an arrangement under which you make a contribution to support seminarians and receive, in turn, guaranteed payments for life. Your gift allows for a tax deduction and a portion of your annual annuity is tax free. Annuity rates vary depending on your age.
A charitable trust is an attractive way to sell a highly appreciated asset, tax free, and reinvest it to provide you with a lifetime of income. A charitable trust can be flexible, so as to allow you to make future contributions and receive current income tax deductions.
Please contact our Development Office to discuss your gift options in support of our future priests by calling Pat O’Hearn at 517.342.2503 or Lisa Weber at 517.342.2535.
If you wish to make an immediate gift, please complete the donor contribution form and return it along with your contribution.