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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • Annuity Stories

    • Setting an Example
      Setting an Example
      George's philosophy on retirement seems to be "If you rest, you will rust."
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    • Deeply Devoted
      Deeply Devoted
      Recalling ninety-one years on this earth, a dear friend of the Priests of the Sacred Heart shares her family's inspiring story.
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    • God Has Been Good to Me
      God Has Been Good to Me
      Reading about the good work the Priests of the Sacred Heart was how Cecilia first learned of their mission, and it is that mission of helping those most in need that keeps her ever faithful.
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    • The Richer She Is For Being So Poor
      The Richer She Is For Being So Poor
      We are always humbled and grateful when people share stories about the good works of the Priests of the Sacred Heart with others, just as a priest of the Erie Diocese did with his housekeeper, Millie.
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    • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
      Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
      Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
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    • Fixed Income for Retirement
      Fixed Income for Retirement
      After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
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    • A Legacy of Devotion
      A Legacy of Devotion
      God didnít promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain, but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.
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    • She left me for another man
      She left me for another man
      We are so blessed to learn about some of our donors and we appreciate their allowing us to share very personal information as an inspiration to others.
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  • Gifts of Stock Story

    • Helping to Enable God's Work
      Helping to Enable God's Work
      Many people own appreciated stock – stock that has risen in value over time. For example, Jane has a stock account with a well-known brokerage company.
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  • Donations / Support Story

    • Missions in Action
      Missions in Action
      Two of our benefactors, Bob and Mary Van Poppelen, traveled with Fr. Dominic and Pam, our Mission Advancement Manger, to India and Vietnam to see first-hand the needs of our Dehonian missions there.
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    • Part of the Family
      Part of the Family
      Julio and Estela Gonzalez first met a member of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Jim Steffes, when they came to St. Lawrence Parish in San Antonio, Texas in the early 1970s.
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    • Making a difference, no matter how small
      Making a difference, no matter how small
      Growing up in Croatia, Frances and her family were inspired and devoted to the Sacred Heart. Soon after coming to America in 1939, she learned of the Priests of the Sacred Heart through "their great work in spreading the word of God and helping the poor."
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    • A Giving Heart
      A Giving Heart
      I remember the first time we met Margaret. Fr. Dominic and I had wanted to visit her while in her area, but we did not have a phone number. We decided to check in...
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    • Jesus sent me a card
      Jesus sent me a card
      Dear Fr. Dominic, on the first day of kindergarten my great-grandson was hit by a truck. He had fallen on his knees trying to escape, but his foot...
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    • Finding the Love of Christ
      Finding the Love of Christ
      Kristen is one our Heart to Heart members and makes a monthly contribution from her bank account. Kristen is one of those people you would love as a...
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    • By Our Hands, devoted Rosary Makers
      By Our Hands, devoted Rosary Makers
      For many years, the Priests of the Sacred Heart have been blessed to receive handmade rosaries from many faithful friends. This is a story of...
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    • Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
      Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
      On June 16, 2023, Fr. Rafael Querobin, SCJ, pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Houston, TX, welcomed 80 families to participate in the Sacred...
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  • Memorial Gift Stories

    • Leading for the Future
      Leading for the Future
      Luke and Candice spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
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    • A Lasting Tribute
      A Lasting Tribute
      Years ago, Mary received a picture of the Sacred Heart from a neighbor as a gift when she had moved. Although the family was not Catholic, they were religious.
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  • Burse Stories

    • A Need for Priests
      A Need for Priests
      Andrew was born in a small farming village in Czechoslovakia. During the years following World War II, Andrew's family decided to immigrate to the USA.
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    • Guided by His Presence
      Guided by His Presence
      One of our friends, Vitalis, is a Philippine born American citizen who has devoted her life to the care of others in her profession as a Registered Nurse.
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    • Sharing Her Blessings to Support a Worthy Effort
      Sharing Her Blessings to Support a Worthy Effort
      We often hear from many of our friends about the dire need for more priests. Possibly you, too, have experienced this shortage in your own parish...
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    • A true Catholic humanitarian and successful doctor
      A true Catholic humanitarian and successful doctor
      A true Catholic humanitarian and successful doctor, Edwards' faith guides his actions. I wish to share with you the inspiring words and actions of Ed, a true...
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  • Good Steward Society/Bequest Stories

    • It's Never Too Early...
      It's Never Too Early...
      Recently devastated by the sudden death of her husband Richard, Gertrude waited before sharing her sorrow with Fr. Paul.
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    • You Cannot Out Give the Giver
      You Cannot Out Give the Giver
      The Priests of the Sacred Heart always look forward to meeting with donors whose generosity makes possible our ministry to the poor.
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    • Remember That When You Leave This Earth...
      Remember That When You Leave This Earth...
      Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.
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    • Faithful Supporters
      Faithful Supporters
      Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization over the years. Both of them strongly believe that it is important to support and encourage our mission.
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    • I Remained Hopeful in Our Lord's Mercy
      I Remained Hopeful in Our Lord's Mercy
      Recently, one of our dear friends, Roxanne, notified us that she was listing the Priests of the Sacred Heart in her estate plans with an...
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    • Sharing Our Devotion with Family
      Sharing Our Devotion with Family
      It is always so nice to visit with our friends across the country. From time-to-time, Fr. Dominic and Pam Milczarski, our Major Gifts Manager, will meet with donors...
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  • DAF Stories

    • Looking Forward to the Future
      Looking Forward to the Future
      We all tend to "look back", on good times and not so good times. Last year was no exception. As we look back at 2020, we are grieving for all who...
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  • H2H Stories

    • Growing up in Croatia
      Growing up in Croatia
      On the many travels that Fr. Dominic and Pam take around the country getting to meet our wonderful friends, Frances stands out as one of the...
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    • A note of thanks
      A note of thanks
      Dear Fr. Dominic, "Thank you for your wonderful letter in July on the anniversary of my dear wife Carol's passing. Your letter served as a reminder of how...
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    • Your Vision will come clear only when you look into your heart
      Your Vision will come clear only when you look into your heart
      "Your vision will come clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens."- Carl Jung Bob, also known as Woody...
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