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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

  • Bob and Mary Van PoppelenBob and Mary Van Poppelen
    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.

  • Setting an ExampleSetting an Example
    George's philosophy on retirement seems to be "If you rest, you will rust."

  • Deeply DevotedDeeply Devoted
    Recalling ninety-one years on this earth, a dear friend of the Priests of the Sacred Heart shares her family's inspiring story.

  • God Has Been Good to MeGod 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.

  • The Richer She Is For Being So PoorThe 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.

  • I Admired the Priests, I Never Forgot Them...I Admired the Priests, I Never Forgot Them...
    "I first heard of the Priests of the Sacred Heart when I was in India, Bangladesh Territory in 1943-1944. We were moving up to the war front and had to wait for supplies...

  • LawrenceLawrence
    Originally from Watertown, Wisconsin and an avid golfer, Lawrence remembers golfing at Whitnall Golf Course and seeing the old seminary for the Priests of the Sacred Heart.

  • Loyal, Trustworthy and DependableLoyal, Trustworthy and Dependable
    Married in 1950, Hilary and Irene were raised in the Milwaukee area and were high school classmates. Working as a Milwaukee Police Officer, Hilary was drafted into the US Army during the Korean crises.

Gifts of Stock Story

  • Peace of Mind Gift AnnuityPeace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.

Donations/Support Story

  • Helping to Enable God's WorkHelping 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.

Memorial Gift Stories

  • Leading for the FutureLeading 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.

  • Memorial Gift – Tree of LifeMemorial Gift – Tree of Life
    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.


  • 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.

  • A Need for PriestsA 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.

  • Guided by His PresenceGuided 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.

  • Blessed by Many Years of FriendshipBlessed by Many Years of Friendship
    Antoinette, a teacher then counselor, is like the angel collection that adorns her and her sister Jo’s home; inspirational.

Good Steward Society/Bequest Stories

  • Sharing Her Blessings to Support a Worthy EffortSharing 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...

  • We Make a Living by What We Get...We Make a Living by What We Get...
    Lynn was a young struggling waitress and new to Seattle when someone gave her a picture of the Sacred Heart. The imprint on the back indicated that...

  • You Cannot Out Give the GiverYou 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.

  • Live by ExampleLive by Example
    Throughout his 45 years of marriage, George was a devoted and loving husband and father. George and his wife Catherine were fortunate to have eight wonderful children, one daughter and seven sons.